The Vermont Energy Partnership recently published its latest
study, "The Three-Legged Race: Vermont's Pursuit of 90% Renewables
by 2050," an overview of progress towards reaching the Vermont
Department of Public Service goal of using 90% renewable energy by
▪ In order to reach its interim home energy efficiency goal
for 2020, the state must weatherize 80,000 homes over the next
seven years. At its current pace, Vermont will likely only meet
half that goal.
▪ Transportation accounts for 36% of Vermont's total energy
consumption, and 59% of carbon emissions. Today, one in 1,756 of
Vermont registered cars are electric plug-ins.
▪ Reaching 90% renewable total energy by 2050 will require
Vermont to triple its electricity consumption. Yet Vermont now
makes less electricity than any other New England state, about half
of which is produced by Vermont Yankee.
▪ To move Vermont just 5% closer to 90%, Vermont would need
either 262 new 2.2 MW solar plants, five new Lowell Mountain wind
projects, or 300 small existing hydro dams.
▪ The chasm between Vermont's renewables present and
renewables future - about 3 million renewable megawatt-hours on
this side of the 37-year span, 18 million on the other - may simply
be a bridge too far, barring unexpected changes.
The Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org) is a diverse group
of more than 90 business, labor, and community leaders committed to
finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions. Its
mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the
general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity,
and about the optimal solutions to preserve and expand our
electricity network. Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee, is a
member of the Vermont Energy Partnership.