Our current Renewable Energy Standard (RES) says that 75% of our electricity needs to come from renewables by 2032 but just 10% of that power needs to come from in-state sources. This means that the vast majority of the impacts of generating the electricity we rely on are inflicted on communities outside Vermont. In addition, Vermont has the least ambitious new renewable energy requirement of any state in New England. From a regional perspective, the 75% requirement has only a limited impact on renewable energy development according to the Vermont Department of Public Service. In other words, the topline of Vermont’s RES does not actually increase renewable energy use. Vermont can and must do better.
By aligning our RES more closely with similar policies across New England and increasing our targets for total and in-state renewable energy, we can combat climate change and promote environmental justice while protecting Vermonters from the volatility and rising pricing of electricity generated by fossil fuels. REV is going on the road to share our vision for a RES that mandates 100% renewable energy, with 20% from in-state sources, by 2030. This policy would be good for the climate and good for Vermont’s economic well-being. You can see the full REV slideshow here or join us on the road at a Town Energy Committee or Regional Planning Commission meeting near you. What’s on tap?
- Bennington, December 7th at 7:00 pm
- Brattleboro, December 12th at 6:00 pm
- Danville, December 8th at 6:15 pm (Virtual)
- Essex, December 13th at 7:00 pm
- Hartford, December 22nd at 5:00 pm
- South Burlington, December 14th at 6:30 pm
- Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), 11/30 at Noon (Virtual)
- Starksboro, December 5th at 5:30 pm (Virtual)
- Weybridge, December 2nd at 8:30 am (Virtual)
Not in your area? Check back regularly as we add new meetings!
Where we’ve been:
- Bristol Energy Committee, November 16th
- Middlebury Energy Committee, November 16th