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Vt. Senate backs bill to expand home-grown energy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has voted to support a House-passed bill that would nearly quadruple the amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems.

Vermont caps the amount of power utilities can take through what's called net metering. That's when the owners of rooftop solar installations or similar projects put excess power onto the grid. The current cap says each utility can take up to 4 percent of the peak load on its system from net-metering projects. The bill given preliminary approval by the Senate on Thursday increases that to 15 percent.

An amendment added by the Senate after the House passed the bill earlier this year is designed to encourage municipalities to build solar-power projects on their former landfills.

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