Senate kills bill giving towns more input in siting solar projects

first_imgby John Herrick vtdigger.orgA bill to give towns more say in where solar projects are located died on the Senate floor Wednesday night after lawmakers and environmental groups cautioned the bill would slow renewable energy growth in Vermont.The Senate voted 21-8 against the bill on second reading.The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved S.191, which was later amended to require ground-mounted solar installations (as opposed to rooftop solar projects) to undergo the same town zoning and screening restrictions as other commercial development.Renewable energy advocates were on guard to stop the bill, but Senate lawmakers were quick to intervene and kill it on the floor.The state has established a clean-energy target to source 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Senate lawmakers said the bill could chip away a statewide goal designed to serve the public good.Sen. David Zuckerman, P-Chittenden, opposed the bill, saying it bill would create hurdles for renewable energy progress.“This bill is going to allow communities with varying degrees of ordinances and setback requirements, and so forth and so on, to actually impede that goal, which is a very ambitious goal, but one that many people agree is a very important goal with respect to sourcing our energy from renewable projects,” Zuckerman said.The committee heard testimony from residents and town officials in Rutland Town and Charlotte, rural communities that are prime locations for solar installations. With the rapid growth of the solar industry affecting these towns, the committee’s intent was to give communities a say in where projects are located.The committee said it did not intend to restrict solar projects.“I don’t think this bill in any way impedes solar,” said committee member Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham. “I think it is way overstated that this is going to set back our solar objectives.”Under the bill, the Public Service Board would not be able to waive town zoning and screening bylaws when deciding whether to approve energy generation projects through the Section 248 review process.The Department of Public Service, which represents ratepayers in utility matters, opposed the rule changes. It was unclear what effect the proposal would have on electricity rates, the department said.PHOTO: Solar farm in Shelburne.last_img read more

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BOS Speaker: Stuart Tilly – BetonBrazil – Personality Profile

first_img Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 StumbleUpon If you haven’t yet taken the #bettingonsports Big Betting Ambassadors quiz then for goodness sakes do so now, and ensure you’re in with a chance of winning a prize at the ‘Personality Profile: How Bookmakers use the Ambassadorial Role to Reach an Audience’ panel on Friday 16th September. Stuart Tilly, BetonBrazilOn that panel will be Stuart Tilly, CEO of Argyll Entertainment, the company behind BetonBrazil, and Adam Roland the founder of PR agency Heavyweight Sport.There’ll also be none other than David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye joining them. The boxer will also be present at the BiG charity Dinner that evening.We spoke to Stuart about how brands can maximise the impact of ambassadors.SBC: In an age of multiple operators and offers, how integral is a brand ambassador to attract new customers?Stuart: We believe that in the UK, from operator to operator, customers are routinely presented with the same gambling products, the same acquisition bonuses and the same loyalty rewards so I do believe Brand Ambassadors can be a point of differentiation in a crowded market place.However, the choice of brand ambassador is key to ensure they not only fit in with your own brand’s image and ethos but also are likely to be of general appeal to the demographic you are going after. SBC: Whilst ambassadors can hook customers in, how effective are they in retaining players?Stuart: This very much depends on how you are able to use your ambassador. Being able to utilise a personality’s image and perhaps secure the odd personal appearance is unlikely to do very much for retention. However, at BetonBrazil, Alan is the name, image and voice of our site and we leverage his lively, knowledgeable and charismatic personality in the way we offer our services to, and interact with, all our customers at every stage of their lifecycle. Alan is more than a brand ambassador for us, he is part of the brand.SBC: Is the choice of ambassador increasingly important in a time where they’re becoming a ten a penny for bookies, or is the focus more on how they’re utilised?Stuart: Who and how you are able to use them are both crucial. If the “who” and the “how” are not aligned, you are unlikely to achieve a decent ROI.SBC: What can BOS attendees expect from your session with Heavyweight Sports Adam Roland?Stuart: We’ll be discussing what types of considerations need to be made when choosing a brand ambassador, how best to utilise them and some of the pros and cons of working with them.Want to hear Stuart, Adam Roland of Heavyweight Sport and David Haye himself hash out the topic of sports ambassadors and brand. Check out the full agenda at #bettingonsports today… SBTech adds five year extension to Argyll Entertainment partnership January 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Content key for Argyll Entertainment in Solihull sponsorship August 17, 2018 Submitlast_img read more

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