For Immediate Release
November 9, 2015
Contact: Rob Roper
EAI Launches New Energy Focused Website
The Ethan Allen Institute, with the tremendous help of the Interstate Policy Alliance, launched a new website, vermontenergysense.com, to follow the issue of wind and solar facility siting around the state, as well as the policies behind renewable energy subsidization and what it means for Vermont.
Accompanying the website is a short, documentary film based interviews with Vermonters who have been victimized by the state’s energy policy, as well as EAI energy expert Meredith Angwin and State Representative Harvey Smith, whose Addison County district is ground zero for renewable energy growth. (Click To Watch)
Dale Hastings of New Haven and his wife Jess Whitney share their story of having a multi-acre solar installation dropped on residential/agricultural property mere feet from their house. The sea of panels has destroyed their view, their sense of place, as well as the value of their home. And, they were powerless to stop this from happening.
Mike Rice of Windsor is trying to stop a 19,000 panel solar factory from going in on a hill directly across from the farm owned and occupied by his family for generations. “This isn’t in my back yard,” says Rice. “It’s in my front yard. I’m going to look at this when I eat a bowl of cereal every morning.” Rice, like Hastings and Whitney, is frustrated by how powerless he and local citizens are in the face of the Public Service Board to protect the aesthetics and values of the community in which they live.
Given the legislature’s mandate that Vermont get 75% of our current electrical demands from renewable sources by 2032 and the goal of getting 90% of our total energy demands, including home heating and transportation, by 2050, many, many more Vermonters will find themselves in similar situations, unless the laws are changed.
VeromontEnergySense.com will serve as an information hub to share individual stories, data, and news items from around the state on an issue that will determine the aesthetic, ecological, and economic future of the Green Mountain State.
Please check out the site and the video, and make your voice heard by taking the EAI survey on energy policy and renewable development in Vermont.