Renewable Energy Group Seeks To Expand State Support

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A Vermont renewable energy industry group is calling for the state to expand the amount of power Vermont gets from generators paid above-market prices set by the state.

But other business groups say they worry that expanding the state’s so-called standard offer program will drive up electric rates.

Renewable Energy Vermont’s Gabrielle Stebbins says standard offer rates help promote growth in the industry, reducing Vermont’s reliance on imported oil and creating jobs in the state.

The group is also hoping the state will come up with a new source of revenue to support the Clean Energy Development fund. That currently is funded by the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, but the agreement under which that happens ends next month.

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