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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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VPIRG Hails Introduction of Right to Repair Legislation

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group hailed the introduction of two bills (H.79 and H.81) last week that, if enacted, would establish a right-to-repair in Vermont. Both bills were introduced with a long, trans-partisan list of co-sponsors, demonstrating the broad support for this commonsense reform. Right-to-repair, sometimes called fair repair, seeks to address the growing …

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2023 Legislative Priorities

The 2023 Vermont legislative session is upon us and the Vermont legislature will include possibly more new faces than any time in history. VPIRG has an ambitious public interest agenda that includes unfinished business from the 2022 session like helping Vermonters transition to cleaner, more affordable heating options for their home and modernizing the Bottle …

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Vermont Adopts Rules for Cleaner Cars and Trucks

State Joins Coast-to-Coast Movement to Adopt Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations Vermont moved forward with two key regulations to address pollution from transportation in the state: the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) II program and the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) regulation. The Agency of Natural Resouces rule filing today to the Secretary of States office makes the rules …

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National Voter Registration Day

Sinead here – VPIRG’s new Democracy Associate. In case you hadn’t heard, this Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day! This holiday was first observed in 2012, exactly a decade ago. A lot of things have changed in that time: attacks on voter accessibility, claims that elections have been ‘rigged’ or ‘stolen,’ and countless communities disproportionately …

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Advanced Clean Cars II & Advanced Clean Trucks Rules Would Expand EV Access

Transportation is the single largest contributor to climate pollution in Vermont, but it has been difficult for Vermonters to find the zero-emission vehicles that are necessary to meet our state’s climate goals. Fortunately, it is about to become a lot easier thanks to new rules that Vermont is poised to adopt this December.   The Advanced …

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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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