U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was treated to a whirlwind tour when Vermont’s congressional delegation hosted him on a recent visit to the state. Energy efficiency was a top item on the agenda.
The first stop was a visit to VEIC for a gathering of Vermont’s top leaders in the energy sector, convened by Senator Bernie Sanders. During the wide-ranging discussion, which touched on renewable energy, housing, and transportation, Secretary Moniz noted that efficiency is a critical tool in meeting the nation’s larger sustainable energy goals. Senator Sanders was keen to highlight Vermont’s aggressive energy targets, and the impressive results achieved by the state’s energy efficiency utility, VEIC-administered Efficiency Vermont, which now accounts for 13% of Vermont’s electric supply requirements.
The following morning, VEIC Executive Director Scott Johnstone appeared as a panelist at a Vermont Energy Summit. Vermont’s small size and collaborative, community-based approach have helped the state carve out a leadership position on energy issues, he said, but “The results of energy efficiency speak for themselves. Efficiency is the cheapest source of energy available, and it drives local economic development by freeing up capital and creating jobs that cannot be outsourced. We are honored to join Vermont’s leaders, and our many partners, in showcasing that success for Secretary Moniz.”