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Douglas agrees to low-carbon fuel deal

MONTPELIER - Gov. Jim Douglas said last week that signing the 11-state low carbon fuel standard agreement will help Vermont combat its largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, which come from transportation and residential heating.

"This multi-state agreement is another arrow in Vermont's quiver to push for energy efficiency and clean energy technology," the governor said. "Vermont continues to be the greenest state in the nation and our out-front approach on climate change will spur innovation and green economy jobs."

Vermont and 10 other northeast and Mid-Atlantic states signed the agreement, which calls for a single standard to reduce the average greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy. It can apply to fuel used for transportation and home heating.

The other states that are part of the initiative are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

All the states except Pennsylvania are also members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first cap-and-trade carbon market in the nation. Vermont already has earned $1.3 million for energy efficiency initiatives from the first two RGGI auctions.

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