Vermont Groups Gather to Push for New Clean, Renewable Energy

Environmental groups lobbying for more in-state and regional sources of clean, renewable energy

A solar panel and wind turbine

February 1, 2023 (MONTPELIER, VT) – A coalition of Vermont environmental groups is lobbying at the State House today to push for changes to the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and partners are seeking changes to state rules to end our reliance on fossil fuels and transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

“We must reform Vermont’s renewable energy rules if we’re serious about meeting our climate goals and slashing dangerous pollution in our communities,” said CLF attorney Chase Whiting. “A portion of our electricity comes from out-of-state fossil fuel plants that pollute communities’ air, destroy our planet, and take hard-earned money from Vermonters. This is unacceptable. It’s time to update these rules to ensure our electricity comes from new clean energy sources like wind and solar, especially those that bring new jobs to Vermont.” 

Reforming Vermont’s RES is the lynchpin to the state’s ability to reduce carbon pollution. As more people transition to electric vehicles and heat pumps, we will need to build more clean, renewable electricity sources. RES reform is a critical step in planning for a clean future.

The groups are gathering in the Cedar Creek Room at the State House today from 12-1 to urge legislators to make the necessary changes.

CLF experts are available for further comment.