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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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Governor Scott And A Minority Of Lawmakers Stymie Climate Progress

A Win For Big Oil And Keeping Vermonters Tethered To Polluting & Costly Heating Systems After the Vermont House narrowly failed to override the Governor’s veto of the Clean Heat Standard (H.715) on a 99-51 vote,  Vermont has once again delayed essential climate progress. The Clean Heat Standard – a performance-based approach that would require …

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Vermont House Advances Critical Climate Initiative: The Clean Heat Standard

Yesterday, the Vermont House of Representatives advanced H.715, the Clean Heat Standard, with an incredibly strong vote of 96 to 44 on second reading. It will be voted on in the House one more time on Thursday before moving to the State Senate. The Clean Heat Standard – the single largest pollution-reduction plank of the …

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Clean Heat Standard Passes Out of Committee

Recently, after weeks of heated testimony the House Energy and Technology Committee approved a new “clean heat standard” program on a 7-2 vote. This bill, H.715, is the most consequential piece of climate legislation being debated in Vermont this session. Heating accounts for over 30% of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, and reforms in this sector …

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The Vermont legislature went big on climate action. Here are the details.

The Vermont legislature wrapped up its 2021 session Friday, and it was one for the history books. One big winner? Action on the climate crisis. We’ll be sharing a full recap of the legislative session soon, but first we wanted to share some highlights from the state budget. In the middle of a pandemic unlike …

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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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VT House Votes to Boost Low-Income Weatherization Funding

In a win for climate action, H.439, a bill to increase the funding of weatherization efforts in Vermont, passed the House and now moves onto the Senate. The bill increases the fuels tax by 2 cents a gallon, which will bring in an additional $4.5 million in revenue for weatherization projects for low income households. …

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Is Ethan Allen Institute Trying To Hide Its Climate Denying History?

The “Vermont Legislator Roll Call Profiles” published by the Ethan Allen Institute on Tuesday had at least one notable omission: the 25-5 roll call vote on Senate Resolution 7 recognizing climate change science. This omission leads us to ask, “What’s EAI afraid of?” The Ethan Allen Institute has a documented history of denying climate change …

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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 renewable power. RESET requires a …

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