Before the final vote Thursday, Woodburn and state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, put forth an amendment to restore the electric transmission line moratorium.
But the amendment was not something the majority of the Senate members wanted to put back in the bill, he said, and it died in a 4-20 vote.
Removing the transmission line moratorium but keeping the moratorium on wind farms was giving Northern Pass special treatment, said Woodburn, and the ultimate Senate decision was not to impose any moratoria at all.
"It was disappointing, but this is going to be a victory of many wins and losses and we will keep inching forward," said Woodburn, who opposes the overhead Northern Pass Transmission line as currently proposed.
Also disappointed was Easton resident Susan Schibanoff.
"Moratoria are a standard tool of good government and would have served a very useful purpose in New Hampshire now," said Schibanoff. "They have been used in New Hampshire and are nothing unusual and it seems very appropriate to stop and think and plan given how new the phenomenon of renewable energy projects is and given the number of new elective projects that are suddenly facing us.
"The Site Evaluation Committee has said it is at the breaking point and a moratorium would give the committee a chance to sort things out and get a solid procedure in place," she said.
On the upside, Woodburn said the Senate unanimously passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, which declares that the U.S. Forest Service consider the unique characteristics of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) when reviewing and deliberating any special use permit for property in the national forest.
Northern Pass, if it is ultimately approved, would need a special use permit for a portion of transmission line it plans through the WMNF.