The House Natural Resources and Energy Committee has voted to approve the new bill, which would involve a series of summer meetings among lawmakers on the subject.
The bill now goes before the full House.
The original bill grew out of reaction to large-scale wind projects. Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed a commission to examine state policy on siting and reviewing energy projects. The House bill says lawmakers will review the commission's report.
Matt Levin of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, which wanted the moratorium, said the six hearings outlined in the bill are a positive step that the issues need to be addressed.