25 Dec '11, 9pm

Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050 via @grist Gotta luv VT!

Renewable energy could become a standard part of Vermont's idyllic image. Photo: Sterling College Cross-posted from Climate Progress . Vermont is known for its lush Green Mountains, idyllic farm landscapes, and progressive politics. What many people may not realize is that Vermont has a pretty active secessionist movement too. Vermont isn't likely to secede from the U.S. But it is undertaking an ambitious renewable energy program that could at least put it on a path toward "energy secession" -- developing a road map for procuring 90 percent of its heat, electricity, and fuels from renewables by 2050. Under Vermont's new governor, Peter Shumlin, regulators are developing the state's first comprehensive energy plan in over a decade. And this one is certainly forward-looking. Vermont currently gets about 25 percent of its electricity from renewables -- mostly biomass and hydr...

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