Over 1400 Vermonters Petition for Strong Net Metering Program

VPIRG delivered a petition signed by 1412 Vermonters to the Public Service Board on Monday in support of keeping Vermont’s net metering program strong. The petition asked the Board to address the concerns as raised by VPIRG, VNRC, Vermont Conservation Voters and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility in their July…

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S.230 Fixed!

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,…

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Energy Siting Bill Passes!

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…

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Energy Siting Bill Clears Senate

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,…

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Senate Considering Energy Siting Bill

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…

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Vermont Enviros Unite Around Solar

Vermont’s leading environmental organizations joined forces Tuesday to highlight the many environmental and economic benefits solar power provides to Vermonters. The event took place at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, where participants highlighted Vermont’s recent successes bringing clean and low-cost solar power to many homes and businesses. Vermonters’ enthusiastic…

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Energy Program Update

There are two months left in the 2015 legislative session and VPIRG has been working diligently this year on a number of big energy issues. Here is a short update of where those issues stand: The carbon pollution tax: Since January, we’ve been working to build support with legislators, educate…

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House Overwhelmingly Approves Renewable Energy Bill

This afternoon, the Vermont House voted overwhelmingly to approve The Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation Program (H.40). H.40 is a critical piece of legislation that would put Vermont in line 29 other states, including every state in the New England region, in requiring electric utilities to provide customers with…

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More Energy Efficiency Cuts on the Table

On Tuesday the Vermont House is set to cast their final vote on a critical renewable energy bill (H.40), which would require Vermont utilities to provide their customers with renewable power. VPIRG expects a move to cut part of the bill that would get new help to over 85,000 Vermont…

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