Business leaders testify in support of net metering expansion

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first_imgBusiness representatives that are creating local jobs from the state’s net metering projects testified Wednesday before the Vermont Legislature in support of the program’s expansion.Doug Goldsmith, chief operating officer at AllEarth Renewables, Ken Pidgeon, president of Engineers Construction, Inc., and Douglas White, project manager at J.A. Morrissey, Inc. all testified on the job-creating economic benefits of Vermont’s successful net metering program.Pidgeon’s company is the design/build contractor for the Vermont Air National Guard’s 2.2 MW net metered project and installed over 190 foundations for AllEarth’s AllSun Trackers last year. In the coming months, that number will jump to over 575 trackers. J.A. Morrissey created another division of the company and is cross-training the majority of their staff to meet growing renewable energy business, White testified.The business representatives spoke Wednesday before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.Goldsmith testified on the benefits of Green Mountain Power’s $0.06/kWh “solar customer benefit” and that the state could see more net metered projects by increasing the size and amount of allowable projects, expanding the additional financial incentive for solar net metering to Vermonters statewide, and making net metering billing more consumer friendly.”The Green Mountain Power program was established as an incentive for solar development at no cost to ratepayers and is now creating good local jobs,” said Goldsmith.Net metering allows residential, commercial, farm, and municipal customers to produce their own energy and secure stable energy prices. If more energy is generated than used, the customer’s electric meter runs backward providing a credit for the value of the electricity produced. See more about net metering, group net metering, and how it works by clicking here.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs. MONTPELIER, Vermont . . . February 9, 2011 . . .last_img

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