Following is the Executive Summary Energy Plan unveiled yesterday by Energize Vermont, which has been leading the fight against ridge top wind projects. It shows how Vermont can achieve the legislated goal of 90% renewable energy use by 2050 without destroying the landscape, and citizen's well being, with industrial wind turbines. The complete plan is here.
CLEAN ENERGY PLAN
is to offer the state a pragmatic path forward for
electricity generation that reduces the overall impacts
The Plan offers a reasonable balance of resources
and does not unreasonably depend any one resource.
Additionally, it emphasizes increased utilization of
resources that help us achieve the following three
1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
2. Utilize the lowest impact, highest resource
3. Meet Vermont’s clean energy goals affordably
The Plan makes the following assumptions, many of which match those in Vermont’s
Comprehensive State Energy Plan (CEP) from 2011.
• The Goal of the CEP is to have 90% of our energy use from renewables by 2050. To
accomplish this we must move our electricity generation sources to non-CO2 emitting
• Vermont’s demand for electricity is relatively steady. The Plan starts with usage at
6,000GWhs annually at present and grows to 6,500GWhs in 2030.
• The Plan assumes continued investment in efficiency that will limit demand growth
over time. Moving our electricity generation to renewable resources is important, but
we need to first focus on efficiency in our homes and buildings.
• Vermont’s grid capacity can handle most estimates of plugin electric vehicle (PEV)
adoption rates if the PEVs are charged at night. Energize Vermont estimates 110,000
PEVs in Vermont by 2030, and this falls within UVM’s estimates of acceptable grid
capacity. The Plan offers additional recommendations should demand grow further
due to the adoption of plugin electric vehicles.
• Generation technology will improve, but it is impossible to know how or by much. As a
result the Plan uses no assumed increase in technological efficiency over present day.
The Plan recommends an overall reduction of CO2 emitting (market) resources of 73% over the next 20 years. It achieves this goal largely by ramping down the State’s dependency on market sources and migrating to local renewable sources. It makes the following recommendations by source to achieve this goal:
The Plan makes several important policy recommendations to help achieve the above
resource goals, including:
Vermont can meet our clean energy goals and reduce our GHG emissions without sacrificing