Despite Bold Targets, VT’s Climate Pollution Continues to Rise

Vermont seems to take climate change seriously. Our legislature set goals to significantly reduce global warming pollution, and we declared “We’re Still In” after Trump abandoned the Paris Climate Accord. And yet Vermont’s climate pollution has increased 16% since 1990. Why? The answer is simple. Goals are nice, but without…

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A Tale of Two Vermonts

This is the tale of two different Vermonts – one of which you’ve likely heard of, and one of which you may not have. The first Vermont is the one that’s repeatedly been named the “greenest” state in the U.S. The quality of our environment, our actions to protect it,…

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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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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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Update on Wind Sound Standard

As the 2016 energy siting and planning bill was going through the final steps at the legislature last spring, the issue of setting statewide limits for sound from wind projects became a hot topic. Historically these limits had been set for each project individually. The bill, in its final form,…

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New Wind Energy FAQ

We talk to Vermonters nearly every day about clean energy — so we know that people have a lot of questions when it comes to renewables. So, VPIRG is taking the most common questions we’ve heard and putting all the answers in one place — and we’re starting with wind power. We’ve answered…

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Golden Fleece: VPIRG Decries Waste of Taxpayer Money on Biased ‘Study’

The discovery of a $50,000 allocation buried deep in the state capital bill that was passed by legislators several months ago is stirring up significant controversy today. As first reported by Vermont Public Radio, the nondescript allocation was earmarked for Lyndon State College to purchase sound monitoring equipment. The equipment…

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S.230 Fixed!

Late last night the legislature passed a fixed version of the energy siting bill (S.230) previously vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The new bill (S.260) made four simple clarifications necessary to address the governor’s concerns. VPIRG supports this bill. It will empower towns and regions to take a greater role,…

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