On January 26th, Mark Whitworth–president of Energize Vermont’s board of directors–testified before the House Committee on Energy on Technology on climate change and Act 174.
Vermont does not have rational policies on climate change. In fact, Vermont energy policies are exacerbating the very impacts of climate change that we should be trying to avoid. Download Energize Vermont’s testimony on climate change.
Act 174 is the energy bill, passed in 2016, was touted as a means to give towns more say over energy siting. Act 174 grants “substantial deference” to regional and municipal plans that meet certain standards—the legislature left it to the Department of Public Service to create those standards. The DPS created standards that are onerous, restrictive, and rely on 2016 technology to reach a 2050 goal. Download Energize Vermont’s testimony on Act 174.