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Vt. House to take up expanding homegrown energy

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2014 at 7:45 am •  Published: January 25, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House is expected to take up legislation expanding a popular program allowing property owners to generate their own electricity and sell some of it back to their utilities.

State law now caps the amount of power a utility is expected to take under such arrangements at 4 percent of the companies' peak power demand. The bill expected up in the House on Wednesday and Thursday would expand that to 15 percent.

The measure comes up after some of Vermont's smaller utilities have hit or exceeded the 4 percent cap and either closed their net metering programs to new applications or limited the size of projects that can come on line.