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Vermont Climate Advocates Applaud Clean Transportation Measures in the FY23 Budget and Transportation Bill

Robb Kidd, Vermont Sierra Club

A broad coalition of environmental leaders have applauded the transportation investments included with the enactment of the Fiscal Year 2023 Transportation Bill, H.736, and the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Act, H.740, which earned Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s signature on June 9, 2022. The bills, H.736 and H.740 passed with strong […]

Record Amounts of New Renewable Capacity Are Being Added

Solar array on a Massachusetts landfill. (Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (bit.ly/3teSkhF). CC-BY-SA 2.0. (bit.ly/3Nn399B).

George Harvey

Both in the United States and in the rest of the world, record amounts of renewable capacity are coming online. There were still increases in carbon emissions in 2021, including from coal-burning power plants, […]

VT Legislative Update from March 31st

H.740 the state budget bill passed the House 135-4 with historic levels of one-time funding for climate-related projects including:

$45m for the low-income weatherization program $35m for weatherization for Vermonters with moderate incomes through Efficiency Vermont. $20m for “financial and technical assistance for low- and moderate-income Vermonters to upgrade home electrical systems to enable installation […]

NYS Is the Top Community Solar Market in the USA

The Helderberg solar farm is a 200kW system, with power supplied by 600 solar panels. It was built in Johnsonville, NY, and went on line January 2017. (Photo: Monolith Solar)

On March 22, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced New York has become the top community solar market in the United States with […]

Earth Day/Green Up Day 2022

Vermont Green Up Day: May 7th

Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Vermont rallies thousands of volunteers across Vermont to get outside and clean up roadsides and waterways. This year Green Up Day is on May 7th. This is a statewide spring-cleaning of our beautiful environment. Pick up your free Green Up supplies […]

Vermont’s Dirty Little Secret

Our State Government is Anti-Renewable Energy

Vermont State House (Flickr/Jim Bowen)

Peter Sterling

Talk to anyone who has tried to bring renewable energy to Vermonters and they will tell you the same thing: despite our green reputation and the thousands of Vermonters who have asked for leadership to avoid the existential […]

Vermont’s Legislative Update

2022 Policy Priorities

Lauren Hierl

On February 4, 2022, budget discussions were underway about how to move forward the Climate Action Plan, where we need to invest at least $150 million in FY23 in programs to help Vermonters and our local communities get access to clean heating options; weatherize their homes, businesses and […]

A Deal of the Century to Produce Less Pollution

The construction of Climeworks direct-air capture plant, Orca on the geothermal park in Hellisheidi in Iceland. The plant is expected to be in operation in late summer 2021. (Climeworks) (www.climeworks.com/orca)

Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief, Green Builder

If it costs $15 million to build a machine that removes the same carbon as getting a few […]

Burlington Moves Toward Its Net-Zero Energy Goal

Burlington Mayor, Miro Weinberger, speaks at the Net-Zero Energy Revenue Bond press conference on September 2, 2021. Standing in the background are (from L to R) Jennifer Green, City of Burlington Sustainability Director, Darren Springer, BED’s General Manager, Emily Stebbins-Wheelock, BED’s Manager of Strategy and Innovation, James Gibbons, BED’s Director of Policy and […]

Renewables Rule and Solar Shines Brightest

George Harvey

A field of solar arrays. (American Public Power Association, Unsplash, www.bit.ly/39tXZGP)

In its last issue, Green Energy Times had an article, “EIA Projects Huge Decline for Natural Gas Generation” (www.bit.ly/EIA-gas-decline). With new information from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), we can say more about that and the implications […]