Green Mountain Power, the utility that covers most of Vermont, has joined the ranks of utilities like Xcel Energy that are working toward 100 percent carbon-free electricity. It said it will target 100 percent carbon-free by 2025 and 100 percent renewables by 2030. To build up to its 2030 renewables target, the utility plans to increase its purchases of wind and hydropower and add local distributed resources and energy storage.
Here’s the story from Greentechn Media:
The utility is “focused on dramatically ramping up in-state renewable generation,” which it defines as including solar, hydropower, wind, biomass and cow manure digestion. The utility will also focus on regional resources from Canada, New York and New England to build its supply. In its IRP, Green Mountain specifically pointed to the addition of distributed renewables, hydropower and regional offshore wind. In that document the utility said it assumes the deployment of 50 and 100 megawatts of “additional storage and flexible load resources” will take place in its territory in the next decade.