Vermont proposes 90 percent renewables
The 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan sets out a long-term goal of drawing a staggering 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by mid-century. The new proposal doubles the goals laid out only three years ago, according to SustainableBusiness.com.
The proposal falls in line with the state's energy efficiency goals that, though behind schedule, have made Vermont the leading state for energy efficiency upgrades. And unlike many similar policies around the country, Vermont addressed all aspects of its energy use, including electricity, heat, transportation and land use.
Despite the long timeline, Gabriel Stebbins of Renewable Energy Vermont explained that the policy sets out a clear and effective path for the state to follow, according to CleanEnergyAuthority.com.
"One of the things I like about the plan, is that it’s very comprehensive and talks about how we need to get this message out," Stebbins told the news source. "We have a pretty active public, and we really need to engage them."