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Public forum Heating Beyond Oil: How We Get There, a good start

Dear Editor,

My name is Ben Schmidt, I'm a student volunteer with VPIRG, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. I want to let you know that we are hosting a public forum in support of the VT Clean Heat Initiative and bill H5.20 called "Heating Beyond Oil: How We Get There." The heating efficiency bill recently passed by the House takes a number of small steps to help Vermonters use less energy to heat their homes and businesses, but it doesn't provide an additional dime in funding for heating efficiency programs. The Senate has the opportunity to improve the bill by adding the robust funding essential to meeting the state's goal of weatherizing 80,000 homes by 2020.

With the first half of the 2013 legislative session in the books, our decision makers have yet to take action to promote clean, local heating sources in Vermont. Heating Beyond Oil: How We Get There held April 10 will provide an overview of the importance of clean and affordable heating sources, the current legislative lay-of-the-land in regards to clean heat and most importantly, how constituents can get involved and make a difference.

We want to reach as many people as possible and it would be wonderful to have your readership involved.

Thank you very much for your help,

Ben Schmidt, VPIRG