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Gov. Scott signs environmental justice policy and 2 other major environmental bills into law

By Abagael Giles Photo: Ric Cengeri , VPR File

Vermont is one of the last states in New England to have an environmental justice policy on the books, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been pushing for one since 2016.

06/01/22
                                                               

Vermont Standard Offer Program 2022 RFP released soliciting over 5 MW of new renewable energy

On March 14, 2022, the Vermont Standard Offer Facilitator (“Facilitator”) released the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) soliciting over 5 MW of new renewable energy projects under Vermont’s Standard Offer Program. The program’s individual project capacity for is up to 2.2 MW in a diverse range of renewable energy technologies for the RFP including – Solar, Biomass, Small Wind, Large Wind, Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion, Landfill Methane, and New Hydroelectric.

03/18/22
                                                               

Vt. House Approves Bill to Create Clean Heat Standard

Vermont’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would implement a clean heat standard, as recommended by the state’s Climate Council.

03/17/22
                                                               

Vermont Facility Reduces Energy Expenses with Solar Array

Green Lantern Solar, a renewable energy development and finance company focusing on commercial solar and energy storage systems, has completed a solar array for Chroma Technology, a Vermont-based certified B Corp in the precision optics industry. The 500 kW ground-mount array will produce enough energy to offset a third of Chroma’s annual energy expenses.

03/15/22
                                                               

Vt. lawmakers consider alternate transportation funding sources

As Vermont works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet climate goals, a big part of that involves electrifying the transportation sector. While the new infrastructure package approved by Congress is expected to be transformational, the state will also have to put up some green to go green.

02/24/22
                                                               

Towns in Vermont, New Hampshire collaborating on solar projects

A group of towns in Vermont and New Hampshire is collaborating on solar projects.
The Valley News reports the Solarize 2022 campaign started in Cornish, New Hampshire. The town committed to a 100% renewable energy goal by 2050.
Soon after that, Windsor and Hartland, both in Vermont, joined in, as well as Plainfield, New Hampshire.

02/22/22
                                                               
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GlobalFoundries says it will comply with Vermont’s renewable energy requirements

Semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries says it will move forward with its proposal to become its own electric utility, after state regulators told the company last week that it could not skirt the state’s renewable energy standard.

02/22/22
                                                               

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

12/21/21
                                                               

Senate overrides veto of Global Warming Solutions Act, making it law

The Vermont Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act — legislation that legally requires the state to meet targets for reducing carbon emissions in the coming years. Since the House had already voted to override the veto, the measure is now law.

09/22/21
                                                               

This Vermont Utility Is Revolutionizing Its Power Grid to Fight Climate Change. Will the Rest of the Country Follow Suit?

Visitors entering a code-locked central control room at Green Mountain Power (GMP)’s Colchester, Vt., headquarters instinctively lower their voices, whispering in deference to operators relaying orders from behind semicircular clusters of screens. It’s an intimidating space;

07/26/21