The governor’s selection of activist Annette Smith to a technical advisory group drew controversy.
Multiple communications I received raised concerns about the potential deceptive nature of Green Mountain Power and Yeloha’s claims.
Some Vermonters who put up solar installations may discover that the company they bought from is selling the energy produced to a third party.
Selling its power as renewable on the retail market should preclude Green Mountain Power from selling renewable energy credits to other producers. To do both is deceptive, they say. GMP says its marketing is accurate.
A new book co-authored by a Vermont Law School energy expert and a recent graduate has the attention of state regulators and environmental professionals as it focuses on policies needed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s new climate rules.
“It is a fundamental principle of all renewable energy market sales that the environmental characteristics associated with the electric energy generated cannot be counted or claimed twice,” said NextEra Energy in a letter last week.
Not all so-called solar energy deals being offered locally are the same, and more and more of them, through complex contractual terms, do not actually sell the solar energy to the customer whose electrical account is used to support the transaction.
While Vermont is a leader in the energy efficiency arena, with new leadership in Montpelier it is time to overhaul an inadequate state clean energy regime.