Efficiency & Electrification

The 2023 Affordable Heat Act: What to Know

The 2023 legislative session is well underway with an unprecedented slate of new legislators in the State House, and a clear commitment from legislators and legislative leadership in both the House and Senate that climate action is a top priority. After a frustrating failure to override a veto by a single vote in the House …

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Transportation Infrastructure, Alternatives, & What’s Next

As we move towards an electrified transportation future, it’s important to remember that not everybody wants, needs, or can afford a personal electric vehicle – and we can and must do far more to give Vermonters viable alternatives to driving cars and trucks everywhere they need to go. One of the best ways to tackle …

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Electrifying Transportation and Moving away from Single Occupancy Gas-powered Vehicles

As Vermont continues to work toward a notable reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions, we’re going to need to make a big transition away from gas-guzzling cars to cleaner modes of transportation. The good news is the 2022 legislative session in Vermont closed with significant investments in sustainable transportation that will help expand Vermonters’ options …

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$35 Million to Support Electrification Incentives, Load Management and Storage, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure

As Vermont works to tackle the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions, more and more residents will need access to affordable, reliable, and accessible clean electricity. Fortunately, this legislative session brought $35 million for electrification – primarily for low- and moderate-income Vermonters – that will broadly support our state’s continued transition away from fossil fuels …

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$80 million in Weatherization Investments Bring Greater Access and Affordability for Low- and Moderate-Income Vermonters

This legislative session brought massive, historic investments totaling $80 million for low- and moderate-income Vermonters interested in weatherizing their homes. The last decade has seen dramatic improvements in how we insulate buildings—weatherization means adding insulation and air sealing crucial areas of a building to better maintain temperature, control moisture, keep pests and pollutants out, and …

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New Program Funds Community Weatherization & Cleaner Heat for Vermont Communities

Vermont communities interested in reducing their energy bills and cutting climate pollution have something to celebrate. H.518, the Municipal Energy Resilience Initiatives bill is now law, setting the stage for $45 million in federal Covid-19 relief dollars to flow to municipalities for investments in weatherization, switching to super-efficient cold climate heat pumps or other clean …

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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 the COVID-19 crisis in a …

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Vermont Electric Vehicle Incentives Update

In Vermont, transportation now contributes 45% of our total climate pollution. In order to meet our emissions reduction goals, we need to get an estimated 90,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025 – Vermont has slightly more than 3,500 today.[1] If we want to get serious about our climate commitments, we must focus …

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VTrans announces new electric vehicle incentives

This week, Vermont’s Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced the launch of a new statewide electric vehicle (EV) incentive program as legislatively mandated through a VPIRG-backed provision in the 2019 Transportation Bill. This new incentive program will help low to moderate income Vermonters make the much-needed transition from internal combustion engines to cleaner vehicles, helping to …

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Wondering if you’re eligible for weatherization incentives?

Weatherization is one of the most effective ways for Vermonters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Home heating contributes to a third of our energy consumption, and weatherization ensures that residents are not wasting a dime because of leaky homes or lackluster insulation. And while weatherization saves homeowners far more money over time than it costs, …

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