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Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the state's renewable energy trade association, has penned a letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin and his public service department commissioner, calling for a solution that strengthens the state's net metering program.

According to REV, instability has been caused by utilities that have halted their net metering programs after reaching Vermont's 4% requirement. In addition, the group says there are numerous economic advantages of a strong net metering program, including deferment of large transmission costs, summer peak shaving, reduced line losses while transporting energy, management of power delivery and environmental benefits.

"As members of the Vermont renewable energy business community and on behalf of our current and future customers, we are troubled by instability caused by the Vermont utilities no longer allowing, or those limiting, net metering ... The current uncertainty also undermines the basic right that Vermonters have to produce their own energy," the letter says.

"Should Vermont decide to let this competitive industry pass the state by, the market will take the jobs, investment and the clean energy elsewhere, and local businesses in the industry will suffer," the letter adds.

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