Sanders holds hearing on green jobs in VT

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Vermont does a good job with its electrical energy efficiency programs but efforts to save heating energy in buildings lag far behind.

That was one message shared at a public hearing Thursday led by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on energy efficiency and renewable energy in Vermont.

The participants in the hearing said the state spends about $40 million a year on Efficiency Vermont, a statewide program designed to save electricity while weatherization and other heating efficiency efforts get only about $4 million to $5 million in annual funding.

Sanders heard from a range of experts in the field who said that stepping up efficiency efforts and renewable like solar and wind can generate thousands of jobs in Vermont in the coming decade.

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