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good news you can use | net metering Renewable Energy Vermont Supporting NEW Net Metering Improvements 150+ local businesses and institutions urge support for renewable energy and Vermont net metering rule improvements Courtesy of Renewable Energy Vermont ONTPELIER, VT – More than 150 local businesses and institutions ranging from farms and credit unions, to hotels, main street shops, manufac-turers, and solar companies urge support for renewable energy and maintaining Vermont’s strong net metering program. The net meter-ing program is currently in the final stages of being revised by the Public Service Board. “As businesses and other institutions that support Vermont’s highly popular and suc-cessful netmetering program, we ask you to reconsider the newly proposed net metering rule that would drastically undermine this bedrock Vermont energy program,” the coali-tion letter states. “Many of us are part of the vast renewable energy supply chain in Vermont including manufacturers, contractors, and other value-added businesses who benefit from a robust clean energy industry in Vermont. Many of us are customers of net metering who chose to make the investment in a more renewable, energy independent future for Vermont. And many of us are hosts of solar projects, such as farmers, that benefit from a stable source of revenue…” 34 FALL 2016 SOLAR TODAY M The widely supported letter demonstrates the vast and diverse economic engine gener-ated by Vermont’s growing climate economy – particularly the renewable energy sector. Net metering allows homes, businesses, farms, schools, towns, and other institutions generate their own clean, renewable energy. These customers invest in renewable energy systems, either on-site or remotely, stimulat-ing the Vermont economy, helping build the distributed generation grid of the 21st centu-ry, while making our state more energy secure. “Net metering enabled more than 7,000 customers to achieve greater energy indepen-dence, control their energy costs, save money, and reduce climate pollution to date,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont’s Executive Director. “The letter urg-ing support for continued renewable energy choices and net metering opportunities gar-nering 150+ businesses and institutions sign-ing on in a week’s time shows the tremendous importance to Vermont’s economy that we get this rule right.” “We are thankful that the Public Service Board welcomed comments and feedback through many iterations of developing their new net metering program. It’s no small task and the rule’s impacts will be significant,” continued Campbell Andersen. “We hope the Board reconsiders its recent Order and makes final changes that allow for a sustainable, cus-tomer-responsive program going forward to avoid market disruptions that have plagued other states and stalled climate progress.” Net metering in Vermont has helped keep Vermont’s electricity rates among the lowest in the region; reduce climate and air pollution; and make our communities more energy se-cure and less dependent on out of state dirty fossil fuels. Vermont consistently ranks in the top 3 nationally for solar jobs per capita thanks to net metering; with now nearly one out of every 17 workers employed in the clean en-ergy sector. Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean renew-able energy and energy efficiency in Vermont. Vermont’s clean energy economy supports at least 17,715 sustain-able jobs, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, we will achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) by 2050 in order to reduce climate pollution. Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.

Renewable Energy Vermont Supporting New Net Metering Improvements

150+ local businesses and institutions urge support for renewable energy and Vermont net metering rule improvements

Courtesy of Renewable Energy Vermont

MONTPELIER, VT – More than 150 local businesses and institutions ranging from farms and credit unions, to hotels, main street shops, manufacturers, and solar companies urge support for renewable energy and maintaining Vermont’s strong net metering program. The net metering program is currently in the final stages of being revised by the Public Service Board.

“As businesses and other institutions that support Vermont’s highly popular and successful netmetering program, we ask you to reconsider the newly proposed net metering rule that would drastically undermine this bedrock Vermont energy program,” the coalition letter states.

“Many of us are part of the vast renewable energy supply chain in Vermont including manufacturers, contractors, and other value-added businesses who benefit from a robust clean energy industry in Vermont. Many of us are customers of net metering who chose to make the investment in a more

renewable, energy independent future for Vermont. And many of us are hosts of solar projects, such as farmers, that benefit from a stable source of revenue…”

The widely supported letter demonstrates the vast and diverse economic engine generated by Vermont’s growing climate economy – particularly the renewable energy sector.

Net metering allows homes, businesses, farms, schools, towns, and other institutions generate their own clean, renewable energy. These customers invest in renewable energy systems, either on-site or remotely, stimulating the Vermont economy, helping build the distributed generation grid of the 21st century, while making our state more energy secure.

“Net metering enabled more than 7,000 customers to achieve greater energy independence, control their energy costs, save money, and reduce climate pollution to date,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont’s Executive Director. “The letter urging support for continued renewable energy choices and net metering opportunities garnering 150+ businesses and institutions signing on in a week’s time shows the tremendous importance to Vermont’s economy that we get this rule right.”

“We are thankful that the Public Service Board welcomed comments and feedback through many iterations of developing their new net metering program. It’s no small task and the rule’s impacts will be significant,” continued Campbell Andersen. “We hope the Board reconsiders its recent Order and makes final changes that allow for a sustainable, customer- responsive program going forward to avoid market disruptions that have plagued other states and stalled climate progress.” Net metering in Vermont has helped keep Vermont’s electricity rates among the lowest in the region; reduce climate and air pollution; and make our communities more energy secure and less dependent on out of state dirty fossil fuels. Vermont consistently ranks in the top 3 nationally for solar jobs per capita thanks to net metering; with now nearly one out of every 17 workers employed in the clean energy sector.

Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, nonprofits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont. Vermont’s clean energy economy supports at least 17,715 sustainable jobs, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, we will achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) by 2050 in order to reduce climate pollution.

Read the full article at http://www.omagdigital.com/article/Renewable+Energy+Vermont+Supporting+New+Net+Metering+Improvements/2599305/342843/article.html.

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