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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

JOINT HOUSE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution


J.R.H.  55

Joint resolution requesting the public service department to adopt a revised state energy plan with new implementation recommendations in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 202b(c)

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Dostis of Waterbury and Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Whereas, in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 202b(c), the department of public service “no less frequently than every five years” is directed to update the state energy plan’s implementation recommendations that were initially adopted in 1994, and

Whereas, this statutory subsection further directs that “these recommendations shall be updated prior to the expiration of five years if the general assembly passes a joint resolution making a request to that effect,” and

Whereas, a state energy plan was last released in 1998, and in 2005, at the time the department released its most recent state electric energy plan, it stated that a revised state energy plan with new implementation recommendations was a work in progress, and

Whereas, on March 5, 2008, the price for a barrel of oil hit a new record when its midday trading price on the New York Mercantile Exchange reached slightly above $104.00 per barrel, and

Whereas, the previous high in inflation‑adjusted dollars was $103.95 in April 1980, and by 1998, the price for a barrel of oil on the world market had dropped slightly below $20.00 per barrel, and

Whereas, the 1998 state energy plan, citing 1993 dollars when the inflation‑adjusted price of oil was approximately $20.00 per barrel, projected an increase to $25.00 by 2015, a mark that has long since been surpassed, and

Whereas, this now‑dated pricing projection is only one example of the urgent necessity for the department of public service to update the 1998 energy plan’s implementation recommendations, and

Whereas, Vermonters are placed at great risk, from the perspective of economic development, as well as short- and long-term planning, if the data in the state energy plan does not reflect current market realities and trends, and

Whereas, the General Assembly’s adoption of a joint resolution in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 202b(c) will provide new impetus for the department of public service to issue a revised state energy plan with new implementation recommendations in the foreseeable future, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly, in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 202b(c), requests that the department of public service issue a revised state comprehensive energy plan with new implementation recommendations and that the plan be submitted to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy by December 1, 2008, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner David O’Brien at the department of public service.

 

    

 

____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House

 

____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives

 

 



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