More than 100 renewable energy and associated Vermont businesses urge legislative action

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More than 100 renewable energy and associated Vermont businesses urge legislative action

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 8:33am -- tim

Demonstrating the size and diversity of Vermont's renewable energy economy, more than 100 businesses that work in the renewable energy industry are urging legislative action before the session closes on a package of clean energy legislation.
In a letter led by Renewable Energy Vermont to Governor Peter Shumlin, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, and lawmakers, the businesses urged passage of five House-passed, bipartisan bills, stating that "our industry is growing and it is strong," but "to remain competitive, we need to continue to foster a strong local industry."
The letter continued, "Vermont has worked hard to develop our in-state, clean energy economy. Now is not the time to let this effort slide, letting the wave of the future move on to other states and countries. Predictability and pro-growth policies are vital to our continued success."
Large renewable energy companies such as groSolar, Northern Power Systems, AllEarth Renewables, Sunward Systems, Draker Laboratories, and NRG Systems collectively employ hundreds of Vermonters directly.  But the letter also included dozens of small, medium and large businesses that derive work from Vermont's clean tech industry, including local installers from all corners of the state, large construction companies such as J.A. Morrissey Inc. and Engineers Construction Inc. (ECI), electrical companies, contracting companies, developers, and design and marketing firms.
"The wide appeal for legislative progress demonstrates the depth and breadth of Vermont's renewable energy economy.  Everyday our business works with dozens of other Vermont businesses.  When we are busy, they are busy.  But we need to have pro-growth policies in Vermont that make this economic activity possible," said Brett Pingree of Northern Power Systems in Barre.
Vermont recently ranked number one in the nation for "green jobs," but industry experts say that study misses thousands of businesses engaged in the state's renewable energy economy.
"Vermont would do well to look just across its borders and see the growth and job creation from other states' pro-renewable energy policies.  We can't take our in-state industry for granted," said Ben Gordesky of DC Energy Innovations in North Hero. "The best part of our industry is that not only do we create good jobs, we also make available to Vermonters clean, renewable energy for decades to come."
The text of the full letter and signers is here:

An Open Letter to Vermont Elected Officials

Dear Vermont Leaders,
As renewable energy businesses and businesses that derive work from the renewable energy sector, we ask for your attention to energy legislation before the end of the session.
Our industry is growing and it is strong.  Vermont just dropped below 5% in unemployment, with a hefty portion of that being green jobs. Vermont has worked hard to develop our in-state, clean energy economy.  Now is not the time to let this effort slide, letting the wave of the future move on to other states and countries. Predictability and pro-growth policies are vital to our continued success.  To remain competitive, we need to continue to foster a strong local industry.
Before this legislative session ends, please ensure passage of:
·         House passed net metering bill (H. 475)
·         House passed Property Tax Certainty for State and Renewables Developers and Customers (H. 679)
·         House passed CEDF funding (H. 782)
·         Senate passed streamlined permitting for small existing hydro (S. 148)
·         House passed â Energy Bill’(H. 468)
We recognize how busy this time of year is.  Please: ensure that Vermont continues to build towards our collective future of locally-made, clean energy.
Thank you for your consideration,

Acorn Energy Co-op, Middlebury

Advanced Solar Heating Systems, Rutland

Aegis Wind, Waitsfield

AllEarth Renewables, Williston

Alumni Solar, South Hero

Backspring Renewables, Middlebury/Weybridge

Biebel Builders, Windsor

Black River Produce, North Springfield

Bobcat Café, Bristol

Bright Lite Electric, Windsor

Building Energy, Williston

CalcoGreen LLC, Waitsfield

Catamount Solar, East Montpelier

Coburn's General Store, South Strafford

Community Hydro, Plainfield

Concept 2, Morrisville

Cottage 10, Hinesburg

Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury

CRL Solar LLC, Hartford

Daniels Transportation, White River Junction

DC Energy Innovations, North Hero

Draker Labs, Burlington

E&S Electric, Colchester

Encore Redevelopment, Burlington

Energy Co-op of Vermont, Colchester

Engineers Construction Inc., Williston

Forward Thinking Consultants, Richmond

Foxfire Energy, Chittenden

Fresh Tracks Capital, Shelburne

Friends of the Sun, Manchester

Gary MacArthur Solar, Marlboro

Graybar, Rutland

Green Earth Energy, Brandon

Green Energy Times, Bradford

Green Toolbox Consultants, Warren

Green Works Solar Store, St. Johnsbury

Grennon's Solder Works, Bristol

GroSolar, White River Junction

GWR Engineering, Charlotte

Hand Energy Services, Manchester

Hand Sun and Solar, Manchester

Harvey|Severence, Burlington

Hebert Excavation, Williamstown

Hempfully Green, Putney

Hidden Springs Maple, Putney

Independent Power, Hyde Park

Integrated Solar, Brattleboro

Interstate Mountain Company, South Hero

J. A. Morrissey, Williston

J.W. & D.E. Ryan Inc., Vergennes

James T. Davis Construction, Arlington

L.W. Seddon LLC, Montpelier

Landworks, Middlebury

Larkin Realty, Burlington

Leunig's Bistro, Burlington

Livingston Farm Landscape Products, Bristol

LN Consulting, Winooski

Maclay Architects, Waitsfield

MC Autoworks , Strafford

Mergus Analytics LLC, Jericho

Metrukâ s Electrical Contracting, Underhill

Northeast Wind (a VERA business), Waterbury

Northern Power Systems, Barre

NRG Systems, Hinesburg

One Sun Vermont, South Hero

Peck Electric, Williston

Phelps Engineering, Middlebury

Pill-Maharam Architects, Shelburne

Points North Energy, Stowe

Positive Energy, Poultney

Prudent Living, Windsor

PV Solar Associates, Berlin

Real Goods Solar, Montpelier

ReArch Company, South Burlington

ReKnew, Hartford

Renewable Energy Vermont, Montpelier

ResTec, Bridgewater Corners

Rich Keus Construction, Arlington

Robert's Plumbing and Heating, Milton

RSD Companies Inc., White River Junction

RSD Leasing, White River Junction

RSD Transportation, White River Junction

RSD Warehouse, White River Junction

Saxtons River Solar Electric, Saxtons River

Small Dog Electronics, Waitsfield

Sojourns Community Health Clinic, Westminster

Solar Pro, Arlington

Solarfest, Tinmouth

Solartech, Sutton

Solarwind Electric, Bradford

Soulmate Socks, Strafford

Southridge Neighborhood Association, Middlebury

Stephanie Lahar and Associates LLC, Montpelier

Stone Soup Restaurant, Strafford

Suncatcher, Corinth

SunCommon, Waterbury

Sunrise Solar Services, Rutland

Sunward Systems, Vergennes

Sunwood Biomass, Waitsfield

Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Thetford Center

Sustainable Solutions, Marshfield

Teamswork, Shelburne

Timberline Electric Inc., Williston

Triland Partners, Williamstown

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Burlington

Twin Birches Ltd, Middlebury

USA Solar Store, Perkinsville

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington/Barre

Vermont Solar Engineering, Burlington

Vesco Energy Services, South Burlington

VT Solar, Burlington

Watson Research, Fairfield

West Windsor West Corp., Windsor

Willis North America, Burlington

Wolfe Energy, Strafford

Woodstock Aqueduct, Woodstock

About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.revermont.org
REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.
ReVermont 4.24.2012