MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility wants to turn the city of Rutland into a national example of energy efficiency while helping the community revitalize itself, officials said Wednesday in announcing the program.
Green Mountain Power officials said the 14-part plan would include solar panels and vehicle charging stations, which could attract new workers to the area and help re-energize the city as it deals with a weak economy, an aging population, crime, and illegal drug use.
A key to the plan is the use of pilot programs centered in Rutland to help the company develop new customer offerings, like the heat pump program announced earlier this month, and new economic development initiatives.
"It's a multi-part strategic plan that we've put together to figure out a way to do a lot of work that as the energy company of the future we should be doing anyway to benefit all of our customers in Vermont," Green Mountain Power President Mary Powell said. "We're creating a city lab around Rutland and connecting that to the economic revitalization of the city."