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.
Join the team at Renewable Energy Vermont to learn how we can reform the RES to prioritize new renewables and increase in-state renewable generation to combat climate change and promote environmental justice while protecting Vermonters from the volatility and rising pricing of electricity generated by fossil fuels. After a short presentation and Q&A session, you will be ready to engage with your Legislators on this vital issue.
Thursday 1/12/2023 from 12:00 – 12:30 pm Via Zoom: