Vermont Renewable Energy Program Increases State’s Carbon Footprint
Dr. Ron Holland
17 September 2015
In 2005 the Vermont Legislature passed renewable energy legislation establishing the SPEED program. SPEED was repealed in 2015 with legislation initially called RESET. The name RESET has been dropped as leaders thought that the name implied that SPEED had been a mistake that required correcting. SPEED was a mistake and Vermont will be living with its legacy for at least 20 years.
While other states established renewable energy programs that decreased their carbon footprints, SPEED increased Vermont’s — by about 236,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. A similar annual burden will continue until SPEED projects like the Lowell, Sheffield and Georgia wind projects are decommissioned.
Since such a profound mistake was made and nobody has…
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