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>>> AND GOOD MORNING, OUR
NEWSMAKER IS GREEN MOUNTAIN
POWER CEO MARY POWELL AND
NEIGHBORS SARA AND MARK.


>> WE'LL TALK ABOUT A NEW
PROGRAM THAT GAVE THEM
ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKE OVER.
AND ALSO THE U.S. ENERGY
SECRETARY.


>> GREAT PROGRESS BEING
MADE.
CERTAINLY ON A PER CAPITA
BASIS THERE.
I UNDERSTAND A LOT OF PLANS
TO DO A LOT MORE.


>> WHEN IT COMES TO GOLD,
U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY SAYS
THE MODEL CITY IS RIGHT ON
TRACK.
HE TOURED THE ENERGY HOME ON
THE FUTURE ON FRIDAY.


>> IT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE.
THINGS HAPPENED SO QUICKLY
BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN
FANTASTIC.


>> THEIR HOUSE FILLED WITH
VISITORS INCLUDING STATE AND
NATIONAL LEADERS IS THE
LATEST EXCITEMENT AT THE
HOME.
GREEN POWER INITIATIVE HAD
THEM UPROOTED FROM THEIR
HOME RIGHT WHEN HE GAVE IT
ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES.


>> THE LIGHTING WHICH WILL
SAVE HUNDREDS AND MAKE THE
HOME MORE EFFICIENT.


>> AND SOLAR PANELS ADDING
TO THEIR HOME WON'T JUST
SAVE ENERGY BUT CREATE JOBS.
THEY SAY IS A CHECK MODEL
FOR VERMONT AND BEYOND.


>> THE GOAL IS TO DO AS MUCH
OF THIS AS WE CAN AND USE
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE AS A
MODEL FOR AMERICA.


>> HE AGREES.


>> I WAS IMPRESSED TO LEARN
THAT THE PROJECTS HERE ARE
NOW BELOW 2 DALLAS A WATT
AND THAT MEANS GREAT RATES.


>> ONE HOME IN RUTLAND IS AN
ECONOMIC MODEL IN THE
COUNTRY AND ONE STEP FOR
RUTLAND TO BE THE SOLAR
CAPITAL OF NEW ENGLAND.


>> WELCOME TO ALL THREE OF
YOU, MARY, LET'S START WITH
YOU.
THIS IS PILOT PROJECT CALLED
E-HOME.
YOU PLAN TO DO 99 MORE OF
THESE IN RUTLAND COUNTY?


>> ABSOLUTELY.
IT'S SO NICE TO BE HERE WITH
A MARK AND SARA TO BE ON THE
SHOW TO TALK ABOUT WHAT
WE'VE DONE.
WE ARE SO PLEASED WITH THE
WORK AND EXTEND THIS TO 99
MORE HOMES.
IT'S PARTED AGAIN ACHIEVING
THE SOLAR CAPITAL THE GOAL
WE SET FOR RUTLAND, IT'S
REALLY ABOUT THE ENERGY
TRANSFORMATION WE SEE IN THE
FUTURE AND THE ABILITY, WE
HOPE AND THE WORK WE'RE
DOING TO HELP HOMEOWNERS CON
VETERAN TO A MUCH MORE
ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE
FUTURE AS WELL AS ONE THAT
INCLUDES SOLAR, TECHNOLOGY
AND LOTS OF EFFICIENCY.


>> WHO IS PAYING FOR IT?


>> REALLY, THE MODEL HERE IS
THAT THE HOMEOWNER AND IN
THIS CASE THE PEOPLE THAT
LIVE THERE HOE TO ACHIEVE
THE ENERGY MAKEOVER.
THEY TOOK IT ON A
SIGNIFICANT LOAN AS PART OF
THIS, BUT THE SAVINGS BOTH
ON THE ELECTRIC SIDE AS WELL
AS THE FOSSIL FUEL SIDE WILL
HELP OFFSET THE COST OF THAT
LOAN.
AND FOR THE FIRST HOME WE
PUT A LITTLE CAPITAL
OURSELVES BECAUSE WE ARE
LEARNING FROM THAT AND HOW
WE CAN BRING IT TO OTHER
CUSTOMERS.


>> AND FOOTING THE BILL?


>> NOT JUST THIS ONE TIME.
WE LEARNED A LOT.
I THINK YOU GUYS DID, TOO.
WE LEARNED A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT THROUGH THIS PROCESS.
WE FOUND SOMETHING WE CAN
WORK EVEN MORE EFFECTIVELY
WITH THE INCREDIBLE PARTNERS
THAT WE HAVE AND WITH THE
SOLAR PROVIDERS AND BRINGING
IT ALTOGETHER WE FOUND WAYS
THATCAN DRIVE DOWN THE COSTS
FURTHER.
IT REALLY SHOULD BE
ULTIMATELY WE ARE SEEING IT
AS A WAY TO PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL VALUE TO
CUSTOMERS IN THE FUTURE THAT
WORKED FOR THEIR BOTTOM LINE
AND ALSO WORKS FOR ALL OF
OUR CUSTOMERS BOTTOM LINE.


>> SARA RA AND MIKE, TALK
ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHTS BUT
TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES
YOU'VE SEEN AS PART OF THIS.


>> I THINK WE HAVE HAD A
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF CHANGE
IN THE HOUSE.
IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING
BECAUSE OUR HOME IS 94 YEARS
OLD.
YOU KNOW, IT IS A
94-YEAR-OLD HOME BUT WITH
ALL THESE MODERN AMENITIES.
I THINK CERTAINLY WE FOUND
MORE COMFORT.
WE'RE NOT USING AS MUCH HEAT
OR ENERGY BEFORE.
WITH THE TECHNOLOGY, MY
CELLPHONE EVEN CAN CONTROL
THINGS OUTSIDE OF THE HOME.


>> SO COULD YOU TURN OFF THE
LIGHTS IN YOUR HOME RIGHT
NOW?


>> YES, WE HAVE CONTROL OF
IT.


>> WE HAVE THE THERMOSTAT.
WE CAN DO THAT.
THERE ARE FEW DIFFERENT APPS
WE CAN TRY OUT.
THE POWER APP IS PRETTY COOL
BECAUSE IT HAS THE ABILITY
TO SHOW HOW MUCH ENERGY YOU
ARE USING AT THE MOMENT.
IT CAN BE MORE SPECIFIC AND
YOU CAN LOOK THROUGH THE
START PARTS AND SEE HOW MUCH
ENERGY THE APPLIANCE IS
USING AND TURN THEM ON AND
OFF, AS WELL.
THE THERMOSTAT SO THE OIL
HEAT CAN BE CONTROLLED BY
THAT PARTICULAR APP.
WE HAVE ANOTHER APP HOOKED
TO OUR HEATED PUMPS SO I CAN
DO THAT, AS WELL.
I CAN BE AT SCHOOL AND
DECIDE IT'S GETTING TOO
WARM.


>> WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT, THE
FACT THAT YOU CAN GO TO WORK,
I SHOULD HAVE TURNED THE
HEAT DOWN THIS MORNING.
IT DOESN'T NEED TO THAT BE
WARM.
BEFORE YOU ARE HEADING HOME
OR YOU KNOW THE KIDS ARE
HEADING HOME FROM SCHOOL YOU
CAN TURN IT BACK UP.
THAT IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE
EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE SEE THE
CONVENIENCE AND THE COMFORT
IS INCREASED BUT ALSO THE
COSTS.
YOU CAN MANAGE IT FROM A
DISTANCE FROM THIS
TECHNOLOGY.


>> MARK, HAVE YOU SEEN ANY
SAVINGS YET.
WE SAVED THIS MUCH?


>> WE HAD JUST A COUPLE
BILLING CYCLES.
FOR THOSE TWO WE STILL HAD A
LOT OF PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF
OUR HOUSE.
SO WE USED A SOME
ELECTRICITY BUT WE BELIEVE
THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT
SAVINGS FOR US.


>> WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO
THIS?
WHAT WAS THE I AM PE TUESDAY
BEHIND THE THIS OTHER GMP
APPROACHED YOU?


>> GMP APPROACHED US, THIS
IS SOMETHING THEY WANTED TO
DO.
SARA GOT A PHONE CALL AND
SAID THE MAYOR HAD
RECOMMENDED US AS A FAMILY
FOR THE PROJECT.
GREEN MOUNT POWER CALLED US
AND SAID WOULD YOU BE
WILLING TO DO SOME CRAZY
STUFF WITH YOUR HOME, LIKE
CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
STUFF.
WE SAID SURE.
THEY CAME OVER THE NEXT DAY.
WE TALKED ABOUT IT.
FROM THAT POINT ON,
EVERYTHING SEEMED TO JUST
KEEP FALLING INTO PLACE.


>> DID YOU HAVE TO MOVE OUT?


>> CERTAIN PORTIONS OF
PROCESS WERE MORE DIFFICULT
THAN OTHERS.
THERE WAS WEEK WHERE MY
DAUGHTERS AND I MOVED IN
WITH MY MOM.
IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IT
WAS SO MINIMAL.


>> I STAYED IN THE HOUSE.
THERE WERE SEVERAL DAYS I
DIDN'T HAVE HOT WATER OR
THERE A FEW DAYS WHERE WE
HAD ONE OR TWO OUTLETS
WORKING IN THE HOUSE AND
EXTENSION CORDS RUNNING
AROUND BUT EVERYTHING HAD TO
BE MOVED.
EVERYTHING IN OUR HOUSE
MOVED.
WE MADE BIG PILES IN THE
ROOM SO ELECTRICIANS COULD
GET TO THE OUTLETS.
IT WAS A MAZE FOR QUITE SOME
TIME.


>> AND WE HAVE A
THREE-YEAR-OLD, A
FIVE-YEAR-OLD AND TWO OF
THEM, WITH ALL OF THE
COMMOTION, IT WAS COOL TO
HAVE ALL THESE ATTENTION.
ALL THESE PEOPLE IN THE
HOUSE.
IN THE PROCESS OF ALL OF THE
INDIVIDUALS IN AND OUT AND
WHATNOT, IT REALLY DIDN'T
DISRUPT BEYOND THAT ONE WEEK
I STAYED AT MY MOM'S.


>> WHY ARE THEY PUTTING
THEIR FOCUS THERE RIGHT NOW?


>> WE, A COUPLE YEARS AGO,
DECIDED WE REALLY WANTED TO
GO ABOUT MAKING RUTLAND THE
SOLAR CAPITAL OF NEW
ENGLAND.
WE SAW IT WAS A WAY OUR
CUSTOMERS WANTING US TO GO,
BUT WE ALSO SAW IT AS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO
TARGETING FROM ELECTRIC
PERSPECTIVE.
HAVING A LOT OF SOLAR POWER
IN RUTLAND HELPS IN THE GRID
PERSPECTIVE.
IT WAS A GOOD PLACE TO PUT A
LOT OF SOLAR IN TERMS OF
SUPPORTING THE GRID.
SO THAT MADE A LOT OF SENSE
FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE.
WE ALSO SAW IT AS TREMENDOUS
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH
WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A VERY
VIBRANT KIND OF CANDY CITY
IN THE STATE OF VERMONT, TO
UNDERGO A TRANSFORMATION.
WHAT IT QUICKLY BECAME FOR
US WASN'T JUST ABOUT SOLAR
CAPITAL BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY
PARTNERING SOCIOECONOMIC AND
ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSFORMATION.
AND THIS HOUSE BECAME AN
OUTGROWTH OF THAT STRATEGY
AS WE LAUNCHED THE ENERGY
INNOVATION CENTER SAYING,
HOW COULD WE PROVIDE A LOT
MORE VALUE TO PEOPLE IN
VERMONT AS THEY WANT TO MOVE
TO ANOTHER SOURCE OF ENERGY
THAT AGO DEGREE GATES ALL
THE WORK GOING ON?
WE HAVE THE SMART FOUNDATION
AND WE HAD ALL OF THE
NEIGHBOR WORKS AND GREAT
WORK GOING ON WITH VIC AND
THE LIGHTING AND LAUNCHED
THE HEAT PUMP PROGRAM THAT
HELPED THEM OFF OF OIL AND
PROPANE AND MOVE TO MORE
ECONOMICAL WAY TO HEAT AND
COOL THEIR HOME.
WE THOUGHT, WOW, THIS IS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO INNOVATE
ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS
TOGETHER IN A CITY THAT WE
FIND THINGS ARE CHANGING.
THERE IS EVASIVE
TRANSFORMATION BUT WE ARE
ENERGY GOALS WE SHOULD BE
ENERGY BUT WE ARE TARGETING
IT AND DOING IT IN A WAY
THAT PROVES IT CAN
CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO
SOCIOECONOMIC
TRANSFORMATION.


>> THAT WAS A MOUTHFUL.
[ LAUGHTER ]


>> SPECIFICALLY IN THIS AREA
WHERE YOU ARE STARTING THIS
PROJECT AS, AS YOU KNOW IT'S
BEEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WHERE YOU FOLKS LIVE.
THE HIGH CRIME RATE FOR THE
CITY OF RUTLAND, WAS THAT
ANOTHER COMPONENT.
DID YOU WORK WITH THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT?


>> ABSOLUTELY.
WE WORKED WITH THE MAYOR.
WE WORKED CHIEF BAKER.
IT ABSOLUTELY WAS PART OF
IT.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED
ABOUT, I KNOW A NUMBER OF
YEARS AGO IT WAS IN THE NEWS
THAT BILL GATES HAD
TRANSFORMED HIS HOME.
YEAH, THAT IS OBVIOUS BUT
MUCH MORE IMPORTANT IS TO
WORK WITH OUR CUSTOMERS
PARTICULARLY IN AN AREA
WHERE THE MAYOR AND CHIEF
BAKE ARE THOUGHT REALLY
WOULD HAVE THE GREATEST
IMPACT.
TO REALLY SHOW THIS KIND OF
TRANSFORMATION CAN REALLY
HELP OUR TYPICAL CUSTOMERS.
I THINK THAT ALSO WAS PART
OF IT FOR YOU GUYS, TOO.
WASN'T IT, MARK?
I HEARD YOU SAYING ABOUT
REALLY WANTING TO DO THIS A
LOCALITY AND YOUR PRIDE OF
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SEEING
THE INNOVATION IN THE PART
OF RUTLAND THAT WAS
IMPORTANT TO YOU.


>> SEPTEMBER 1st, 1999,
LATER ON WE BOUGHT THE HOME
AND CONVERTED IT BACK INTO A
ONE FAMILY HOME.
WHEN WE FIRST WERE TALKING
ABOUT IT THE FIRST NIGHT, I
WAS NERVOUS IN THE FACT, I
DON'T KNOW.
THIS IS PRETTY BIG CHANGE.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU
KNOW, WE WANT TO DO THIS.
WE WANT TO BE THE HOUSE IN
THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT STANDS
OUT, WE WANT TO SEE THE
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZED.
WE HAD THE BLOCK PARTY RIGHT
IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE.
THAT SEEMED TO BE VERY GOOD
ACTIVITY.
AS WE WERE PREPARING FOR
THIS, EVERYBODY IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD IS SEEING LOTS
OF CHANGE TO OUR HOUSE.
MY NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN
TALKING TO ME AND PEOPLE UP
THE STREET.
WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE
CURIOUS ABOUT IT.
AS WE WERE PREPARING FOR THE
VISIT FROM THE ENERGY
SECRETARY THERE AND TWO
SENATORS EVERYBODY IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY ALL
STARTED PITCHING IN.
THE NEIGHBOR UP THE
STREET -- SHE WAS, ACROSS
THE STREET MOWED THREE LAWNS.
THE NEIGHBOR NEXT-DOOR, HE
CAME OVER AND CLEANED UP THE
PROPERTY.
IF WE CAN BE THE HOME IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD THAT PEOPLE
LOOK AT, HEY, A SMALL FAMILY
CAN FIX UP A HOME IN THIS
NEIGHBORHOOD.
IF WE CAN DO IT, WE GET THE
NINE OR TEN OTHER HOMES IN
OUR COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE
START DOING A LITTLE HERE
AND THERE, I THINK THAT OUR
NEIGHBORHOOD WILL TURN
AROUND.
WE CERTAINLY HOPE IT WILL.


>> SO IS THE REST OF THE
NEIGHBORHOOD, AS FAR AS THE
99 OTHER HOMES, HAVE THEY
USED UP THE ALLOTMENT?


>> NO, WE WILL BE WORKING
AND HAD A BUNCH OF CUSTOMERS
REACHING OUT TO US.
IT WILL BE IN THE COUNTY AND
SOME HOMES IN THAT PART OF
RUTLAND WITHOUT A SHADOW OF
A DOUBT.
WE WILL BE GOING THROUGH A
PROCESS TO SELECT THE
CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT THE
COUNTY.
BACK TO YOUR POINT, THERE
WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING
THERE.
SO IT'S ONE OF THOSE UNIQUE
THINGS ABOUT THIS, IT
CREATES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.
JUST LIKE OUR AIR PUMP
PROGRAM WAS DOING ALREADY.
WE PROVIDE A PLOT POINT BUT
ALL THESE OTHER BUSINESSES
THAT PROVIDE ALL THOSE
DIFFERENT SERVICES DO THE
WORK.
I KNOW THE WORK WE'VE DONE
IN RUTLAND, I THINK RUTLAND
WAS ABOUT 70% OCCUPANCY AND
LAST NUMBER I HEARD WAS 96%
OCCUPANCY OF THE DOWNTOWN.
NUMBER OF THOSE BUSINESSES
ARE RELATED TO THE WORK WE
ARE DOING.
IT HAS CREATED ECONOMIC
ACTIVITY THAT SO MANY WANT
TO SEE CONTINUE TO SEE
REVITALIZATION.


>> THERE IS DEFINITELY A LOT
OF PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE.
I MEAN WE HAD FOUR OR FIVE
PLUMBERS AND FOUR OR FIVE
WEATHER GUYS AND FOUR OR
FIVE ELECTRICIANS.
AND POWER PEOPLE CAME OVER.
YOU DON'T MIND IF WE COME IN,
DO YOU?
WE SAID, NO.
AND EVERYTHING IS PILED IN
THE CENTER OF EVERY ROOM.
IT WAS JUST EVERYBODY IS
WALKING ALL OVER THE PLACE.
IT WAS PRETTY EXCITING.


>> WHAT IS THE MAIN
ATTRACTIONS?


>> WE HAVE HAD A LOT
COMMENTS ABOUT THE SOLAR
PANELS.
THERE SEEMS TO BE A
GENTLEMAN THAT LIVES ONE
BLOCK OVER, HE WALKS HIS
DOG.
HE IS CONSTANTLY SAYING,
THAT IS JUST A HUGE SOLAR
PANEL UP THERE.
THERE IS A LOT OF ENERGY OUT
OF THAT.
HE WAS TALKING TO THE OTHER
NEIGHBOR -- DO YOU SEE THAT
BIG SOLAR PANEL UP THERE?
IT'S BEEN EXILING.
A LOT OF PEOPLE I
ENCOUNTERED WANT TO KNOW
ABOUT THE HEAT PUMPS.
THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY
HAVE WORKED FOR US AND STUFF
LIKE THAT.


>> SO HOW MUCH DID YOU HAVE
TO TAKE OUT TO GET THIS DONE
AND I'LL ASK YOU, HOW LONG
BEFORE THEY SEE A RETURN ON
THAT INVESTMENT?


>> WE HAD TO TAKE A LOAN OF
$15,000.


>> HOW LONG BEFORE YOU MAKE
THAT BACK?


>> CALCULATIONS WE DID IS
CONSERVATIVE IN THE FIVE TO
SIX YEAR RANGE.
A LOT DEPENDS ON WEATHER AND
PRICES.
YOU WERE DEPENDENT ON OIL,
RIGHT?
SO THIS TRANSFORMATION AND
WE WENT TO THE MORE
EFFICIENT WATER HEATING
SYSTEM.
IT REALLY WAS TRANSFORMING
ABOUT EVERY ASPECT OF THE
ENERGY PROFILE.
FIVE TO SIX YEARS WITHOUT A
DOUBT.


>> WOULD THAT BE TYPICAL,
SAY A HOME INVESTS $15,000
IN THESE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
PROGRESS THE RETURN IS ABOUT
FIVE YEARS OR SO?


>> YES, I WOULD SAY IT
REALLY DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU
ARE DOING.
AGAIN, THERE ARE A LOT OF US
COULD OFF THE LIGHTING,
CERTAIN PARTS OF IT MAY HAVE
A LONGER PAY PA BACK PERIOD
OR LONGER PAY-BACK PERIOD
DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU HAD
BEFORE THE SYSTEM.
WHAT IS UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT
TO REMEMBER IN THE PERIOD OF
THE PAYBACK, IT'S NOT LIKE
THEY SHOULD BE PAYING MORE
THAN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN
PAYING ANYWAY.
IT'S NOT LIKE OTHER
INVESTMENTS I AM GOING TO
PAY EXTRA $200 A MONTH FOR
"X" AMOUNT OF TIME AND THEN
SEE THE BENEFIT.
IT SHOULD KEEP THE OVERALL
POCKET PRICE IN THE HOME
ABOUT WHERE IT WAS BEFORE
AND THEN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE
IT AFTER THIS TIME PERIOD.


>> HOW OLD WOULD A HOME HAVE
TO BE TO SEE THE BENEFITS
THEY SAW?


>> YOU HAD A 95-YEAR-OLD
HOME SO THERE WERE IN TERMS
OF INSULATION.
ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS,
THERE WAS A LOT OF INTERNAL
WIRING THAT NEEDED TO DONE.


>> WE HAD SOME REAL SAFETY
ISSUES IN WIRING IN THE
HOUSE.


>> ONE OF THE SIDE BENEFITS
NONE OF WERE EXPECTING THERE
WERE THESE SIGNIFICANT
SAFETY ISSUES THAT WE SOLVED
AND FIXED.
WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT GOING
INTO IT WE WOULD FIND THAT.
SO AGAIN WITH YOUR HOUSE
THERE WAS ELECTRICAL WIRING,
THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT
OF INSULATION WORK.
WE SEE THAT WITH EVERY HOME,
IT WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT
PROFILE.
WITH THIS HOUSING I WOULD
EXPECT THE SAME SORT OF
THING, WIRING ISSUES AND
ANTICIPATE A LOT IN
INSULATING THE HOME WHICH
WAS A BIG PART OF THE
MAKEOVER.


>> WHEN WE FIRST STARTED
THIS, MY FIRST PROJECT WAS
TO GET -- WE HAD ROLL OUT
INSULATION IN THE ATTIC.
THE FIRST DAY I STARTED, I
OPENED UP THE ATTIC WINDOW
AND I THREW ALL THE STUFF
OUT THE WINDOW.
THE WHOLE FRONT OF MY HOUSES
WAS INSULATION EVERYWHERE.
A NEIGHBOR CAME UP, I WOULD
LOVE THAT STUFF.
HE CAME AND TOOK IT.
IT WASN'T THAT OLD.
WE RECYCLED IT BACK INTO THE
NEIGHBORHOOD OF PEOPLE
THERE.


>> INSULATION WAS A BIG
PROBLEM.


>> IT REALLY WAS.


>> AFTER I TOOK THE
INSULATION OUT OF ATTIC, IT
WAS LIKE A DAY LATER, IT GOT
BELOW ZERO AND WE HAD DAYS
IN MARCH IT WAS BELOW ZERO.
WE USED A LOST FUEL OIL IN
THAT TIME FRAME, YEAH, I
TOOK THE INSULATION OUT OF
ATTIC AND WE GOT IT PUT BACK
IN.
IT WAS HUGE.
INSULATION IS HUGE.


>> IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE
WOULD THINK ON DAILY BASIS
NECESSARILY.
OUR DAUGHTER'S ROOM IS COLD
IN THE WINTER AND HOT IN THE
SUMMER.
THE GENTLEMAN CAME FROM
WEATHERIZATION WORKS AND IT
WAS KIND OF FUNNY.
HE SAID IT IS NOT GOOD.


>>> WELCOME BACK.
MARY, A LOT OF FOLKS ARE
PROBABLY WONDERING IS THIS
GOING TO BE STATEWIDE OR ARE
YOU FOCUSING ON RUT LACHBD
COUNTY?


>> WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE
COUNTY BUT ABSOLUTELY OUR
GOAL IS TO LEARN FROM THIS.
WE THINK THERE IS INCREDIBLE
VALUE THAT VERMONT POWER CAN
BRING TO OUR CUSTOMERS.
WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE LOTS
OF OTHER FAMILIES THAT HAVE
THIS EXPERIENCE AND HAVE US
BE THE ONE THAT REALLY
AGGREGATE ALL THESE
DIFFERENT ENERGY SOLUTIONS
THAT CUSTOMERS HAVE
AVAILABLE TO THEM.
BY BEING A SPECIAL SV IS AND
BRINGING IT ALTOGETHER.
YES, WE ARE HOPING TO
CONTINUE TO DO THAT WORK
WITH OUR TREMENDOUS
PARTNERS.


>> HOW IS THIS BENEFICIAL TO
GMP.
FOLKS ARE USING LESS POWER.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO
THAT?


>> WE SEE OUR VALUE IS TO BE
FOCUSED ON WHERE OUR
CUSTOMERS WANT TO GO.
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
SPEAK ABOUT THIS IN MANY
PLACES IN THE COUNTRY OVER
THE LAST FEW MONTHS.
AS YOU KNOW MANY UTILITIES
ARE RESISTING THE CHANGE
THEY ARE SEEING, CUSTOMERS
ASK A LOT ABOUT SOLAR
BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE
FINDING ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY, THEY WANT TO MOVE
TOWARDS SOLAR AND HAVING
MORE DIRECT CONTROL OVER
THEIR ENERGY.


>> SO BY MOVING IN THAT
DIRECTION AND PROVIDING
SOLUTIONS FOR OUR CUSTOMER
SAYS BEST OPPORTUNITY TO
FIND WAYS TO HAVE VALUE
STREAMS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS
AND BACK INTO THE ENTERPRISE
FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF
OUR CUSTOMERS.
JUST LIKE THE AIR SOURCE
HEAT PROGRAM, WE PROVIDE
GREAT VALUE TO THE CUSTOMERS
THAT WANT TO DO THAT AND
THERE IS A VALUE THAT COMES
BACK INTO GREEN MOUNTAIN
POWER THAT IS SHARED
PROVIDING THAT SERVICE.
THAT IS REALLY THE THING
THERE AND WE ARE WORKING ON
AND EXCITED ABOUT.
WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK
IN ADVANCING THE RAPID
ADAPTATION OF SOLAR.
WE SEE THIS AS THAT NEXT
EVEN MORE POWERFUL STEP
BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT
HELPING TO ADOPT SOLAR BUT
ACTUALLY ABOUT HELPING YOU
MAKE YOUR HOME MORE
ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE AND
MORE COMFORTABLE, SAFELY IN
THIS CASE AND CONVENIENT.
IN FACT, I STILL NEED ONE OF
THOSE CONTROLS FROM THE
OFFICE -- I LOVE THAT IDEA.


>> LET'S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER
PROJECT THAT GMP IS AT LEAST
IN TALKS ABOUT RIGHT NOW TO
WHERE TRANCE MAKES MIGS
LINES WOULD RUN ACROSS THE
LAKE TO THE ISLANDS FROM
NEW YORK USING IT.
WHERE IS THAT RIGHT NOW?
IS IT PART OF THE OVERALL
PICTURE IN GMP'S FUTURE?


>> GREAT QUESTION.
THERE IS A NUMBER OF
PROPOSALS AS YOU'VE SEEN TO
BUILD TRANSMISSION.
TO BRING RENEWABLE RESOURCES,
WHETHER CANADIAN HYDROPOWER
IN THIS CASE I THINK IT
WOULD BE WING POWER AND
VERMONT AND OTHER MARKETS.
FROM A PORTFOLIO PERSPECTIVE,
GREEN MOUNTED POWER IS IN A
GOOD POSITION.
EE ARE NOT LOOKING IN WAYS
OF POWER PROCUREMENT.
IF THERE WERE A REALLY GOOD
DEAL OR PROJECT IN TERMS OF
THE PORTFOLIO WE WOULD LOOK
AT IT.
WE'RE IN A GOOD POSITION.
WE ALSO DO SEE A BIG PART OF
OUR FUTURE IS WORKING WITH
CUSTOMERS TO MOVE TOWARDS
DISTRIBUTED GENERATION
RESOURCES.
THAT SAID IT IS AN
INTERESTING TIME.
IN THE POWER BUSINESS AND
NUMBER OF PROJECTS.
MY VIEW IS CANDIDLY THAT
VERMONT IS IN A GOOD
POSITION.
WE SHOULD JUST WAITED TO SEE
WHAT DEVELOPS.
WAIT TO SEE WHAT WOULD
PRESENT THE BEST VALUE
PROPOSITION FOR VERMONTERS
AND OUR CUSTOMERS, WHETHER
IT BE THAT PROJECT OR OTHER
PROJECT THAT IS BEING
PROPOSED OR ANOTHER
TRANSMISSION PROJECT.


>> YOU SAID GMP IS IN GOOD
POSITION.
BACK IN DECEMBER YOU TOLD
THE PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD
THAT NO RATE HIKES FOR THE
NEXT TWO YEARS.
IS THAT STILL THE CASE?


>> YEAH, WE SAID NO RATE
LIKES FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS
BUT WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF
NEGOTIATING 2015 RATES WHICH
WAS FILED AS ZERO.
BETWEEN THE PROCESS WE ARE
GOING THROUGH AND THE FACT
THAT AS YOU KNOW, MADE A
PAYMENT FOR THE REVENUE
SHARING AGREEMENT.
THINK WE WILL BE LOOKING AT
SOME FORM OF DECREASE FOR
THE CUSTOMERS.
THE NEWS IS ACTUALLY GETTING
BETTER.


>> THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING
US.


>> THANKS FOR WATCHING.
WE'LL SEE YOU S
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