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Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Regulators in Vermont appear to be applying the brakes to the state’s renewable energy boom.

Replying to a proposed rule issued by the Public Service Board earlier this month, renewable energy advocates say it will bar the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

The board’s order concerns so-called net-metering. That’s the system under which owners of solar power systems can sell the extra power they make to utilities, offsetting their electric bills.

The new rules limit the size of such projects and reduce the amount of power utilities are expected to take from them.

Supporters say the board is trying to strike a balance between supporting renewables but not imposing new costs on customers who haven’t gone solar.


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  1. The Green Mountain State appears to be getting on the right side of history. The fact is that a growing body of scientists worldwide now predicts that the global temperature over the next several decades will likely decline, in which case, current policies would be diametrically opposite from the right policies. John Christy, Alabama’s State Climatologist testified to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology on February 2, 2016 that, out of 102 simulations of global temperature from 32 climate models, only the Russian model was close to actual temperatures. All of the other models overestimated temperatures. The Russian model included the influence of predicted global cooling due to reduced sunspot activity. John Fyfe at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling recently wrote that global climate models and atmospheric CO2 increases simply do not match. In a public comment, Fyfe said, “We can’t ignore it.” The only issue settled about climate science is that climate models and databases are not adequate to guide policy decisions. There is no great urgency to rush headlong in the wrong direction with renewable energy projects. Government interference only causes the cost of energy to rise to cover subsidies for renewables and produces absolutely nothing of value while wasting trillions of dollars of the nation’s wealth. Politicians have no skills to pick winners, and there are no quick fixes. Free market principles will solve all problems when given the time to work.

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