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State Energy Plan Signals Vermont is Open for Business

www.REVermont.org

September 16, 2011 | Montpelier Vt.

Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) hailed this week’s release of the draft Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). With a call for 90% renewable energy by 2050, the draft plan sends a clear signal that the Green Mountain state is taking bold steps to open its doors for robust economic development and job creation by deploying 21st century energy infrastructure.

With a goal to virtually eliminate Vermont’s dependence on fossil fuel, the plan, drafted by the Department of Public Service, outlines steps for increases in electrical and heating efficiency for homes and businesses, calls for the development of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure and plans for the deployment of Vermont-based renewable energy projects.

“The energy plan addresses the fact that our future approach to energy management must be coordinated, deliberate and involve all Vermonters in meeting the challenges before us,” says REV Executive Director, Gabrielle Stebbins. “With the flooding events caused by Tropical Storm Irene, its clear that Vermont has to pay attention to the affects of global climate change. The plan addresses our need to get off fossil fuels and focuses on in-state development of renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure by approaching the challenge from four angles: addressing regulatory policies and structures, developing financing and funding mechanisms, maintaining Vermont’s role as energy innovator and increasing public outreach and education. Ultimately, all four of these areas need to harnessed to meet our energy needs, grow the Vermont energy economy and address critical environmental challenges ahead.”

Still in draft form, the plan is currently open for public review and comment until October 10, 2011. The Plan may be read and downloaded from the CEP website (www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov). Public hearings have been scheduled for late September into early October throughout the state.

Renewable Energy Vermont will host Department of Public Service Commissioner, Elizabeth Miller at its 10th Annual Vermont Renewable Energy Conference and Expo on October 11 and 12 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington. The Commissioner is slated to speak at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12. Miller will outline the vision for the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan and participate on a panel discussion with leading energy experts to discuss the plan’s implementation.

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.REVermont.org

REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.

For more information contact:

Scott Merriam
Programs & Outreach Manager
Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)
scott@revermont.org
(802) 229-0099 office
(802) 595-3517 mobile

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