“The findings of the 25 x ‘25 committeeechoes the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on ClimateChange,” added George Crombie, Secretary of the Agency of NaturalResources. “We need to keep our forests and farmlands working, both forVermonters’ well being and the overall health of our environment.” Next steps detailed in the report include: Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable EnergyGoalAdministration seeks 25% RenewableEnergy from Farms, Forests by 2025 Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien said there iswidespread public support for this effort. “In 2007, almost 1,000Vermonters participated in a public engagement process on energy. During thosediscussions, Vermonters expressed a strong desire to meet future energy demandsthrough renewable sources of energy. The use of biofuels and sources such aswood are a natural solution for our state”, O’Brien said. “In Vermontwe have many natural resources that can be converted into renewable and responsibleenergy options,” Governor Douglas said. “Working toward, andmeeting, our renewable energy goals will present Vermont new opportunities for economicgrowth and job creation,” said Governor Douglas. “This report laysthe groundwork for Vermontto be a leader in the expanding farm, forest and field-based energy industries.” Ø Prioritizing strategies and implementation processØ Setting a timelineØ Identifying partners, collaborators and stakeholdersØ Developing a resource assessment and planØ Developing a communication planØ Identifying and procuring administrative support The committee’s report suggests using crop-based technologies,agricultural power sources such as anaerobic digesters, wood-basedtechnologies, farm-scale wind power, and biodiesel, solar, hydro and geothermaltechnologies. Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 “I appreciate the collaborative effortof the members of this committee and the work they have done to put into placerecommendations that have the potential to positively impact Vermont’s economy and our environment,”Governor Douglas said. “It is important for Vermont to make continued progress in theseareas.” The 25 x ‘25 steering committee conducting the work, firstlaunched by Governor Douglas and later approved by the Legislature in 2006, iscomprised of a broad coalition of agricultural, energy and policy professionalswhose goal is to develop a plan to meet the 25 X ’25 objective. Thisreport shows that that is indeed feasible. David Lane, Deputy Secretary ofAgriculture, chairs the committee in 2008. Under Governor Douglas’ direction, Vermontbecame the 14th state to join the 25 X ’25 Alliance in 2006, a coalition of more than330 agricultural, forestry, businesses, labor, environmental and civicorganizations working to advance renewable energy solutions originating fromfarms, forestry and other working lands nationally. The Vermont 25 X ’25 Initiativepreliminary findings and goals can be downloaded from www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external). The report, funded by the Department of Public Service, is acompilation of the work the committee has accomplished over the past year inits consideration of all possible opportunities for renewable energy sources inVermont. Atthe Governor’s request, it offers one of many scenarios in which Vermont could achievethe 25 X ‘25 goal. ### “Agriculture will play a key role in ensuring Vermont’s energy independence.Renewable energy offers many opportunities for our farmers, our economy and ourenvironment,” said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture. “Thisreport underscores the opportunities we have to produce energy whilemaintaining our working landscape.” Montpelier, Vt.– Governor Jim Douglas on March 6, 2008, released an advisory report showing that Vermont can meet thegoal of generating 25 percent of its total energy from renewable sources,principally from farms and forests, by 2025.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers questioned the appointment of referee Lee Mason for his side’s Boxing Day Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City. Rodgers was unhappy with a number of decisions by the Bolton official or his assistants during his side’s 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium. The most controversial decision by the officials saw Raheem Sterling flagged offside when clean through during the first half, when replays indicated he was onside. When asked about the incidents, Rodgers said: “Where do you want me to start? “I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one – he wasn’t even on the same cut of grass. “If you’re working at this level you have to get it right. It’s not even a difficult one. “It is a perfectly-timed run and he is given offside when he is through one on one on goal. These are big moments in big games. “There is another incident when Luis (Suarez) doesn’t get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott went right through him. “It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can’t jump because he is tugging at his shirt. “I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.” Rodgers, while praising his players, was not in the mood to moderate his criticism of the officials. “I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he added. “I was very proud of the players. I thought they were outstanding and they had no help from the officials. “I don’t want it to cloud the performance of my team. I never speak about officials, I normally stay clear of that, but I feel I need to protect the players. “The officials make mistakes, I just felt the mistakes made tonight shouldn’t have happened at this level. This is a big game. “It was a poor decision and of course Raheem goes through and scores. “I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. “I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.” In terms of his side’s performance Rodgers felt they acquitted themselves well against a team favourites for the title. “The level of our game was high, we had chances and we didn’t take them,” he said. “They were outstanding and really took the game to a top side full of top European players. “We are disappointed not to have won the game, never mind losing the game. “We showed great confidence and belief, scored a wonderful goal and could have had a few more but there are things to learn from the goals we conceded. “I was here at the Bayern Munich game when they were outstanding (beating City 3-1) and apart from that every other team City have played here they have scored a hatful of goals. “I think people go away and look at us as a team that is hopefully going to be up there challenging. “Our main intention is to set up camp in the top four. That is what the club has been striving for for a number of years. “We have shown this year we are hopefully going to be up there and doing that. “Performances like tonight and Tottenham (a 5-0 win) show we have the quality to do that.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini was satisfied with the way his side responded to going behind and then held off pressure from Liverpool. “I am very happy with the response because it is not easy when you face such a difficult team, especially on the counter-attack when you are losing 1-0,” he said. “I think today we defended very well.” City restricted 19-goal striker Suarez to very few chances. “They did very well, especially against Suarez,” added the Chilean. “He is a great striker. He is in his best moment so it was very difficult for our team not to lose one second in the whole match.” Press Association