Vermont officials have proposed an ambitious energy plan where 90 percent of the state’s power would come from renewable energy sources by 2050. The Comprehensive Energy Plan was released by the Vermont Department of Public Service, and reported on by Clean Energy Authority.
The plan outlines steps to increase electrical and heating efficiency for homes and businesses, calls for the development of plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and plans for the deployment of Vermont-based renewable energy projects.
The Comprehensive Energy Plan is in draft form, and will be open for public review and comment until Oct. 10. The plan may be read and downloaded from the CEP website. Public hearings have been scheduled during the review period throughout the state, including a meeting tonight (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. at the Colchester High School and a meeting Thursday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. at the Danville School.
At least one group in Vermont, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), is already hailing the plan as a must to wean the state off expensive fossil fuels and refocus efforts on creating a sustainable renewable energy infrastructure. REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont.