Vermont Governor Releases comprehensive Energy Plan
January 5, 2012
Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin, along with Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, has released the state’s first Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) since the late 1990s. The CEP recommends that Vermont largely eliminate its dependence on fossil fuels by obtaining 90% of the state’s total energy from renewable sources by the year 2050.
The CEP was created by the Department of Public Service, which led a multiagency initiative to perform public outreach and obtain comments from more than 9,000 Vermont residents. Providing policy recommendations as well as immediate energy priorities for the state, the CEP will help move Vermont closer to its final goal.
Currently, about 23% of Vermont’s total energy comes from renewable sources. Improvements in energy efficiency have kept demand for electricity down, but transportation and heating still account for much of the state’s fossil fuel use. The CEP includes recommendations about different areas of energy use, including heating and process fuels, electricity use, energy use in transportation, and land use decisions.
By employing more energy efficient technologies as well as using electricity from renewable energy sources, Vermont’s goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050 will foster economic security and independence, drive innovation and job creation, and increase community involvement and investment.