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

The climate crisis is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, deadly heat waves and growing tick populations are just some of the impacts. Since 2006, Vermont has had statutory goals to cut carbon pollution and do our part to combat this global crisis. Unfortunately, we have missed those goals by miles and our greenhouse gas emissions have risen dramatically.

There is a dire need for Vermont – and the world – to reduce the pollution that is warming our planet and threatening a stable, habitable world for young people and future generations. Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution. Strong policies must be put in place now to right this course.

To help meet Vermont’s ambitious climate targets and make our state an even better place to live, 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 state – out of the local economy – every year to pay for fossil fuels. That’s money we could be keeping 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 electrification and efficiency programs, and put a price on carbon pollution in a way that boosts the local economy and supports Vermonters with low-incomes. 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.

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Recent Climate & Energy News

Clean Heat Report

Clean Heat Report

Clean Heat: Comfortable Homes, Affordable Future examines the energy fuel sources we use for heating. Clean Heat focuses on Vermont’s thermal fuel mix, inclusive of residential, commercial and industrial uses, and lays out the path Vermont can take to nearly eliminate fossil fuels by 2031.  With “thermal energy” posed to be at the top of ...

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Apt Reading: When It Rains, It Pours

Apt Reading: When It Rains, It Pours

We wanted to make sure you didn’t miss Environment America’s report, When It Rains, It Pours, (downloadable below) when we released it at the end of July.  With Hurricane Sandy already hitting communities across the eastern seaboard and heading north, we thought folks might find this interesting reading (perhaps by candlelight when the power goes ...

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VPIRG’s Leah Marsters reflects on her tour of Sheffield

VPIRG's Leah Marsters reflects on her tour of Sheffield

Vermonters’ overwhelming support for clean energy, and wind in particular, is threatening to a handful of opposition groups bent on dismantling our state’s commitment to take responsibility for generating our own energy.  With the media choosing largely to focus on covering the fear and controversy wind opponents have successfully drummed up, it’s probably tough to ...

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VPIRG Statement on Entergy’s latest lawsuit against Vermont

VPIRG Statement on Entergy’s latest lawsuit against Vermont

For Immediate Release: 9/12/12 Given Entergy’s track record, it’s not a surprise that it would rather spend its money on high-priced lawyers than pay its fair share to the people of Vermont.  That’s what this lawsuit is all about.  And the fact is, Entergy is still only being asked to cough up a fraction of what ...

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VPIRG Releases 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard

VPIRG Releases 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard

  The Vermont Public Interest Research Group released its 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard on public interest issues today. As the state’s largest consumer and environmental advocacy organization, VPIRG is involved in a broad range of policy debates in Montpelier, from health care reform to banning fracking. The 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard tracks votes on clean energy, health care, consumer protection, green cleaning, ...

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Montpelier’s District Heat Project is a Go!

Montpelier's District Heat Project is a Go!

Montpelier’s City Council voted 5-1 in favor of the District Heat project.  The vote cast in special session reversed the previous week’s 4-2 council vote to halt the project.  Following a week of intensive negotiations between the city and state and a tremendous outpouring of public support, VPIRG is delighted to see the project moving ...

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Thank You Summer 2012 Interns!

Thank You Summer 2012 Interns!

VPIRG summer interns worked hard on research, grassroots organizing and more.  We extend a huge THANK YOU to these five dedicated, smart members of the team.  Click the links below to learn their stories. Clean Energy Intern – Brian Buckley Brian Buckley is one of two clean energy interns working with VPIRG.  A bona fide energy nerd, ...

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Montpelier Residents Rally in Support of District Heat Project

Montpelier Residents Rally in Support of District Heat Project

Dozens turn out in lead up to special City Council session For Immediate Release: August 29, 2012 MONTPELIER, VT—Less than a week after a majority of the Montpelier City Council rejected a long-planned upgrade to a wood fired boiler run by the state that would pump heat to municipal buildings and local businesses, dozens of Montpelier residents ...

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