Shap Smith on Energy & Oil
More programs for LIHEAP and home weatherization
For Vermonters of all incomes, H. 520 asks the Public Service Board to oversee greater coordination and streamlining of existing programs [on home weatherization]. Other steps in H.520 include improved adherence to existing building codes, development of
an energy rating for existing structures, strategies for development of a trained labor pool, and exploration of incentives for renewable heating fuels, such as biomass pellets.
"This bill directs weatherization to the
lowest-income homes that are the least energy efficient. Over time, this will allow us to distribute LIHEAP fuel aid more efficiently," said Speaker Shap Smith. "In our cold state we must keep Vermonters warm, spend less, and improve energy efficiency.
This bill moves us in that direction."
The House hopes these measures will be bolstered next year with more funding and that together they will help meet a statutory goal of weatherizing 80,000 housing units by 2020.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial press release via speaker.vermont.gov
, Mar 22, 2013
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