VT Climate Action Plan Released

Today, the Vermont Climate Council adopted the state’s first-ever Climate Action Plan to meet statutorily required climate pollution reduction targets – a big step towards getting our act together as a state to meet the urgency of the climate crisis. Read the full Plan by clicking here and find the…

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Priorities for Vermont Climate Action

We are deeply grateful for the work of the Vermont Climate Council, which has put in an immense amount of effort towards creating a Climate Action Plan for the state – the first draft of which is due on December 1st of this year. Members of the Council, subcommittees, and…

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Tell the Scott Administration: No Dirty Energy Deals for Global Foundries!

GlobalFoundries, the largest electricity user in Vermont, is working on a deal with the Scott Administration to become a “self-managed utility,” cutting off its reliance on Green Mountain Power for electricity. In doing so, GlobalFoundries is declaring it should be exempt from the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.…

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The VT Climate Council wants to hear from YOU!

The December deadline for the Vermont Climate Action Plan is fast approaching, and the Vermont Climate Council wants your input!  VPIRG members came out in force this past week to attend the Council’s in-person hearings at state parks across Vermont. If you were able to attend in person, thank you…

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Utilities Should be Treated as Utilities

GlobalFoundries, the largest electricity user in Vermont, recently filed for permission from the Public Utility Commission to become a “self-managed utility,” cutting off its reliance on Green Mountain Power for electricity – and requesting special treatment no other company or ratepayer in the state gets in the process.   One of the managers of the facility put it this way, “We…

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Tell the Scott Administration: Support Equitable TCI-P!

VPIRG members have been pushing for an equitable, substantial Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) for several years. We believe a well-designed program can boost our economy, reduce climate emission, and address inequities in our transportation systems.  In December 2020, a bipartisan group of governors and mayors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the…

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Climate Investment is Critical – Let Your Senator Know!

Right now, the Vermont State Senate is considering how to invest the over $1 billion in federal stimulus funds the American Rescue Plan is delivering to Vermont. We need to make sure that they understand Vermonters see climate action investments as critical to our state’s ability to build back from…

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Scott Admin Announces Recovery Funds Proposal

Late yesterday, Gov. Phil Scott released his proposal for the over $1 billion in funds Vermont will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. Included in his proposal is $200 million over the next four years in energy affordability and climate investments. This is an important down payment on the…

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Governor’s 2021 Budget Bodes Well for Climate Goals

Last week, Governor Scott delivered his annual budget address. We’re happy to see that the Governor supports many of the programs spelled out in the Transportation Modernization Act. He also proposed a significant increase in weatherization funding and other climate initiatives. The Governor’s proposals and the Transportation Modernization Act provide…

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