FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, methane gas from a landfill burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt. Establishing a New England

 

              FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, methane gas from a landfill burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt.  Establishing a New England
FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, methane gas from a landfill burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt. Establishing a New England market to buy renewable energy seemed a laudable goal when governors committed last year to bulk purchases of wind and solar power to cut the price of alternative energy while reducing the region's reliance on fossil fuels. But putting together details about what the six states will buy is snared in a patchwork of rules, state laws and disagreements among the states over how to even define alternative energy. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)