MONTPELIER, Vt.—Gov. Jim Douglas has signed a bill designating Canadian utility Hydro Quebec as renewable energy.
It may have been the last bill of the Republican's tenure in office. Friday's action also makes Vermont the first state to call Hydro Quebec green.
WCAX-TV says Hydro Quebec wants the green label because it can sell power to more places in the United States to meet demands for renewable energy.
Vermont's utilities pushed for the bill. Now that Hydro Quebec has the renewable label, they can buy power for less as part of a 26-year contact they're still working on.
Jake Brown with the Vermont Natural Resources Council calls the legislation "a dangerous precedent." Brown says it'll undercut any efforts to grow small renewable projects in state.
Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com