SHANNA RATNER: STATE’S ENERGY FUTURE NEEDS A FRESH LOOK
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Shanna Ratner, who has over 30 years of experience in rural community and economic development as the principal of Yellow Wood Associates. As an independent citizen, she has been one of the “green vesters” in Montpelier on several occasions, working to draw attention to the current administration’s energy policy.
What about a forward-looking inclusive approach to energy transformation in Vermont?The state of Vermont under Gov. Peter Shumlin has set a statewide “goal” of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. This is not a goal; it’s an activity. There has been no effective statewide discussion and certainly no consensus reached on why we should be engaged in this activity, let alone how. What are the conditions we are trying to create?
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