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
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Read VPIRG’s analysis of the key benefits and concerns surrounding smart meter technology, and how Vermont is dealing with these issues.Read More
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 ...Read More
Eleven months after Tropical Storm Irene led to record flooding that devastated much of Vermont, a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center confirms that extreme rain and snowstorms are happening 84 percent more frequently in Vermont since 1948.Read More
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 ...Read More
Read about intern Susan Goehring’s work on electric vehicle policy research.Read More
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 ...Read More