Green Mountin' State
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) said yesterday that his state can meet electricity demands for the next decade by “using renewable energy and efficiency and relying less on large fossil-fuel plants.” For starters, Dean said he would probably devote $750,000 from an oil-industry settlement to solar and wind system rebates. Christine Salembier, commissioner of the state Department of Public Service, said that the state saved residents $17.7 million last year on their electric bills through a statewide energy conservation program. She said the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was equivalent to taking 2,100 cars off the road.