Turning on your lights, getting to work, staying warm in the winter – these are energy needs shared by all Vermonters.
VPIRG is working to shift away from dirty energy and towards clean alternatives. We all know the costs of dirty energy – global warming, health risks, air and water pollution, and an unstable economic future. On top of all that, Vermonters send nearly $2 billion out of our local economy every year to pay for fossil fuels, money we could keep working in our state.
The good news is, we have better options available now. To help create a better Vermont for our kids and grandkids, and save Vermonters money today, VPIRG is working to ensure the continued growth of wind and solar in Vermont, improve and expand our clean energy programs, and secure funding for heating efficiency. We’re also educating Vermonters about the many options they have available right now to cut their energy bills and carbon pollution, from weatherization to cold climate heat pumps to solar power.
It’s not enough, though, just to advance clean energy. We also need to say “no” to dirty energy – we simply can’t afford to keep building new fossil fuel infrastructure. On this front, we’re working to stop the proposed fracked-gas pipeline in Addison County and remain vigilant for any attempt to pump tar sands oil through Vermont. We’re also doing what we can to ensure a prompt, thorough cleanup of Vermont Yankee.
Recent Energy News
Environmental, climate, and sustainable business groups joined together this week to express grave concern over proposed changes to net metering, the program that allows Vermonters to choose renewable energy. The diverse organizations are urging the Public Service Board to reconsider its proposed rule as it undermines the State’s commitment to help Vermonter’s increase their self-reliance ...Read More
Late last night the legislature passed a fixed version of the energy siting bill (S.230) previously vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The new bill (S.260) made four simple clarifications necessary to address the governor’s concerns. VPIRG supports this bill. It will empower towns and regions to take a greater role, and get a greater say, in ...Read More
VPIRG supports Gov. Shumlin’s veto of the energy siting bill (S.230) and we strongly encourage legislators to fix the bill and send it back to the governor this week. We favor the bill that legislators thought they were voting for when they passed it overwhelmingly on the last night of the session. VPIRG wants to see ...Read More
Friday evening, after a flurry of back and forth negotiations between the House and the Senate – S.230, the energy siting bill, finally passed and is heading to the governor’s desk. The result is a bill that will do a lot to empower towns to take on a greater role in Vermont’s clean energy transition while ...Read More
It’s been a crazy few months here at VPIRG, with our advocates have been hard at work in the State House day after day and our team of field organizers doing an incredible job hitting the phones, organizing events, meeting with activists, and having the face-to-face conversations that truly drive our work. Here are just a ...Read More
On a cool, sunny Thursday at the end of April—over 500 students from across the state marched from the Vermont College green and through town to the Statehouse Lawn as part of the largest youth climate rally in Vermont history. As they marched, the students chanted “no more coal, no more oil, keep the carbon in ...Read More
S.230 – the energy siting reform bill – passed the Senate late Thursday on a 22 – 3 vote, but not before several significant battles and revisions on the Senate floor. The final result is a still-promising bill that contains some serious flaws. VPIRG, along with our supporters and allies, will need to work to improve S.230 ...Read More
The next few days will be very important in the ongoing effort to move Vermont toward clean, renewable energy and protect and build on the over 16,000 clean energy jobs in Vermont. S.230, an energy siting reform bill, passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on a 5-0 vote and is expected to ...Read More