Vermonts governor vetoed on Thursday a bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s governor vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have required state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035, saying it would be too costly for ratepayers. Under the legislation, the biggest utilities would need to meet the goal by 2030. If the bill had been enacted into law, Vermont would have become the second state with such an ambitious timeline. “I don’t believe there is any debate that H.289 will raise Vermonters’ utility rates, likely by hundreds of millions of dollars,” Republican Gov. Phil Scott wrote in his veto message to the Legislature. Vermont utilities currently are required to buy 75% renewable energy by 2032. The legislature could overturn the governor’s veto when they gather for a special session next month.