Shelburne scene of energy "summit"

SHELBURNE 25x25 is a catchy slogan, but reaching its goal is going to take hard work and cooperation. The 25x25 vision is that by the year 2025, America's farms, forests and ranches will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber. The 25x25 National Steering Committee held a meeting in Burlington last week and a special public session and panel discussion at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms attended by members of the committee from all parts of the United States, many representatives of Vermont energy alternative-oriented agencies and nonprofits, and the general public. Gov. Jim Douglas, who attended the afternoon session, spoke with enthusiasm for the many renewable energy projects in Vermont that put the state well on our way to meeting that goal. Meeting guest Jock Gill, founder of Pellet Futures, has been dedicated to the creation of a biofiber energy sector that produces biofuels and land stewardship tools to promote economic development, a healthy environment and energy independence.

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