VEIC Executive Director Scott Johnstone (left, back) and Founder Beth Sachs (right, front) welcome Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Congressman Peter Welch to the VEIC office in Burlington, VT.
According to Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont is serving as a national model for energy efficiency. The Congressman accompanied Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, on a visit to VEIC's offices today to showcase the state's work. Chair Sutley noted that one of her priorities is to promote energy efficiency at the federal level.
The gathering included representatives from a range of Vermont businesses and organizations that are deeply involved in energy efficiency efforts, including the Burlington Electric Department, the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, and the Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont.
At the event, DeWayne Howell, Engineering and Maintenance Team Leader at Husky Injection Molding spoke to the value of energy efficiency for large businesses. The manufacturing facility, based in Milton, has worked extensively with Efficiency Vermont over the last decade. According to Howell, those efforts have really paid off: so far, they have reduced Husky's electric usage by 38 percent.
VEIC Executive Director Scott Johnstone noted that the value of energy efficiency goes far beyond the electric sector. "We have to think comprehensively about energy efficiency," he said. "That means addressing the energy that heats our homes - and the energy that we use in transportation sector."