Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere
Jonathan Dowds, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Vermont
Vermont has a plan to combat climate change: accelerate our transition to electric vehicles (EVs), switch our heating and cooling systems to electric heat pumps, and power it all with electricity that is increasingly green and renewable. There is a lot to like about the plan, […]
Public Service Department Releases Public Engagement Plan to Guide Review of Vermont’s Renewable Electricity Policy and Programs
On December 1, the Vermont Public Service Department (“Department”) released its proposed public engagement plan to guide a comprehensive review of Vermont’s renewable and clean electricity policies and programs. This engagement process will help implement a […]
A new report from the non-profit Energy Action Network finds that Vermont is not on track to meet its legally mandated emissions reduction requirements under the Global Warming Solutions Act.
“While there is a lot of important information in this comprehensive, 40-page report, a key takeaway is that Vermont is […]
Peter Sterling, op-ed
Incredibly and finally, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has begun the shift to a clean energy America. For the first time ever, the massive resources of the U.S. Government will be mobilized to move our country off of climate change causing fossil fuels and onto renewable energy sources like wind, […]
Solar Jobs Up in 47 States, Increase 9% Nationwide in 2021
Solar energy jobs were up in 47 states and increased nine percent nationwide from 2020 to 2021 to a total of 255,037 solar workers, according to IREC’s 2021 National Solar Jobs Census released today.
This job growth took place […]
In the last session, advocates were forced to counter efforts to stymie progress.
Photo courtesy Jimmy Emerson/Flickr
Kelly Buchanan and Sam Evans-Brown
The 2022 legislative session started early when it comes to energy policy. In November 2021, after nearly a year of delay, state regulators […]
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 […]
Solar array on a Massachusetts landfill. (Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (bit.ly/3teSkhF). CC-BY-SA 2.0. (bit.ly/3Nn399B).
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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