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Montpelier seeks to become 'net zero' capital

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Montpelier is gearing up to be the first "net zero" capital city in the country.

Through a partnership with Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont and the Energy Action Network, the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee says its goal is to be completely green by 2030, meaning the city would generate all of its power through renewable energy resources.

"We can no longer wait for the federal government or international organizations to address the urgent problem of climate change. It's the responsibility of each of us acting individually and acting through our communities to address this problem we face as a society," said Montpelier Mayor John Hollar.

Initiatives for the net zero project include charging stations for electric vehicles, the use of heat pumps and a solar array installation at Green Mountain Power. The Energy Action Network says the majority of the funding will come from investments and finance. All involved with the project say they hope that net zero Montpelier will be an example for the rest of the country to follow.

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