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Vermont Statehouse has batteries to protect against outages

January 5, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier now has batteries that will provide power when the electricity goes out.

During times of peak electricity demand the batteries will help meet that need, reducing costs for Green Mountain Power, the utility behind the project, and its customers.

The project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, was announced Tuesday during a virtual news conference.

“I know many think clean energy must be more expensive, but the work done today shows not only can we reduce carbon emissions, but if we are strategic, we can also save money in the process,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement.

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The lithium ion module batteries were installed in the basement of the Statehouse where a fossil fueled generator from the 1960’s was once located.

Over a decade, the project is expected to save Vermont taxpayers $44,000 and another $18,000 for GMP customers while supplying clean backup power.