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State of Vermont to Partner with VEIC, Rocky Mountain Institute in Support of Electric Vehicles

Mar 28, 2012

Project Get Ready Signing
Commissioner Miller signs the Project Get Ready agreement, while Secretary Markowitz and Secretary Searles look on.

At a meeting of the Vermont Climate Cabinet today Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz, Transportation Secretary Brian Searles, and Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller signed an agreement to advance "Project Get Ready," a collaborative effort to prepare Vermont for electric vehicles that will be facilitated by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Rocky Mountain Institute. This partnership will engage stakeholders from electric utilities, automobile dealerships, and regional planning organizations, along with state and local government representatives, in order to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles across Vermont.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the state on this groundbreaking effort," said Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. "If deployed in a thoughtful, systematic way, electric vehicles have great potential improve the efficiency of both the transportation system and electric grid, while decreasing our nation's carbon emissions. At the end of the day, they are essentially a large, mobile appliance - and charging a vehicle while at home overnight is just as easy as filling up at a gas station. We look forward to working with all the project partners to ensure that Vermont is at the forefront of this exciting transformation."

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