Vermont Goes Green

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go greenThe Northeast Kingdom- Dr. Janel Hanrahan, an associative professor of Atmospheric Sciences said that we know humans are the cause of climate change, and that we have the power to stop it. So local governments, business, and companies are taking noticing and working hard to keep vermont known as the "Green mountain State".  

One of these companies working hard to battle climate is green mountain power. Their current goal will set vermont ahead of many other states and hopes it encourages them to follow suite. GMP wants to show bigger states that going green and carbon free is completely doable and affordable. “There is so much we can accomplish together in Vermont to cut carbon, and at the same time increase reliability for customers in the face of increasingly frequent and severe storms.  The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report makes clear, we have to act now, and take bold steps to cut carbon,” said Mary Power, President and CEO of GMP.

DR. Luce, a professor in the Natural Sciences Department at NVU-Lyndon and Who has years of research on a variety of solar projects thinks that solar is the most effective form of renewable energy. Dr Luce said, "Solar energy is by far the biggest renewable energy resource its capacity its potential capacity is much more than human civilization should ever need hopefully".

The only downside to solar is that the sun goes, and when the sun goes down no more power can be made. Dr. Luce adds, "I still see the biggest barrier is the cost of storage it would be nice if cost of lithium ion battery storage could come down about a factor for. I think things are would take off quite a bit more quickly and I think that will happen what time. It's similar to what what happens with photovoltaic mainly with a scale up of the industry."  

Although storage is not where the market would like it to be, GMP is working hard to reach their goals of a 100% carbon free energy supply by 2025 and 100% renewable energy by 2030. Some towns are even working to reduce utilizes cost and carbon foot print. Chad Whitehead the town manager of St. Johnsbury said, The town has entered into several aftercare agreements for net meter agreements with solar fields, and even trying to get one to be built here in St. Johnsbury because there are some dual purposes there. One it's because they pay taxes and they help off set Municipal taxes. The other one is we get discounts on our electrical usage for those metors that we have with those agreements."

But, even with what looks to be only benefits. Dr. Luce warns us that,"we have to move carefully because if we do this wrong if we implement the wrong types of sources and we don't implement the right types of technologies and we don't create the right types of incentive structures then efforts can backfire."