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 banning fracking in 2012, retiring Vermont Yankee in 2014 after decades of organizing, and passing the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020.
Today, our Climate & Energy work is driven by the understanding that we must fully decarbonize both Vermont and the nation, and that everyone deserves access to clean and affordable energy and transportation. Breaking down barriers contributing to rural, BIPOC, and low-income communities being left behind in this transition is a core part of our efforts.
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. 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.
Recent Climate & Energy News
Three months after a plan to switch much of Montpelier’s downtown from oil to wood heat got a new lease on life, the Montpelier City Council cast a final vote on the project last night. Up for debate was whether to pump the extra heat from an upgraded wood fired boiler run by the state ...Read More
In August, the Montpelier City Council approved an initial leg of the District Heat project while getting bids for remaining connections, which would include Union Elementary School and City Hall. Since then, city staff members are hard at work enlisting business customers needed to make this renewable heating project work even better. On Wednesday, November ...Read More
Sunday’s VT Environmental Summit, co-hosted with Toxics Action Center, was a real highlight of my time working with VPIRG so far. Over 75 people joined us at Vermont Technical College to spend a day meeting new people, learning more about the issues we all care about and how we can make the biggest impact working ...Read More
The fight to retire Vermont Yankee is not over! For months we’ve been waiting for this. Mark your calendar now for a few key dates that will help us to close the books on VY once and for all! Retire VY March & Rally Saturday, November 17th ~ 12:30 – 2 pm Get fired up and show your ...Read More
A number of new wind projects have been built in Massachusetts in recent years. To ensure renewable energy developments can be built while maintaining the health and well-being of project neighbors, the Commonwealth convened an extensive study of public health concerns. Their scientific, peer-reviewed study concluded that there are no health impacts that can be ...Read More
Global warming is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Our over-dependence on dirty and dangerous fossil fuels only exacerbates the problem. The solution—developing clean renewable sources like wind power, a resource that already displaces about 68 million metric tons of global warming pollution a year. Read the report here!Read More
As the development of renewable energy sources—wind in particular, continues to increase, so does the oil and gas industry’s fear that one day fossil fuels and renewables will be on a level playing field. As a result, the oil and gas industry hasn’t shied away from pumping millions of dollars into efforts to defeat clean ...Read More
In October 2012, Governor Shumlin appointed a commission to look at the energy generation siting process in Vermont. The committee is tasked with making specific recommendations for how the state might improve the siting process when compared to other states, as well as how to best integrate public participation in the process. Read the report here!Read More