Vermont - H40 - 2015

An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

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Added On: 01-24-2015
Updated On: 06-11-2015
Status: Enacted
Primary Sponsor: Anthony Klein (Democratic)





Companion Bills (1)

Actions (87)

  • 01-21-2015 - Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 02-18-2015 - Referred to Committee on Ways & Means per Rule 35(a)
  • 02-27-2015 - Third Reading Ordered
  • 02-27-2015 - Roll Call Results Passed -- Needed 70 of 138 to Pass -- Yeas = 127, Nays = 11
  • 02-27-2015 - Report of Committee on Natural Resources & Energy as amended agreed to
  • 02-27-2015 - Report of the Committee on Natural Resources & Energy amended as recommended by the Committee on Ways & Means
  • 02-27-2015 - Rep. Masland of Thetford reported for the committee on Ways & Means
  • 02-27-2015 - Rep. Ellis of Waterbury spoke for the committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 02-27-2015 - Read Second Time
  • 03-10-2015 - Roll Call Results Passed -- Needed 73 of 145 to Pass -- Yeas = 121, Nays = 24
  • 03-10-2015 - Read Third time
  • 03-10-2015 - Passed
  • 03-10-2015 - Which was disagreed to
  • 03-10-2015 - Roll Call Results Failed -- Needed 72 of 143 to Pass -- Yeas = 53, Nays = 90
  • 03-10-2015 - Rep. Browning of Arlington moved to amend the bill
  • 03-10-2015 - Which was disagreed to
  • 03-10-2015 - Rep. Browning of Arlington moved to amend the bill
  • 03-10-2015 - Roll Call Results Failed -- Needed 71 of 141 to Pass -- Yeas = 42, Nays = 99
  • 03-10-2015 - Which was disagreed to
  • 03-10-2015 - Rep. Turner of Milton moved to amend the bill
  • 03-10-2015 - Which was agreed to
  • 03-10-2015 - Rep. Branagan of Georgia moved to amend the bill
  • 03-12-2015 - Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 04-28-2015 - Rules suspended & bill committed to Committee on Finance with the report of Committee on Natural Resources & Energy intact, on motion of Senator Bray
  • 04-28-2015 - Rules suspended & taken up for immediate consideration, on motion of Senator Bray
  • 05-11-2015 - Rules suspended & bill committed to Committee on Appropriations with the report of Committee on Natural Resources & Energy and Finance intact, on motion of Senator Kitchel
  • 05-11-2015 - Rules suspended & taken up for immediate consideration, on motion of Senator Kitchel
  • 05-12-2015 - Substitute Recommendation/Proposal of amendment, by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 05-12-2015 - Reported without recommendation by Committee on Appropriations
  • 05-12-2015 - Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Finance
  • 05-12-2015 - Second Reading
  • 05-12-2015 - Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 05-13-2015 - 3rd reading ordered
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment  by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy, as amended, agreed to
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment agreed to
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment agreed to
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment by Senator(s) Ashe; text
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment agreed to
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment by Senator(s) Mullin; text
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment by Senator(s) Nitka, Benning, Campbell, Degree, Kitchel, McCormack, Rodgers, Starr, and White; text
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy amended as moved by Senator(s) Lyons
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy amended as recommended by Committee on Finance
  • 05-13-2015 - Reported without recommendation by Senator Kitchel for Committee on Appropriations
  • 05-13-2015 - Reported favorably by Senator MacDonald for Committee on Finance with proposal of amendment
  • 05-13-2015 - Motion agreed to
  • 05-13-2015 - Senator(s) Bray motion to substitute amendment for Committee on Natural Resources & Energy recommendation of amendment; text
  • 05-13-2015 - Read 2nd time, reported favorably with proposal of amendment by Senator Bray for Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 05-13-2015 - Proposal of amendment to be offered by Senator(s) Lyons
  • 05-13-2015 - Substitute Recommendation/Proposal of amendment, by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 05-13-2015 - Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Finance
  • 05-13-2015 - Reported without recommendation by Committee on Appropriations
  • 05-13-2015 - Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
  • 05-13-2015 - New Business/Second Reading
  • 05-14-2015 - Pending third reading motion to amend Senate proposal of amendment to be offered by Senator(s) Rodgers
  • 05-14-2015 - New Business/Third Reading
  • 05-14-2015 - Pending third reading motion to amend Senate proposal of amendment to be offered by Senator(s) Rodgers, Benning, and Starr
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, Senator(s) Kitchel, Benning, Rodgers, and Starr motion to amend proposal of amendment; text
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator Kitchel requested & granted leave to withdraw amendment
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator Baruth requested & granted leave to withdraw motion
  • 05-15-2015 - Motion disagreed to
  • 05-15-2015 - Division of the Senate Yeas 6, Nays 14
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator Baruth moved to postpone consideration until later in the day
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator Starr moved to recess to 1:45 pm
  • 05-15-2015 - Division of the Senate Yeas 15, Nays 13
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, Senator(s) Kitchel, Benning, Rodgers, and Starr motion to amend proposal of amendment; text
  • 05-15-2015 - Proposal of Sen. Rodgers, as substituted, agreed to on a division
  • 05-15-2015 - Roll Call, requested by Senator Pollina,  Passed -- Needed 15 of 28 to Pass -- Yeas = 16, Nays = 12
  • 05-15-2015 - Motion by Senator(s) Bray and Campion to substitute a proposal of amendment for that of Sen. Rogers agreed to
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator(s) Bray and Campion motion to substitute proposal of amendment; text
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator Bray requested & granted leave to withdraw motion
  • 05-15-2015 - Senator(s) Bray and Campion motion to substitute proposal of amendment; text
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, Senator(s) Rodgers motion to amend proposal of amendment; text
  • 05-15-2015 - Proposal of amendment agreed to
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, motion to amend Senate proposal of amendment offered by Senator(s) Rodgers, Benning, and Starr
  • 05-15-2015 - Proposal of amendment to be offered by Senator(s) Rodgers
  • 05-15-2015 - Proposal of amendment to be offered by Senator(s) Rodgers, Benning, and Starr
  • 05-15-2015 - Unfinished Business/Third Reading
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, motion to amend bill disagreed to on roll call, requested by Senator Campbell, Failed -- Needed 15 of 29 to Pass -- Yeas = 10, Nays = 19
  • 05-15-2015 - Pending third reading, motion to amend Senate proposal of amendment offered by Senator(s) Rodgers
  • 05-15-2015 - Proposal of amendment agreed to
  • 05-15-2015 - Read 3rd time & passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on roll call, requested by Senator Bray, Passed -- Needed 15 of 28 to Pass -- Yeas = 22, Nays = 6
  • 05-15-2015 - Rules suspended & messaged to House forthwith, on motion of Senator Campbell
  • 05-15-2015 - Senate message passed in Concurrence with proposal of amendment
  • 05-15-2015 - Rules Suspended and Taken up for Immediate Consideration as moved by Rep. Turner of Milton
  • 05-15-2015 - Senate Proposal of Amendment concurred in
  • 05-16-2015 - House message: House concurred in Senate proposal of amendment
  • 06-11-2015 - Signed by Governor on June 11, 2015

Votes (7)

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02-27-2015Roll Call Results Passed -- Needed 70 of 138 to Pass -- Yeas = 127, Nays = 11House1271112yes
03-10-2015Roll Call Results Failed -- Needed 71 of 141 to Pass -- Yeas = 42, Nays = 99House42999no
03-10-2015Roll Call Results Failed -- Needed 72 of 143 to Pass -- Yeas = 53, Nays = 90House53907no
03-10-2015Roll Call Results Passed -- Needed 73 of 145 to Pass -- Yeas = 121, Nays = 24House121245yes
05-15-2015Roll Call, requested by Senator Pollina,  Passed -- Needed 15 of 28 to Pass -- Yeas = 16, Nays = 12Senate16122no
05-15-2015Pending third reading, motion to amend bill disagreed to on roll call, requested by Senator Campbell, Failed -- Needed 15 of 29 to Pass -- Yeas = 10, Nays = 19Senate10191no
05-15-2015Read 3rd time & passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on roll call, requested by Senator Bray, Passed -- Needed 15 of 28 to Pass -- Yeas = 22, Nays = 6Senate2262yes

Sponsors (2)

News (17)

Bill that cuts customer costs and raises efficiency is signed into law - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:37:40 GMT

The bill, H. 40, was passed by the house and senate May 15 and repeals the Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development Program and implements a renewable energy standard and “energy transformation program” that would start in 2017, according ... Shumlin said that while talking to other governors about the bill, they responded that their state's utility companies would “kill them” if they did something similar and that there was no way their own utilities would cooperate with state government in a business ...

Law creates Vermont's first renewable energy standards - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Sat, 16 May 2015 02:40:51 GMT

The Senate voted 22-6 to pass H.40, a renewable energy standard that requires utilities to buy and sell more renewable electricity beginning in 2017. The bill received final approval in the House on a voice vote late Friday and now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin's desk. The bill incentivizes the build out of 400 ... Proponents say the bill puts the state on a track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate its own power supply and save on energy costs. Critics say the bill does little to address local concerns about how ...

Renewable energy law may face late hurdle - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Thu, 14 May 2015 00:53:25 GMT

The renewable energy bill, H.40, puts the state on a course to increase the amount of renewable electricity generated and sold in Vermont. It also avoids a potential rate increase in 2017 that would likely have been created by legal issues in Vermont's current ...

Energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity - BurlingtonFreePress.com
Published by burlingtonfreepress.com
Thu, 14 May 2015 14:02:55 GMT

MONTPELIER – The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an energy bill that requires utility companies for the first time to provide renewable electricity to their customers and to devise programs to help customers use less fossil fuel. The bil — H.

Campbell delays energy bill, passage uncertain - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Fri, 15 May 2015 08:24:39 GMT

The renewable energy bill, H.40, puts the state on track to generate and sell more renewable electricity in Vermont. The Shumlin administration says the bill is needed this year to avoid a potential spike in electric rates in 2017. The bill includes statewide solar ...

Deal struck on solar siting requirements - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Thu, 07 May 2015 00:05:22 GMT

The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee unanimously approved an amendment to the state's renewable energy bill, H.40, that puts in place statewide solar setback guidelines and requires regulators to consider local screening standards when permitting solar arrays. Developers ... Karen Horn, director of public policy and advocacy for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, preferred more comprehensive siting legislation that would give towns a stronger say in the state's Section 248 permit process.

Senate panel gives towns more regulatory authority over solar projects - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:26:21 GMT

The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee added a provision to the state's renewable energy bill, H.40, that allows towns to adopt bylaws requiring solar developers to comply with setback and screening requirements. The committee ... The default is designed to let towns know lawmakers plan to address how and where solar projects are built in Vermont. ... Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, passed the bill out of his committee in February.

PSB chair opposes freeze on energy efficiency charge - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:44:55 GMT

In a rare appearance before lawmakers, Volz told the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday to strike a House amendment to the state's renewable energy bill, H.40, that puts a two-year freeze on the state's energy efficiency assessment on electricity use. ... The state's electric distribution company, Vermont Electric Power Company, or VELCO, says the state's energy efficiency programs are mostly responsible for saving hundreds of million of dollars in deferred transmission costs since 2011.

Connecticut rules in favor of Vermont renewable energy credits - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:31:43 GMT

Critics of Vermont's SPEED program argue that Vermont utilities have been counting the same credits toward Vermont's renewable energy goal that are also sold to out-of-state utilities. But Connecticut regulators said Vermont law does ... The bill, H.40, replaces Vermont's SPEED program with the so-called RESET program that would take effect in 2017. “Proposed legislation in Vermont, ... state RPS programs,” the ruling says. H.40 was introduced to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee in January.

Vermont green energy takeover bill to face fresh opposition - Watchdog.org
Published by watchdog.org
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:27:18 GMT

A bill that requires a green energy takeover in Vermont skated through committee and a preliminary House vote despite no clear estimate of what the legislation will do to electricity rates or the state's pristine landscapes. But Republican lawmakers hope to strip ... The Department of Public Service, widely viewed as the originator of the bill, claims H.40 will deliver energy-bill savings of $275 million, a 15 million metric ton reduction of CO2 emissions, and 1,000 new jobs. While Kavet's memo notes direct costs to the ...

House approves major renewable energy overhaul - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:04:34 GMT

The Vermont House on Tuesday passed a bill designed to reduce residents' carbon footprint, despite complaints from Republicans who fear the new renewable energy targets will come at an unforeseen cost. The House voted 121-24 to pass H.40, which puts in place a renewable energy standard requiring utilities to sell electricity from renewables and reduce the fossil fuel consumption of their customers. ... The law gives state regulators nearly complete discretion to determine how utilities meet this obligation.

Connecticut utility officials endorse Vt. renewable bill - Rutland Herald
Published by rutlandherald.com
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:12:21 GMT

Backers of a renewable energy bill that passed the Vermont House on Tuesday and now is on its way to the Senate cheered the news, saying it showed that House Bill 40 will be the solution they're looking for on criticisms leveled at Vermont's existing ...

House gives preliminary approval to renewable energy bill - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:58:01 GMT

The Vermont House gave preliminary approval to a new program Friday that would establish renewable energy standards for the state's utilities. The vote was 127-11. The bill, H.40, requires utilities to sell renewable electricity, some of which must come from ...

Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:40:27 GMT

The House Ways and Means Committee approved an amendment to H.40, a proposed renewable energy program, to cap the revenue source for a state's program used to drive down electricity consumption. The energy efficiency charge is a percentage fee placed on ... to re-evaluate how the state pays for energy efficiency. Manufacturers benefit from the current programs, but some might benefit more under a different financing structure, according to Bill Driscoll, vice president of Associated Industries of Vermont.

Renewable energy makeover clears House committee - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:27:07 GMT

After three weeks of deliberation, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee voted 10-1 to pass H.40, a bill requiring utilities to sell renewable power and incentivize fossil fuel consumption reductions by their customers. Special report on ... This bill aims to avoid a potential rate increase under Vermont's current program and reduce greenhouse gas emissions coming from all energy sectors, including heating and transportation. ... Some of this electricity must come from in-state energy generation projects.

Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in ... - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:52:31 GMT

Cheat sheets, glossaries and power supply pie charts cover the table in the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee as first-year committee members decipher H.40, a bill requiring electric utilities to cut carbon emissions in Vermont. “If you have your glossary, bring it out,” ... If they don't replace the current system this legislative biennium, electric rates could jump 6 percent statewide, and as high as 20 percent for Burlington customers, according to state officials. That's because Vermont's electric utilities are ...

Renewable energy makeover clears House committee - vtdigger.org
Published by vtdigger.org
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:27:07 GMT

After three weeks of deliberation, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee voted 10-1 to pass H.40, a bill requiring utilities to sell renewable power and incentivize fossil fuel consumption reductions by their customers. Special report on ... This bill aims to avoid a potential rate increase under Vermont's current program and reduce greenhouse gas emissions coming from all energy sectors, including heating and transportation. ... Some of this electricity must come from in-state energy generation projects.