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Renewable Energy group sets 7-year-goal

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A group that represents Vermont's renewable energy businesses wants the state to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

On Tuesday, the board of directors of Renewable Energy Vermont laid out the goal of "20 by 2020" at the organization's annual conference in South Burlington.

Vermont currently gets about 11 percent of its total energy from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or biomass.

The group's board chair Martha Staskus says the effort to reach the goal will create jobs and reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Vermont's long-term energy plan calls for the state to get 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

To meet the 2020 goal, would require a combination of expanding sources of renewable energy and savings.

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