What can we learn from Vermont’s Net Metering Expansion?

“Vermont’s legislation,H.702, raised the state’s net metering cap from 4 percent of a utility’s peak load to 15 percent, significantly expanding participation in this critical program.”

How does it compare to other states that dealt with conflict around net metering?

Andrew Savage highlights three main factors:

  1. Economic benefits of distributed solar generation
  2. Public Service Department involvement and acted as an intermediary between and among industries
  3. Full backing of the utility, GMP

 

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Vermont’s House member spoke at BuildingGreen Inc.,

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, the author of The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act recently spoke at a BuildingGreen Inc event in Brattleboro Vermont.

Welch discussed at the event some of the highlights of the Act’s initiatives:

— A new “tenant star” certification program.

— Requires implementing strategies to increase the efficiency of federally operated data centers.

— Encourages manufacturing large-scale water heaters and incentivizes  curbing energy demand during peak hours.

Alex Wilson also was present at the event and stated, “….creating really energy-efficient homes is one way to ensure that the people in those homes will remain safe.”

 

There is a growing attention to climate change and building resiliency.  Let’s see if the Act is passed by senate.

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