IBM Joins Vermont Energy Partnership

first_imgIBM Joins Vermont Energy PartnershipVermont’s Largest Employer Concerned About State’s Energy FutureIBM, Vermont’s largest employer, has joined the Vermont EnergyPartnership, a recently launched sizable and diverse coalition working toensure that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.The Vermont Energy Partnership, a recently-launched coalition of business, labor, and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity, announced today that IBM has joined the organization. With this addition, the Partnership, which was formally launched on January 31, now has 25 members. “The two key questions that should be asked about our power system are the ones most often ignored, ‘Will the lights go out and can we afford the bill?,'” said John O’Kane, government relations manager for IBM.”This is an issue that goes to the heart of preserving jobs and Vermont’squality of life. We need to take steps now to improve the cost andreliability of Vermont’s electricity supply. In doing so, we will be ableto make the state’s electricity costs more competitive for residents andbusineses, and attract companies to expand and re-locate to Vermont,” saidMr. O’Kane. Former Governor Tom Salmon, a founding member of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “IBM gets it. They understand that Vermont is at a critical crossroads. We can come together and address electricity issues now and help to ensure a promising future, or we can continue to neglect this exceedingly important public policy issue and invite potential calamity,” said Governor Salmon. Founded in 2005, the Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org(link is external) ) is a diverse group of business, labor, and community leaders working to ensure that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity, which is essential to maintaining the state’s quality of life and future prosperity. The Vermont Energy Partnership recognizes that it is imperative to address Vermont’s tremendous electricity challenges today, so that Vermont stays a great place to live and work.- 30 –last_img read more