State of Vermont Archives: on Energy & Oil


Sue Minter: Keep electric rates low to compete in New England

Q: What about a consumer advocate to ensure Vermonters are paying fair electric and natural gas rates?

Sue Minter: Vermont now has the second-lowest overall electric rates in New England, which is important as we compete for jobs with our neighbors. However, I know we can continue to improve upon our competitive position in the region, and I know that even modest rate increases in gas or electric service can be very challenging for Vermont's families, our seniors, and our businesses. My administration will strengthen the existing Public Advocate office and work with the Department of Public Service, the Public Service Board and stakeholders to ensure Vermonters are paying fair electric and natural gas rates.

Phil Scott: The Department of Public Service must act as an advocate for ratepayers, including residential customers. There is clearly room for improvement in advocating for residential customers and I will make sure my Commissioner is a strong voice for all consumers.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Patrick Leahy: Human-caused climate change is accelerating

Q: What do you believe the federal government should do to control global climate change?

Patrick Leahy: Human-caused climate change is accelerating with each passing year to devastating effects on our natural resources and our global economy. We must act to mitigate any further damage by aggressively moving toward clean energy sources and cutting our carbon emissions. I was proud to support President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which set the first ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, our nation's largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions. But more needs to be done. We cannot allow climate deniers to continue to risk the futures of our children and our grandchildren. Addressing the devastating effects of human-caused climate change, which is accelerating each year. We must do everything we can to protect our environment, especially Lake Champlain, the Green Mountain National Forest and Vermont's other environmental treasures.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Vermont Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Phil Scott: Combat climate change & reduce our reliance on fossil fuels

Q: What steps would you take to secure Vermont's energy future?

Phil Scott: Securing our energy future requires us to be more self sufficient, and in order to do so we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. I am proud of Vermont's forward-thinking efforts to combat climate change, and we should explore purchasing "green" power from reliable, affordable sources, including solar, hydro, and natural gas, among others. As we've seen with the solar industry, when government acts as a partner and incentivizes growth, the sector flourishes & creates jobs. In addition, the independence gained by weaning ourselves off of non-renewable power sources will further preserve our state's natural environment for future generations. Fundamentally, we need to recognize that growing our economy and preserving our environment by making smart energy choices are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are inextricably linked. A strong economy needs to rely on a sustainable energy policy, and vice-versa.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial Race Sep 19, 2016

Bruce Lisman: Moratorium on industrial scale solar and wind projects

Establish a temporary moratorium on industrial scale solar and wind projects. We need to improve the process for approving and siting large renewable energy installations. Local communities must have meaningful input into the process. We cannot continue to ignore the negative impacts on our environment and our neighbors. And in many parts of the state, we have reached capacity in terms of the ability to economically integrate additional renewable generation capacity into our grid. Let's slow down and make sure we put in place a more deliberate and balanced permitting process for industrial scale renewables, and ensure that the electric infrastructure can support these additions.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, LismanForVermont.com Mar 6, 2016

Shap Smith: More programs for LIHEAP and home weatherization

For Vermonters of all incomes, H. 520 asks the Public Service Board to oversee greater coordination and streamlining of existing programs [on home weatherization]. Other steps in H.520 include improved adherence to existing building codes, development of an energy rating for existing structures, strategies for development of a trained labor pool, and exploration of incentives for renewable heating fuels, such as biomass pellets.

"This bill directs weatherization to the lowest-income homes that are the least energy efficient. Over time, this will allow us to distribute LIHEAP fuel aid more efficiently," said Speaker Shap Smith. "In our cold state we must keep Vermonters warm, spend less, and improve energy efficiency. This bill moves us in that direction."

The House hopes these measures will be bolstered next year with more funding and that together they will help meet a statutory goal of weatherizing 80,000 housing units by 2020.

Source: 2016 gubernatorial press release via speaker.vermont.gov Mar 22, 2013

Phil Scott: Supports renewable energy investment

In keeping with his strong support of renewable energy investment, Lieutenant Governor candidate Phil Scott will participate in several green energy conferences and forums this month that offer opportunities for an exchange of ideas and expertise about ways to decrease Vermont's reliance on fossil fuels.

"Asserting our independence and self-reliance, taking responsibility for our future energy needs and revitalizing the state's economy and business climate are the principal themes of my candidacy," Scott said. "I see the renewable energy sector as offering a lot of potential to help us accomplish all of these goals, and these conferences provide an invaluable exchange of ideas and information between entrepreneurs, scientists, consumers and state leaders."

The Renewable Energy Future Conference is designed for members of the general public looking for renewable energy options for home or business and for those working in the renewable energy and general energy sector.

Source: 2010 Vermont Lt. gubernatorial press release, PhilScott.org Nov 1, 2010

Larry Drown: Donít drill for oil in our national parks

We now, instead of supporting President Kennedyís commission on fitness, are one of the most obese nations in the world, heavily dependent on energy from abroad, and are losing ground daily in education to other countries and are considering drilling for oil in some of our national parks. Changing the balance of power in The House of Representatives and the Senate will be a good start in changing this culture of ours that isnít really working for us.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.drownforvermont.com Jun 24, 2006

Matt Dunne: Promote alternative fuels and renewable energy

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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