February 17, 2015 at 7:40 am
A simple bill could have dismantled the double-counting (to some states) SPEED program and established a
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that other states would have accepted. With an acceptable RPS, there would not be
rate increases of 6% or 20%. Most of the bill (H.40) is a laundry list of renewable energy requirements and fossil fuel reduction goals that
will certainly lead to more expensive electric rates, more economic malaise (solar jobs are a flash-in-the-pan -- read about Spain), 
more bureaucrats shuffling papers and more farm fields covered with acres of black solar panels. 
Therefore, I voted against it in committee. 
-- Rep. Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh