Fighting the climate crisis, repowering Vermont, and saving Vermonters money with local, green energy solutions.

VPIRG is one of Vermont’s leading advocacy groups when it comes to fighting the climate crisis. Our strength comes from the thousands of Vermonters who have chosen to stand up for our future over the years, from establishing Efficiency Vermont, the first-of-its-kind energy efficiency utility in 1999, to retiring Vermont Yankee in 2014 after decades of organizing, banning fracking in 2012, and passing the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020. We’re dedicated to this ongoing work, because we know that the climate crisis is upon us and it’s going to take far more bold action to overcome it.

The threat posed by global warming is an injustice unlike any other our world has ever faced, because we know that if serious steps are not taken to address it, the poorest and most marginalized among us will face the brunt of its impact. In fact, they already are. That’s why our climate team at VPIRG is committed to considering equity in every policy decision we make – asking ourselves questions like “Who will benefit from this policy?”, “What are the long term impacts for our children and future generations?”, and “What populations are already suffering, and how can we address that need first?”

We need to completely modernize our energy sector in Vermont and move towards carbon neutral alternatives for transportation, home heating, and more – and we have to do it in a way that lifts up and includes all Vermonters.

The passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020 marked a turning point in Vermont’s climate landscape. This bill sets the foundation for future action by creating the VT Climate Council, which consists of 23 members, who are tasked with putting forward a plan to reduce our carbon pollution and build the resilience of our communities to the effects of the climate crisis. [Read more below.]

But there is still change to be made in the legislature. We must move to modernize Vermont’s transportation system, making investments that will save Vermonters money while making reliable transportation options more accessible and cutting carbon pollution at the same time. To advance those goals, funding the investments outlined in the Transportation Modernization Act is among our top priorities in the 2021 legislative session. We also need to harness the resources and strength of our energy efficiency utilities, expanding their work on efficiency and electrification. And we must continue to expand our in-state renewable energy portfolio in order to reduce our carbon footprint, create jobs for Vermonters, and keep our energy dollars circulating in our own economy.

You can find out more about each of these priorities below, and be sure to stay tuned to our emails and social media platforms for ways to get involved.

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Recent Climate & Energy News

NEWS RELEASE: President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Vermont, Future Generations

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2013 Contact: Paul Burns, VPIRG 802-793-1985, paul@vpirg.org   President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Vermont, Future Generations  MONTPELIER, VT – Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy like wind and solar ...

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VPIRG Director Speaks at Wind Ribbon-Cutting

VPIRG Director Speaks at Wind Ribbon-Cutting

The grand opening of Vermont’s newest wind farm, Georgia Mountain Community Wind, was celebrated by VPIRG director, Paul Burns, and a number of volunteer, interns, and staff.  The project consists of four 2.5 MW turbines in Milton and Georgia and all power has been purchased by Burlington Electric Department.  When operating at peak capacity, the ...

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State Voice in Tar Sands Pipeline Affirmed

State Voice in Tar Sands Pipeline Affirmed

As the national and international debate over the Keystone XL pipeline heated up, VPIRG and our partners successfully pressed for more state control over a plan to ship tar sands oil through a 63-year old pipeline in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. VPIRG activists sent in over 1,000 comments to the District 7 Environmental Commission calling for ...

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S.30 – Anti-Renewable Energy Provisions Defeated

S.30 – Anti-Renewable Energy Provisions Defeated

In one of the key votes of the legislative session, senators voted 16-14 to strip the most offensive provisions out of the anti-renewable energy bill – S.30. At different points, this legislation would have blocked wind, solar and other renewable energy sources of various sizes. Had it passed as its sponsors intended, it would have represented ...

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Legislative Accomplishments 2013

Legislative Accomplishments 2013

The legislative session is over, and the results are in.  Here at VPIRG, we’re celebrating the victories that our members helped to bring about. Thank you! Of course, we didn’t win every fight.  The Legislature failed to commit the necessary resources to weatherize our homes and businesses, for example.  But we’re taking the time to celebrate the ...

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Thank You to Senator Sanders and Friends for Joining the VT Energy Choices Forum

Thank You to Senator Sanders and Friends for Joining the VT Energy Choices Forum

Packing an auditorium on the season’s first beautiful Saturday isn’t an easy task.  That is unless you’ve organized five fantastic panelists—including Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders—and spent weeks recruiting the state’s top clean energy activists and their friends. Fortunately, that’s why VPIRG’s event was such a success.  The hundred-plus citizen activists who attended heard riveting ...

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Vermont’s Energy Choices: Old Dirty Problems, Clean Energy Solutions

Vermont's Energy Choices: Old Dirty Problems, Clean Energy Solutions

Doing our part for clean energy and the climate means more than changing a light bulb.  Vermonters have choices to make. •    We could to ask others to generate most of our power for us, often relying on dirty energy sources like coal, oil, fracked gas or nuclear power. •    Or we could take responsibility for our ...

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Victory for Clean Energy – S.30 Gutted by Environmental Champs!

Victory for Clean Energy - S.30 Gutted by Environmental Champs!

Just hours ago, VPIRG’s organizers, advocates, student interns and member activists were helping our advocates behind the scenes to fight a bill (S.30) that threatened to throw the brakes on to renewable energy projects in the state. And now, after a lengthy Senate debate and vote, we’re celebrating a major victory for Vermont’s clean energy future! Up ...

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