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Plan to make Vt. buildings more energy efficient

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Gov. Peter Shumlin rolled out a plan Wednesday to make state buildings more energy efficient.

The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and annual energy usage by at least 5 percent with an investment of $8 million. The state currently spends about $14 million a year on energy bills. The money will be issued through a loan fund, which will then be repaid and reinvested into other projects over a 10-year period.

"We believe that energy is a great place to invest in energy improvements and renewable energy. This will have a return to taxpayers and create jobs without taking from any other programs," said Beth Pearce, D-Vt. Treasurer.

Many state buildings are currently undergoing construction to meet the new standards.

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