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Shumlin signs renewable energy bill after long battle

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Four days after Vermont lawmakers passed a revised version of a renewable energy bill earlier vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Democratic governor has signed the revised bill into law.

Shumlin signed the bill Monday, saying it will help local communities and regional planning commissions have more of a say in the process of siting wind and solar power projects around Vermont.

Shumlin vetoed an earlier version of the bill, prompting a contentious veto session last week in which lawmakers debated and eventually passed changes the governor had sought.

A key sticking point was over standards for sound coming from wind turbines.

In related news, 5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest.

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