Vt. narrowing ideas to reach long-term energy goal

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm •  Published: December 17, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is making progress on a study that will outline how to meet the long-term goal of getting 90 percent of the state's energy from renewable sources by mid-century.

On Monday the Department of Public Service released a 38-page document that outlined a progress report on its "Total Energy Study" that is designed to lay out by next summer how to reach the goal of 90 percent renewables by 2050.

Among the options being considered are "creation of an economy-wide carbon tax" requiring all energy providers to meet a fraction of their sales with renewable energy or energy efficiency and ensuring project have needed financing.

Director of Energy Policy Asa Hopkins said the conversation about how to reach to 90 percent renewables, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent by 2050 has until now largely been "without a frame or structure."

"Now we've put a structure on it, and now we're narrowing," Hopkins told the Times Argus and Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/1bNsgeL). "We're going to do a quantitative analysis of, we think, three specific scenarios over the spring . So we'll be able to, in a much more concrete way, say this is better than that, and why."

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