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150+ Vermont businesses join in support of renewables, opposition to misguided, unbalanced Senate Bill 30

Over 150 businesses (and counting) throughout Vermont agree that Senate Bill 30 is an unbalanced piece of legislation that will upend decades of well-planned, statewide energy permitting, stifle jobs and restrict access to affordable, clean energy.

A letter sent to each Vermont Senator reads, “This legislation will hurt local jobs…increase energy costs for homes and businesses, and take Vermont backwards in meeting the goals of our state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan”. This bill, which was introduced as a three-year moratorium on wind, has expanded to restrict the development of solar, farm methane, and biomass, among other clean energy sources.

Businesses from numerous sectors oppose S.30, from suppliers and manufacturers such as NRG Systems, to small installers like Solar Pro and Catamount Solar. This bill not only impacts renewable energy businesses, which is evidenced by the number of non-renewable companies who have signed on in opposition to S.30, such as Pomerleau Real Estate, Ben and Jerry’s, Harrison Concrete, Demag Riggers and Crane, Patagonia and more.

The current legislation not only exempts transmission projects and oil and gas pipelines, but acts as a de facto ban on clean, local renewable energy. If S.30 is passed, “it hangs a sign on the door of Vermont saying, ‘no renewable energy jobs or projects are welcome here'”.

See below for the full letter, and list of businesses who oppose S.30.

Media Contact: 
Gabrielle Stebbins
(802) 229-0099

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14 March 2013

Dear Senators,

As Vermont businesses, we want you to know of our opposition to S.30, legislation that began as a three-year ban on wind power development and was amended to significantly impact all new Vermont energy generation above 500kW.

This legislation will hurt local jobs in clean tech and in associated businesses, increase energy costs for homes and businesses, and take Vermont backwards in meeting the goals of our state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan and addressing climate change.  It hangs a sign on the door of Vermont saying, “no renewable energy jobs or projects welcome here.”

S. 30 up-ends the long-held principle that statewide energy siting should be assessed based on the public good. The St. Albans Messenger recently opined that by introducing additional permitting requirements, the current version of the legislation would act “effectively as any moratorium,” a point to which we agree.

This current legislation exempts transmission projects and oil and gas pipelines, while serving as a temporary de facto ban on clean distributed renewables, which produce local energy, local jobs, local economic benefits and keep our dollars in our state.

Beyond its original target of wind, S.30 was expanded to include the development of solar, farm methane, and biomass, among other clean energy sources.

Further, this legislation is out of step with Vermonters’ repeated support for local renewable energy, including wind, in scientific and non-scientific polls alike.  It unwisely legislates before receiving the recommendations of the Energy Siting Commission, which has spent hundreds of hours taking testimony from Vermonters across the state and is actively working on ways to improve the permitting process for all.

Finally, this legislation will drive up the cost of energy for all Vermont homes and businesses.  By making renewable energy more expensive to develop and more limited in its availability, Vermont will have a harder time meeting its existing statuary energy goals, likely increasing cost, and make Vermont more vulnerable in its dependence on out-of-state energy sources.

As a result of these concerns, the following 150+ businesses urge your opposition to this misguided legislation.

Sincerely,

Pomerleau Real Estate Burlington
JA MacDonald Lyndonville
Demag Riggers & Crane Service Inc Williston
HarrisonConcrete Georgia
JA Morrissey, Inc. Williston
Larkin Realty Burlington
Ben & Jerry’s South Burlington
PatagoniaBurlington South Burlington
Beacon Manufacturing Company Montpelier
GreenMountainDairy Farm Sheldon
Dinse Knapp McAndrew Burlington
Middlebury Fence Middlebury
MontpelierConstruction Barre
Mad River Rocket Corporation Warren
A. Cooper Mechanical Williston
Cross Consulting Engineers St. Albans
Pillsbury Manor Senior Living South Burlington
VermontLicensed Plumbers Association RandolphCenter
Burlington Electric Department Burlington
HB Insurance Burlington
MooseMountainForestry Lowell
Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd. Windham/Grafton, Sheffield,Bradford
PeaseMountainLaw, PLLC Charlotte
VermontRoofing Rutland
WashingtonElectric Co-op East Montpelier
Willowbend Farm Island Pond
AC Hathorne Williston
Advanced Solar Heating Systems Rutland
Aegis Wind Waitsfield
Agricultural Energy Consultants Marshfield
AHT Plumbing & Heating Sharon
AllEarth Renewables Montpelier
Alumni Solar South Hero
Ames Hill Productions Marlboro
Andy Robinson Consulting Plainfield
AOE Inc. North Bennington
Backspin Renewables Middlebury
BCK Law Woodstock
BD Media Inc Montpelier
Better World Energy Marshfield
Big Pine Builders/ Big Wind and Solar ManchesterCenter
Black RiverProduce Chester
BristolElectronics Bristol
Building Energy Burlington
Business Energy Action Burlington
Carbon Zero LLC North Bennington
Catamount Solar East Montpelier,Corinth,South Royalton
Central VermontSolar & Wind Rutland
ChittendenCountySolar Partners Williston
Church, Engle & Associates Shelburne
Claire Solar Partners Burlington
CommonGroundCenter Starksboro
Community Biomass Systems Montpelier
Cornerstone Renewables, LLC Williston
Cottage 10 Hinesburg
CRL Solar LLC Hartford
Cutting Edge Energy Systems Newark
DC Energy Innovations, INC Burlington
Delta Energy Group Brattleboro
Draker Burlington
E&S Electrical Colchester
East HavenWind Farm Montpelier
Ecological Energy Development LLC Sutton
Encore Redevelopment Burlington
Energy Co-op ofVermont Colchester
Erickson Consulting LLC Warren
Flint Spring Associates Hinesburg
Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC Richmond
Friends of the Sun Manchesterctr.
Full Sun Company East Middlebury
Gary MacArthur Solar Marlboro
GeorgiaMountainCommunity Wind Williston
Global Garage Sale Winooski
GMT Enterprises Fayston
GreatBayHydro Newport,Derby,Charleston
Green Toolbox Consulting Warren
Green Energy Times Bradford
Gringo Jack’s ManchesterCenter
groSolar White RiverJunction
Hand and Sun Solar Manchesterctr.
HudsonSolar Bennington
Independent Power LLC Hyde Park
Integrated Solar Applications Brattleboro
Integrity Energy Bethel
J Andrews Marketing Westford
Johnnie Brook Creative Richmond
LandWorks Middlebury
Larkin Family Partnership White RiverJunction
Lightspeed Publishing LLC Arlington
Lintilhac Foundation Shelburne
LW Seddon, LLC Montpelier
Maclay Architects Waitsfield
Main StreetLanding Burlington
Metruk’s Electrical Contracting Underhill
Miracle Energy Systems, LLC East Montpelier
Mischul Brownstone Charlotte
Nathaniel Group, Inc. Waltham
Nava Bio-Energy Ltd Brookfield
Net Zero Renewable Resources Chester
New Generation Partners LLC Buel’s Gore
NortheastKingdomWindpower Montpelier
Northeast Wind WaterburyCenter
Northern Power Systems Barre
Northern Reliability Waitsfield
NorwichTechnologies Norwich
NRG Systems Hinesburg
Nuñez Electric, LLC Highgate
OldCountyBuildingand Design Waitsfield
One Sun Vermont South Hero
Peck Electric Company South Burlington
Points North Energy, LLC Stowe
Positive Energy Poultney
Pres. Biebel Builders Inc. Windsor
Real Goods Solar Montpelier
ReissBuilding& Renovation Hinesburg
Renewable Energy Systems & Technologies BridgewaterCorners
Renewable EnergyVermont Montpelier
SaxtonsRiverSolar Electric SaxtonsRiver
Sellers & Company Architects Warren
SenecaMountainWind, LLC Williston
Sensible World Middlebury
Smart Resource Institute LLC Burlington
Solaflect Energy Norwich
Solar Gain LLC Middlesex
Solar Pro Arlington
Solar Source Bennington,Rutland, Williston
Solarwind Electric Bradford
Soveren, Inc. Westminster
SpringfieldHydroelectricCo. Springfield
SpringfieldSolarAlliance N Springfield
SpruceMountainDesign Montpelier
St. AlbansSolar Partners St. Albans
StrateQi Management Systems Waterbury
Suncommon Waterbury
Sunny Nose Solar Springfield
Sunward Systems LLC Shelburne
Sunwood Biomass Waitsfield
TDX Power Waitsfield
Thatcher Hill Burlington
The Design Group Warren
The Final Connection Westford
The McKernon Group Brandon
USASolar Store Perkinsville
VermontGreen Energy Systems Middlebury
VermontIndependent Power Producers Association Montpelier
VermontSolar Engineering Burlington
VermontSustainable Jobs Fund Montpelier & Middlebury
VESCO Energy South Burlington
Village Builders Wolcott
Watson Research Fairfield
Wiemann Lamphere Architects Colchester
Williamstown Solar Land LLC Williamstown
Winooski HydroelectricCo. East Montpelier &Berlin
Winooski One Partnership Winooski & Burlington
Wolfe Energy Strafford

CC:

Governor Shumlin

Lt. Governor P. Scott

Pro Tem Campbell

Speaker Smith

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