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Shumlin Disappointed in Energy Grid Decision

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's disappointed that the operator of the region's electric grid decided to scale back renewable energy production during peak energy demand caused by the recent heat wave.

In a letter to the president and CEO of ISO New England, Shumlin criticizes the grid operator's decision to increase output from coal and oil power plants while scaling back renewable energy production. He says the decision runs counter to the state of Vermont's policies, which are aimed at increasing production of clean, local, renewable energy, such as wind power.

Shumlin also called upon ISO New England to partner with states to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrate renewables into the regional grid.

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