March 16, 2014
Despite overwhelming public support for renewable energy like wind and solar, opponents are now attempting to put up barriers to clean energy development in the state. VPIRG opposes a bill (S.201) that would make it significantly harder for Vermont to transition to a clean energy future and meet the goals laid out in our state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP).
Add your name to the petition urging VT Senators to support clean energy and oppose S.201!
November 26, 2013
Comment and Debate: Wind is benign, renewable alternative
Reprinted from The Burlington Free Press
Nov. 25, 2013 10:06 PM
Dylan Zwicky of Burlington is a clean energy associate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
As long as we continue to use energy, Vermonters should expect some debate over where that energy comes from. The current public dialogue concerning the siting of energy generating facilities in Vermont is an important one, especially given the context of worsening climate change.…
November 18, 2013
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Paul Burns, who is the executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
NOV. 17, 2013
About a month ago, the Los Angeles Times newspaper announced that it would no longer publish letters to the editor that suggest that there is no sign that humans have caused climate change. The rationale of the newspaper’s letters editor was simple: “Letters that have an untrue basis … do not get printed.” Unfortunately, here in Vermont, that same commitment to truth doesn’t hold for all media outlets.…
June 14, 2013
The grand opening of Vermont’s newest wind farm, Georgia Mountain Community Wind, was celebrated by VPIRG director, Paul Burns, and a number of volunteer, interns, and staff. The project consists of four 2.5 MW turbines in Milton and Georgia and all power has been purchased by Burlington Electric Department. When operating at peak capacity, the project will produce enough electricity to supply 8% of BED’s energy needs.
Read more about the event in Milton Independent’s story online: Georgia Wind Welcomes Visitors.…
May 20, 2013
In one of the key votes of the legislative session, senators voted 16-14 to strip the most offensive provisions out of the anti-renewable energy bill – S.30. At different points, this legislation would have blocked wind, solar and other renewable energy sources of various sizes.
Had it passed as its sponsors intended, it would have represented a major retreat from Vermont’s commitment to clean energy. With a clear majority of Vermonters demanding more clean energy, not less, VPIRG and our allies worked with Sen.…
May 5, 2013
Packing an auditorium on the season’s first beautiful Saturday isn’t an easy task. That is unless you’ve organized five fantastic panelists—including Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders—and spent weeks recruiting the state’s top clean energy activists and their friends.
Fortunately, that’s why VPIRG’s event was such a success. The hundred-plus citizen activists who attended heard riveting personal testimonials from fellow Vermonters who’d visited the destruction in West Virginia coal country; they got a basic economics lesson on the innovative ideas revolutionizing how our European counterparts do local clean energy; they had their questions answered by the Senior Attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based Natural Resources Defense Council and local experts from the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC).…
March 14, 2013
Legislation that would make it more difficult to build renewable energy projects in Vermont could make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote next week. Groups interested in preserving the state’s natural resources and promoting cleaner alternatives to polluting fossil fuels and other dirty energy sources expressed their opposition to S.30 today, and urged senators to vote against the bill unless it is revamped substantially.
New poll shows massive public support for wind power in Vermont: Support goes up when it’s in the neighborhood
February 26, 2013
A new poll released today by the Castleton Polling Institute continues to show overwhelming public support for building renewable wind energy turbines on Vermont ridgelines. In fact, the support for building wind actually increased from 66 percent to 69 percent when the question was specifically asking about wind power being developed in your community.
January 31, 2013
VPIRG Director Paul Burns comments on the recent release of Energize Vermont’s Clean Energy Plan.
January 28, 2013
On Monday, VPIRG’s Executive Director, Paul Burns, joined Senator Sanders to publicly oppose rolling back Vermont’s commitment to building clean energy projects in-state.