Ten years ago, in late August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene crashed into the Green Mountains and shattered the myth that Vermont was safe from climate change. The severe weather, fires, and droughts that we’ve experienced in the decade since remind us Irene was not a one-off event. Climate change is real, and the outlook is getting worse. This is confirmed by the recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which found “human influence has warmed the climate at a rate that is unprecedented in at least the last 2000 years.” That’s why VGS (Vermont Gas Systems) is moving forward with a plan – and a new approach – to transform our energy system to lead in the fight against climate change.
The Goodrich Family Farm digester is the first star in a constellation of VGS projects that will provide homegrown energy to Vermonters. We want to capture renewable natural gas from other farms, use waste heat for district energy systems, create carbon-neutral hydrogen from excess solar and wind power, and serve all that clean heat to our customers in place of fossil fuels. This isn’t just VGS’s work. We believe Vermonters will light the sky with clean energy projects and guide a nation to meet our shared climate goals.