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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Letter: Details Are Important in Energy Policy

Op-Ed: Opposition Must Consider Facts  Reprinted from The Addison Independent December 23, 2014 Dylan Zwicky of Burlington is a Clean Energy Associate for VPIRG and a native of Addison County.  Details are important when discussing energy policy, especially when it comes to our state’s future. That’s why I was so concerned…

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VPIRG Statement On the Closing of Vermont Yankee

It’s possible that no single issue has received more attention from VPIRG staff, activists and attorneys over the past 42 years than Vermont Yankee. In fact, VPIRG was founded in 1972, the same year that Vermont Yankee came online. From the beginning, VPIRG has advocated for less costly and more…

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VPIRG Statement on Fracked Gas Pipeline Cost Increases

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Gas Systems today announced the second massive cost overrun in just six months for Phase 1 of its proposed fracked gas pipeline project.  Project costs have risen almost 80 percent over original estimates for Phase 1 alone. In July, the Phase 1 price tag rose from…

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Energy Co-Op of Vermont Offers Heat Pump Deal

Energy Co-Op of Vermont has announced that they will lease cold climate heat pumps. Cold climate heat pumps are a game-changing technology that can help Vermonters cut their dependence on fossil fuels and reduce home-heating costs. For more, check out this story on VT Digger.  

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