NO. R-211.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Efficiency Vermont.

(H.C.R.131)

Offered by:  Representatives Sharpe of Bristol, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brown of Walden, Chen of Mendon, Connell of Warren, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Head of South Burlington, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hummel of Underhill, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Lippert of Hinesburg, Maier of Middlebury, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Peterson of Williston, Pugh of South Burlington, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Starr of Troy, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Waite of Pawlet and Wright of Burlington.

Whereas, Efficiency Vermont is the nation’s first energy efficiency utility, and

Whereas, as a national leader in the drive for energy efficiency, it serves as a model for other states’ energy efficiency programs, and

Whereas, the organization’s work strengthens the state’s economy as most of every dollar spent on energy efficiency stays in-state, while most of each dollar spent on power purchases leaves Vermont, and

Whereas, in 2002, the average rate of return on a business’s energy efficiency investments was 65 percent, and

Whereas, since operations began in 2000, Efficiency Vermont has benefited more than 67,800 businesses and households across the state, ultimately generating over $66.8 million in lifetime energy savings, and

Whereas, the organization’s efforts to date will generate over 99,000 megawatt hours of electricity savings which is more than the combined annual residential electricity requirements in Brattleboro, Barre, and St. Johnsbury, and

Whereas, more than 100 thousand gallons of propane, 29 million cubic feet of gas, 123 thousand gallons of oil, and 50 million gallons of water have been similarly saved, and

Whereas, over a million tons of greenhouse gases have been eliminated, which equals the one-year removal of 14,000 cars from Vermont’s roads, and

Whereas, electricity savings have been achieved at 53 percent of the expenditure cost required for purchasing or generating electricity and delivering it to customers, and

Whereas, all Vermonters share the benefits of Efficiency Vermont’s work, because energy savings lowers everyone’s electric rates, and

Whereas, in May 2003, Efficiency Vermont was awarded Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government “Innovations in American Government Award,” one of only five recipients of this distinguished honor from among 1,200 nominees, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Efficiency Vermont for its outstanding implementation of the Energy Efficiency Utility model created in 1999 and upon its receipt of the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government “Innovations in American Government Award,” and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brian Hamilton at Efficiency Vermont in Burlington.