Vermont's largest utility wants 100% renewable power by 2030

Vermont's largest electric utility is upping the ante and setting a goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources in just over a decade.

Green Mountain Power announced over the weekend that it had set a of getting 100% of its from carbon-free sources by 2025 and 100% from by 2030.

The utility, which serves more than 75% of Vermont electric customers, about 265,000 residential and business users, hopes to achieve the goal by getting more power from local sources and by buying more carbon-free wind and hydroelectric energy.

GMP President Mary Powell said Monday that setting the goal is part of the utility's continuing effort to reduce and eventually eliminate its dependence on .

"I see a big part of our role as accelerating a consumer-led revolution to a greener, cost-effective future," Powell said.

GMP's plan is part of a broader movement that includes a state goal of getting 90% of Vermont's energy from by 2050, including electricity, heating and transportation.

Five years ago, Vermont's Burlington Electric and the Washington Electric cooperative became among the first electric utilities in the country to reach the goal of getting 100% of electricity from renewable sources.

Since then, a number of states and municipalities across the country are moving in that direction, said Diane Moss, of the founding director of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute based in Santa Monica, California.

Powell said the investor-owned utility has been working for years on finding cleaner ways to provide electricity and ensuring its reliability.

Currently, the utility gets 60% of its power from renewable sources and 90% is carbon free, with just under 10% coming from fossil fuels. Over the next several years, the utility will increase its reliance on solar and , battery storage and the use of hydrogeneration.

Just under 30% of the utility's power comes from nuclear generation, which is carbon free but is not considered renewable. GMP's dependence on nuclear power will decrease over the years to come, she said.

"It's going to be a lot of grit and hard work, but we are determined that we can get there," Powell said.

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Apr 15, 2019
hydroelectric is not new renewable , it is hydro and it's very very limited. vermont has no substnatial solar or wind. this is lies. lies lies.

tired of hearing this propogreenda.

Apr 15, 2019
Good for Green Mountain Power. However, they don't seem to be allowing for the switch to electric cars from gas and diesel. By 2030 we should expect 25%-50% of the cars to be electric. So the conversion to all-renewable electric power will take longer, but the final results will be even more impressive.

Apr 16, 2019
"In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables. No wonder natural gas is the fastest growing fuel worldwide."
"When a nuclear power plant in Vermont recently closed, virtually all the generation capacity was replaced by natural gas."
"Vermont's governor prodded Vermont Yankee nuclear plant into an early retirement...Bernie Sanders wanted the plant gone. The consequence was an increase in greenhouse gas emissions that will haunt Vermont for decades."
"[E]very time anti-nuclear climate campaigners succeed in closing a nuclear plant, whether in California, Germany, or Vermont, the burning of fossil fuels, and carbon emissions, go up."

Apr 16, 2019
"Bernie Sanders Denies Closure Of Vermont Nuclear Plant Increased Emissions -- The Data Says Otherwise"
"Bernie Sanders wanted the [Vermont Yankee nuclear] plant gone," wrote the Boston Globe. "The consequence was an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and a hole in the region's energy grid that will haunt it for decades."

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