VPIRG Signs On to Transportation Electrification Accord

In November 2017, VPIRG signed onto the Transportation Electrification Accord along with a broad array of organizations and businesses committed to an equitable, prosperous and electrified transportation future. Among other principles, the Accord recognizes that electric vehicles (both light duty and heavy duty) can “advance economic development, create jobs, provide grid…

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Vermont Energy Innovation Program: 2018 Utility Plans

As part of the Vermont Energy Innovation Program (aka Tier III), each electric utility is required to file a plan indicating how they will meet the goals of the upcoming year. Below you can find the full 2018 plans for each Vermont utility: Vermont Electric Coop: VEC Energy Innovation Program…

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VPIRG Comments on Report on Energy Storage for Vermont

The Vermont Legislature passed Act 53 in 2017, which required the Department of Public Service to submit a report on energy storage to the Legislature by November 15 (see Sec. 22). The report covers the costs and benefits of energy storage as well as recommendations for how to encourage the…

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VPIRG Testimony to Joint Energy on Volkswagen Settlement Funds

On November 2, the Joint Energy Committee held a hearing on the Volkswagen Settlement, and how the funds should be used in Vermont. VPIRG’s Clean Energy Advocate, Sarah Wolfe, testified in support of using the funds for replacing diesel school buses with electric school buses, along with supporting charging stations…

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Wind Sound Rules Approved by LCAR

On Thursday, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) voted 5-2 to approve the rules governing wind sound as proposed by the Public Utility Commission (PUC), imposing a sound restriction of 39 decibels at night and 42 during the day. This rule will likely make it impossible for any large…

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Commission Rejects Scott Administration’s Proposed Efficiency Cut

On Friday, July 7th, the Public Utility Commission (PUC), formerly known as the Public Service Board, rejected the Scott Administration’s recommendation of an 8% cut to Efficiency Vermont’s budget. Instead, they chose to adopt the recommendation put forth by the organization that runs Efficiency Vermont, the Vermont Electric Investment Company…

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Update on Wind Sound Proceeding

In May 2017, the Public Service Board issued a final proposed rule on sound from wind turbines. Unfortunately, they chose to ignore the clear evidence and issue a rule that, if approved, will functionally take wind off the table as a viable resource here in Vermont. VPIRG has been involved…

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New Solar Energy FAQ

Last month, in response to all of the questions, comments, and conversations we were having about wind power, we released a Wind FAQ page on our website.  We’ve since been receiving a lot of positive feedback about the page and many of our members have found the information both helpful…

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