Efficiency Vermont budget increase larger than one proposed

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Vermont’s unique energy efficiency utility will get budget increases that will be more than the Douglas administration proposed.

But the Public Service Board says the increases to Efficiency Vermont will be less than advocates argue were needed to drive down electricity use.

The board is ordering that the utility’s budget should rise from the current cap of 17-and-a-half million dollars to 30-and-three-quarter million dollars by 2008.

Governor Jim Douglas’ administration proposed increases that would reach only $26.4 million dollars in 2008.

Advocates who included Democratic leaders in the Legislature wanted the budget to double or triple.

All ratepayers pay for the utility through surcharges on their monthly bills.

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