Opinion: Vermont should take a look at New York’s energy plan

I received this link in my email today and found it fascinating reading.
It was issued last May by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and announces a visionary energy project for New York state that would transform the way regulated utilities in that state are structured and the services they provide from the business of owning and selling energy from huge, centralized and dirty power plants to operating as energy system managers of smaller, distributed, more efficient and clean energy sources.
The program, named Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), was inspired by the earlier Solutions Project directed by Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University, a project that developed a vision for all 50 states to go 100 percent renewable energy. Vermont’s vision is here: http://thesolutionsproject.org/infographic/#vt.
I can’t help but compare this vision to that of our governor who is pushing hard (and has all involved state agencies — and quasi state agencies like the Public Service Board — pushing as well) for more fossil fuel infrastructure — fracked gas pipelines — with a 70- to 100-year lifetime, huge environmental damages and running roughshod over Vermont landowners.
Ron Slabaugh

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