The Vermont Republican Party alleges that legislators are passing the renewable energy bill because some renewable energy producers are election donors. From Chairman Rob Roper:
"Wonder why the Democrats want to raise your electric rates? Because
they are in the pockets of their political friends. These individuals and
their companies stand to make hundreds of thousands of dollars from the
"alternative" energy bill passed by the Vermont House.
David Blittersdorf (NRG Systems) $12,000 to the Vermont Democratic
Jan Blittersdorf (NRG Systems) $12,000 to the Vermont Democratic Party
Jeffrey Wolfe (groSolar) $2,000 to the Vermont Democratic Party
Also, why is the Washington Electric Coop the ONLY electric
company exempted from the renewable energy pricing
program, saving Washington Electric thousands of dollars in electric
costs? Tony Klein, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is
a former lobbyist for Washington Electric.
This last item came up on the House floor today. The co-op would be exempt from a requirement to buy renewable power because it uses at least 25 percent renewable energy already, but with a deadline of this summer, there'd be no time for other utilities to get themselves to exempt status. Klein said he hadn't received money from the co-op in nine years.
- Terri Hallenbeck