Climate & Energy

2024 Legislative End of Session Update 

CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY  Climate Superfund Act (S.259)  Following a hugely successful summer of canvassing in support of making the world’s largest fossil fuel companies pay their fair share to Vermont for the cost of the climate crisis to our state – and a fall of building support for the idea with events in every …

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Vermont Senate Passes Modernized Renewable Energy Standard

On May 7, the Vermont Senate passed H.289, to modernize the Renewable Energy Standard and set Vermont on a path to delivering 100% renewable electricity across all the state’s utilities by 2035.  This would make Vermont only the second state to meet that critical benchmark, and would significantly increase the requirements for Vermont utilities to …

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Climate Superfund Act Passes Vermont Legislature, Heads to Governor Phil Scott

The Vermont Senate gave final approval today to landmark legislation that holds the largest fossil fuel companies financially accountable for a portion of the costs of climate change. On a voice vote, senators approved final passage of the Climate Superfund Act (S.259). Earlier this month, 106 of the 150 members of the House of Representatives …

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Vermont House Passes Modernized Renewable Energy Standard

The Vermont House of Representatives passed H.289 yesterday, to modernize Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard. The bill would put Vermont on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity across all the state’s utilities by 2035, which would make Vermont only the second state to meet that critical benchmark, and would significantly increase the requirements for Vermont utilities …

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Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee Advances S.259, the Climate Superfund Act:

Effort to Hold Big Oil Accountable Clears Key Hurdle A key legislative committee approved the Climate Superfund Act, S.259, today. With a unanimous, tripartisan vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced this landmark legislation. Sen. Dick Sears (Bennington), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee stated, “The Climate Superfund Act builds on Vermont’s long tradition of holding …

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The legislature is updating the Renewable Energy Standard. What does that mean?

In 2015, Vermont passed its Renewable Energy Standard, requiring Vermont electric utilities to provide 75% renewable electricity to their customers by 2032, of which 10% needed to be from smaller, newly-built renewables from here in Vermont.  Last week on a vote of 9-1 the House Environment and Energy Committee voted to pass H.289, the first …

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Summer Jobs for Change: VPIRG is Hiring for the 2024 Canvass

Apply below, or online today at www.vpirg.org/2024CanvassApp Do you care about the environment, climate justice and democracy? Do you want to make a difference in how Vermont responds to these issues, all while getting paid to travel VT, biking around the most scenic parts of the state, and camping with friends? If you answered yes, …

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2024 Legislative Priorities

VPIRG is pursuing action on multiple fronts in the 2024 legislative session. From climate to consumer protection and toxics to democracy, we’re seeking progress that will improve the lives of Vermonters and demonstrate leadership at a time when that is sorely needed.    CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY  Make Big Oil Pay – Climate Change Superfund  Climate …

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The Climate Crisis is Here – And Big Oil Must Pay for it.

As flood waters recede and Vermonters begin to rebuild, two things are becoming clear.   Disasters like these are extraordinarily expensive. The costs to repair damage to homes and infrastructure will be astronomical, not to mention the destruction of priceless memories, heirlooms, and lives.  And second, this was not a fluke. Not too long ago, storms …

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Polling Shows Vermonters Overwhelmingly Support Affordable Heat

At the close of the 2023 legislative session, the Vermont Legislature overrode Governor Scott’s veto of the Affordable Heat Act (S.5), capping a 2 year effort with a victory for Vermonters and the climate. S.5 requires the Public Utility Commission to design a program to require fossil fuel importers to offer Vermonters incentives and up-front …

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