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“Getting to 90% Renewable” was Focus at VECAN Conference


December 3, 2012

The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network and UVM Extension once again co-hosted the Community Energy and Climate Action Conference, which took place Saturday, December 1 at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee. The event was a huge success!

The conference inspired, strengthened and helped grow the statewide network of town energy committees. The day-long event is an annual conference and this year consisted of 14 timely workshops, six roundtable discussions on hot topics and a stellar keynote speaker — Chris Martenson — who spoke about the intersection of energy, the environment and the economy in a resource-restricted world.

This year’s conference theme was “Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050,” which is the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan goal. Though a daunting and ambitious goal, it was clear that for many of the over 300 people who attended 90 percent by 2050 is not just a goal, it is an imperative. It was also clear that they left the event more energized and focused than ever before to help achieve it.

“Each year this event gets bigger, and every year it draws some of the most active, committed, solutions-oriented Vermonters. It’s truly amazing,” said VNRC Energy Program Director Johanna Miller. “For me, it is a powerful day that truly reaffirms a shared commitment to realizing a clean energy future and recharges my batteries to do everything I can to help Vermont get there. Yes, 90 percent my 2050 will be difficult but, together, we can do it.”

For all of the conference’s workshop presentations and more information about VECAN, how to start or join an energy committee and more, visit www.vecan.net. To get more information and to get involved on policy or community-based solutions, contact VNRC’s Johanna Miller at jmiller@vnrc.org or 802-223-2328 ext. 112.

For a full photo album of the conference, click here.

What Chris Martenson’s insightful keynote address here: