Energy work ahead in the statehouse

Through its leadership, the legislature has set Vermont on a course towards a new energy future. We are leading the way with policies that maximize energy efficiency, promote the production of energy from clean resources, and create jobs in the new green economy. The wide-ranging energy legislation contains provisions that include: Requiring that utilities get more of their power from renewable energy. Providing incentives for wind developers, and for solar installation for businesses. Creating the Clean Energy Development Fund that provides grants and loans for research and development, and the deployment of large and small renewable energy projects. Doubling the budget for Efficiency Vermont. Expanding weatherization programs for low-income Vermonters. Establishing new all fuel efficiency programs to help residential customers and businesses reduce their fuel usage. Helping farmers diversify by producing electricity from farm waste. There is still a lot of work to do in addressing Vermonts energy futurea future of greater energy independence where we produce more of our energy here at home. As we achieve this goal, keeping more of our energy dollars in Vermont, our economy will be stronger, our costs lower, and our carbon footprint smaller. Please feel free to reach me at 802-985-8515 or jglenes@aol.com. I am always happy to meet with you. Joan Lenes is the Representative for Chittenden County, District 5-2 in Vermont. Her column appears regularly in the Times Sentinel.

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