Volkswagen Settlement Funds: The Case for Electrification

Last week, VPIRG spoke to members of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the statehouse to outline the various pieces of the Volkswagen Settlements. Our Clean Energy Advocate, Kanika Gandhi, presented the group with a memo (see below) and described the state and federal level settlement outcomes. The caucus is pushing…

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Passed: Expanded appliance efficiency standards!

On May 22nd​, Gov. Scott signed H.410 – legislation that expands Vermont’s appliance efficiency standards. Gov. Scott listened to the voices of Vermonters, as well as the vast majority of the Vermont House of Representatives and State Senate, which passed the bill on tri-partisan votes of 137-4 and 25-4, respectively.…

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Efficiency VT Business Pilot Program Passed Into Law

On May 21st Gov. Scott signed H.739, which creates a three-year pilot program that allows Efficiency Vermont more flexibility in working with Vermont businesses on custom efficiency and energy saving programs. While it started as a reaction to the Scott Administration’s proposal to make significant cuts to efficiency programs, we…

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Updated: Efficiency Vermont pilot program for VT businesses passed into law!

Updated (5/29/18): Last week, Gov. Scott signed H.739 into law. Earlier today, the House and Senate passed H.739, a bill that creates a three year pilot program to give Efficiency Vermont more flexibility in working with some of the largest businesses in the state on custom efficiency and energy saving…

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UPDATED: Lawmakers advance appliance efficiency standards bill

Updated (5/10/18): This week, the Vermont legislature passed H.410, the expanded appliance efficiency standards and omnibus energy bill! This bill now heads to the governor’s desk. If he signs it, Vermonters could save nearly $17 million per year in energy costs by 2025 — simply thanks to more efficient appliances.…

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Bill to Expand Appliance Efficiency Standards Passes First Milestone

Last week, the House Committee on Energy & Technology passed H.410, the bill to expand appliance efficiency standards to products that are not currently covered at the Federal level. The bill passed 7-1 with tripartisan support (see below for the full vote count). The standards included in H.410 would save…

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Bill introduced to use VW settlement money for electrification

On January 23, Rep. Mary Sullivan (D-Chittenden-6-5) introduced legislation (H.682) that limits the use of VW funds to electrification projects, including installing charging stations around Vermont, electrifying school and transit buses, and electrifying medium and large trucks. Rep. Sullivan was joined by 40 of her colleagues as cosponsors on the…

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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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