Vermont CAN achieve both 90% renewable energy and a 75% or more reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining or increasing our economic prosperity.
The Public Service Department just announced the availability of the final report from its two-year “Total Energy Study” (or “TES”). This study examines how Vermont can achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction and renewable energy goals through modeled combinations of technology deployment and novel policy structures. The report concludes that these goals are both achievable and affordable.
“I am pleased that this very thorough study shows we can meet both our climate and energy goals while not only keeping Vermont’s economy strong, but also while enhancing the segment of our economy that is deploying renewable resources throughout the state” said Christopher Recchia, Commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department. “It shows we are on the right track with our policy of advancing Vermont-based efficiency and renewable resources for our energy security, economy and our environment” he added.
The TES shows that by 2050 Vermont can achieve both 90% renewable energy and a 75% or more reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining or increasing our economic prosperity. However, to do so will require significant changes in energy policy, fuel supply, infrastructure, and technology.
The TES process depended on the input from more than 100 Vermont energy experts and interested stakeholders, as well as contracted assistance from Dunsky Energy Consulting and the Regulatory Assistance Project.
The final Total Energy Study report is available on the PSD’s web page: