Reposted from: Vermontbiz 4/9/2012
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Department of Public Service today hosted a Vermont Clean Energy Investment Summit. The goal of the conference was to determine how the state could become a model for the nation in moving more aggressively toward energy efficiency and developing sustainable sources of clean energy.
“Moving forward aggressive in energy efficiency and sustainable energy is a win, win, win situation,” Sanders said. “We protect our environment by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. We save homeowners money on their heating bills through strong weatherization and energy efficiency efforts and, in the middle of a recession, we create jobs in Vermont, not in Saudi Arabia and not in Iran.”
Also addressing the conference was Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, who spoke about a major investment in solar power at the guard’s base in South Burlington, and Richard Kauffman, one of the country’s leading experts on private-sector investments in clean energy and a top aide to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
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Diane Reynolds, Grants Assistant
Clean Energy Development Fund