Governor Releases Report on Meeting Renewable Energy Goal

first_img“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 ¨ 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.”center_img 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 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.last_img read more