Vermont proposing to raise renewable power limit

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MONTPELIER (AP) -- The administration of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to almost quadruple the amount of electricity that small renewable energy projects can send on to the grid while receiving credit on electric bills for that power.

Currently, net metering is capped at 4 percent at a utility's peak capacity, but most of the state's utilities have reached that limit. The limit means people who want to build small-scale solar, wind, anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, biomass and fuel cells.

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Darren Springer laid out the state's proposal Wednesday to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

The department wants to raise the cap to 15 percent of peak demand for three years while a more permanent solution is found.


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