Connecticut utility officials endorse Vermont renewable bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Backers of a renewable energy bill making its way through the Vermont Legislature say a draft ruling from regulators in Connecticut effectively endorses the Vermont legislation.

The Vermont bill would end a program that critics have said has allowed double-counting of the state’s renewable energy efforts: once when they meet Vermont state goals, and again when renewable energy credits are sold to Connecticut utilities.

A bill given final passage in the House on Tuesday and headed to the Senate would end that practice but still allow the sale of renewable energy credits not claimed by Vermont utilities out of state.

A draft ruling Wednesday from the Connecticut Utilities Regulatory Authority says the Vermont bill likely would make a potential legal squabble between the two states unnecessary.

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