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
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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, ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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, ...Read More
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 ...Read More