Renewable Energy Permitting
MARC reviews proposals for energy projects that require Section 248 review. MARC also considers requests for preferred site letters required under Vermont Public Utility Commission Net-Metering Rules ( Rule 5.100).
Most distributed power generation facilities, such as biomass power plants and hydropower dams – as well as grid-connected wind power and solar systems- are subject to review and approval by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission ( 30 V.S.A. §248). Federal and other state permitting may also be needed for these projects. For information about public participation in Section 248 proceedings, see the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s website. A report published by the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies also contains a summary of the Section 248 process.
Public utility power generating plants and transmission facilities regulated under 30 V.S.A. §248 are exempt from local zoning. See 24 V.S.A. §4413 (b).