In 2015, Vermont passed a Renewable Energy Standard that called for widespread adoption of renewable energy sources in the electric sector, increasing in percentage each year. What makes Vermont’s law unique is an ‘energy transformation’ provision which requires electric utilities to help their customers reduce the fossil fuels they use for heating and transportation.
As a result, all Vermont electric utilities now provide their customers with incentives and other assistance in switching everything from their heat and vehicles to their lawn mowers to options that run efficiently on clean electricity. Below, you’ll find a list of incentives and programs on offer from your utility, along with incentives available through Efficiency Vermont. For more general information about ways to reduce energy usage and costs, check out http://energysaver.vermont.gov/, a new resource recently launched by the Department of Public Service.
Despite this good work, Vermont’s climate pollution is on the rise.
During the 2020 legislative session, we have advocated for an expansion of Efficiency Vermont and our state’s efficiency work generally, refocusing it on the reduction of climate pollution, rather than just electric efficiency. That would mean more resources going towards cutting fossil fuel use in the transportation and thermal sectors, Vermont’s largest sources of climate pollution, to complement the work electric utilities are doing as part of the Renewable Energy Standard.
This broadened mission would significantly help Vermont reduce that pollution and reach our climate targets going forward, something we’ve struggled to do. We’ll also be pushing for this to be paired with legislation requiring 100% renewable electricity by 2030 with far more from new, local renewables, ensuring that as more and more Vermonters move off of fossil fuels and onto efficient electric heating and transportation, the electricity they are being provided is coming entirely from clean, renewable sources.
As the legislative session draws closer, it’s critical that Vermont’s elected officials are hearing calls from their constituents to support these and other climate initiatives. Click here to learn more about these efforts and find out how you can help.
- Burlington Electric Department
585 Pine St #4864 Burlington, VT 05401Visit Website
Electric Vehicle or Plug-In Hybrid: $1,200Purchase of an EV also entitles you to a free one-year Greenride Bikeshare membership
Electric bike: $200Purchase of an e-bike also entitles you to free membership in CarShare VT’s “Share-A-Little” Plan
- Green Mountain Power
(888) 835-4672163 Acorn Lane Colchester, VT 05446Visit Website
- Efficiency Vermont
(888) 921-5990 128 Lakeside Ave Suite 401Burlington, VT 05401Visit Website
Residential and Business:
Residential Rental Properties:
- Stowe Electric Department
- Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
5195 Waterbury Stowe Road Waterbury Center, VT 05677Visit Website
- Vermont Electric Cooperative
42 Wescom Road Johnson, VT 05656Visit Website
- Washington Electric Cooperative