Thursday October 4, 2012

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin has set up an independent commission to review the siting of electric power generating projects including wind farms in Vermont.

The commission will compare Vermont’s methods for approving projects to the process in other states, particularly in New England, following growing concern about mountaintop wind projects.

It also will look at the role of public and municipal participation in Vermont’s approval process and the timing of issuing permits as well as analyze whether the process adequately protects the state’s lands and environmental and cultural resources.

The commission is expected to provide a report to the governor and certain legislative committees by April 30, 2013.