Vermont regulator puts forward renewables standard

Thursday, March 1, 2012 @ 09:03 AM
posted by rene5432

Vermont is already known as the Green Mountain State, but now the state could take an important step in taking green to the next step. The Vermont Digger reports that the state's Department of Public Service proposed its own renewable portfolio standard.

The new policy is somewhat less stringent than one proposed by State Representative Tony Klein, who suggested that the state require utility companies to produce 80 percent renewable electricity by 2025.

But the new policy would require a still impressive 75 percent green energy by 2032. The policy goes into greater detail, requiring 35 percent of that renewable electricity to come from newer sources like solar power systems and wind. Around 30 percent of the state's electricity already comes from Hydro-Quebec, giving the state an early jump on any new target.

According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the proposed requirements in Vermont would far surpass the current portfolio standards implemented around the country. Hawaii comes closest, with a 40 percent requirement by 2030. California could challenge Vermont if it meets its current standard, which requires 33 percent renewable electricity by 2020.

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