Climate & Energy
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
VPIRG, VNRC, VCV, and VBSR Respond to Governor Scott’s Veto of the Clean Heat Standard:
S.148 is Headed to the Governor’s Desk!
S.148, the environmental justice bill, is headed to the governor’s desk! After initially passing out…
Community Leaders & Lawmakers Call for Passage of Environmental Justice Bill
Today, community leaders and legislators gathered in Montpelier to call for passage of the state’s…
VT can act on IPCC report
This guest blog post was written by VPIRG Intern Charlie Dobson, of Bennington, who is…
VT Senate advances environmental justice
The State Senate just took a major step towards environmental justice (EJ) in Vermont. S.148,…
Big Climate Investments in the FY23 Budget
The FY23 budget includes over $110 million in investments to cut climate pollution, with the…