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

Montpelier District Heat Project Resources

Montpelier District Heat Project Resources

On Wednesday, August 22nd, Montpelier’s City Council voted 4-2 to halt a decade’s worth of progress on a district heating project.   While the vote is disappointing, the mayor convened a special session a week later, where, following a updates to the plan and an outpouring of public support, the councilor reversed it’s earlier decision ...

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Video Now Available: Smart Meter/Smart Grid Press Conference

On Monday, August 20th, VPIRG joined Senator Bernie Sanders and other environmental groups to celebrate Vermont’s transition to the smart grid.  Check out video footage from the press conference, made available courtesy of CCTV and Channel 17: VPIRG’s policy position statement on Smart Meters and the Smart Grid is available online here. Following the press conference, Senator ...

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Energy Intern Powering Progress at State and Local Level

Energy Intern Powering Progress at State and Local Level

Brian Buckley is one of two clean energy interns working with VPIRG.  A bona fide energy nerd, Brian has brought valuable research skills, thinking and resources to all things energy – from weatherization to subsidies to renewable energy and much more. Wanting to learn the ropes and aid on-the-ground solutions to our energy problems, Brian has ...

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Global Warming Report: When It Rains, It Pours

Global Warming Report: When It Rains, It Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in Vermont, across the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture. Click here to ...

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Thousands of Vermonters Saying Yes to Clean Heat

Thousands of Vermonters Saying Yes to Clean Heat

VPIRG canvassers are hearing Vermonters across the state say yes to clean heat. Vermonters want to save money, save energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by weatherizing and switching to local, renewable heating fuels, like solar hot water and wood pellets. We just need to make sure it’s as easy and affordable ...

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