Turning on your lights, getting to work, staying warm in the winter – these are energy needs shared by all Vermonters.
VPIRG is working to help shift Vermont away from dirty energy and towards clean alternatives. We all know the costs of dirty energy – global warming, health risks, air and water pollution, and an unstable economic future. On top of all that, Vermonters send over a billion dollars out of our local economy every year to pay for fossil fuels, money we could keep working in our state.
The good news is, we have better options available now. To help create a better Vermont for our kids and grandkids, and save Vermonters money over the long run, VPIRG is working to ensure the continued growth of wind and solar in Vermont, improve and expand our clean energy programs, and pass a carbon pollution tax that’s paired with tax cuts and help for Vermonters who want to invest in efficiency and clean energy. We’re also educating Vermonters about the many options they have available right now to cut their energy bills and carbon pollution, from weatherization to cold climate heat pumps to solar power.
Learn more about some of our key campaigns below.
Recent Energy News
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 services, integrate more renewable energy, and ...Read More
What if we could improve our children’s health and our communities’ bottom lines while increasing access to transportation options that are affordable and better for our environment? We believe it is possible, and that is why we’ve joined Transportation for Vermonters, a broad new transportation coalition. As part of the T4VT coalition, VPIRG will be ...Read More
As part of the Vermont Energy Innovation Program (aka Tier III), each electric utility is required to file a plan indicating how they will meet the goals of the upcoming year. Below you can find the full 2018 plans for each Vermont utility: Vermont Electric Coop: VEC Energy Innovation Program 2018 Plan Green Mountain Power: GMP Energy ...Read More
The Vermont Legislature passed Act 53 in 2017, which required the Department of Public Service to submit a report on energy storage to the Legislature by November 15 (see Sec. 22). The report covers the costs and benefits of energy storage as well as recommendations for how to encourage the deployment and integration of energy ...Read More
On November 2, the Joint Energy Committee held a hearing on the Volkswagen Settlement, and how the funds should be used in Vermont. VPIRG’s Clean Energy Advocate, Sarah Wolfe, testified in support of using the funds for replacing diesel school buses with electric school buses, along with supporting charging stations across the state. You can read ...Read More
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 wind projects to be approved ...Read More
Over the course of the last week, VPIRG organizers met with regional Mother Up! groups in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro to discuss our climate and clean energy priorities for the 2018 legislative session, as well as best practices for citizen lobbying. Mother Up! Is a node of 350VT geared towards parents who, despite having their hands ...Read More
When he was running for governor, Phil Scott made a point of saying that “Listening is more important than talking; and actions speak louder than words.” He added that “By genuinely listening to Vermonters, I have found that constituents have the best ideas…”1 But in a social media post last week, Gov. Scott summarily dismissed the ...Read More