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Lawmakers push for more energy efficiency bills

MONTPELIER — Pay a little to save a lot. That was the theory more than a decade ago when Vermont began taxing electric bills to pay for a statewide energy efficiency program that’s widely regarded as a big success.
Now, there’s a push to apply the same principle to home heating.
But the idea of taxing heating oil and other petroleum-based fuels to pay for tightening buildings to reduce the use of them is drawing opposition from business groups and wariness from many lawmakers.
A recent report from a task force assembled by the Department of Public Service estimated that to raise $30 million for expanded weatherization, programs would mean a tax on oil of about 12 cents per gallon.
But advocates say the savings for consumers could be much larger.

GMP rate decrease was first an increase, officials say

Green Mountain Power’s upcoming customer rate reduction is a decrease that hasn’t happened in more than 20 years, but state officials said the company initially sought a rate increase.

A GMP rate decrease of 0.4 percent for consumers initially was proposed by the company as a rate increase of somewhere under 2 percent, according to state Department of Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller.

“There are some remaining areas where we think the company needs to do better in the future,” Miller said. “We were very pleased that we got them down to a decrease.”

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