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(J.R.H. 239)

Offered by: Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Allard of St. Albans Town, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Barbieri of Wallingford, Blanchard of Essex, Carmolli of Rutland City, Colvin of Bennington, Corren of Burlington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Newfane, Deen of Westminster, Deuel of West Rutland, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Fox of Essex, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hooker of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krasnow of Charlotte, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Lafayette of Burlington, Lehman of Hartford, Levin of Hartland, Lippert of Hinesburg, Masland of Thetford, Mazzariello of Rutland City, McNamara of Burlington, Nuovo of Middlebury, Osman of Plainfield, Pembroke of Bennington, Perry of Richford, Postman of Brownington, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Newbury, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Westman of Cambridge, Woodward of Johnson, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, renewable energy reduces dependence on imported fuels, enhances national security, and decreases environmental impacts, and

Whereas, renewable energy programs can save money, create jobs and strengthen the local economy, and

Whereas, increasing the use of renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and strengthens the sustainability and livability of communities, and

Whereas, Vermont has abundant renewable energy resources that can be used to conserve fossil fuel, and

Whereas, renewable energy has steadily improved in cost-effectiveness and performance, and

Whereas, Vermont has committed to install 1,000 solar roofs by the year 2010 as part of the Presidential Million Solar Roofs Initiative, and

Whereas, Vermont is home to many renewable energy businesses, and

Whereas, April 22, 2000 is the 30th anniversary of Earth Day and

renewable energy is the national focus of Earth Day 2000, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly encourages the development and implementation of renewable energy in order that the maximum number of Vermont’s citizens may avail themselves of its many advantages as an energy source, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly urges the agencies of state government to work to promote the use of, and remove barriers to, the implementation of renewable energy installations in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly designates the week of April 16-22, 2000 as Renewal Energy Awareness Week, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Andrew Perchlik in Montpelier.