Committing to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

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In June 2024, the Vermont Legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto to modernize the Renewable Energy Standard and set Vermont utilities on track to deliver 100% renewable electricity by 2035 at the latest.

This thoughtfully-crafted legislation was the result of a months-long collaborative Legislative Working Group composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, and received the support of nearly all of the state’s electric utilities, environmental organizations, Vermont’s renewable energy sector and others.

This landmark legislation was the first major update to the Renewable Energy
Standard in nearly a decade and is the most significant action Vermont
has ever taken to cut carbon pollution in the electric sector. This bill requires all electric
utilities to get to 100% renewable energy by 2035, and gives each the flexibility to
pursue the resources, large or small, in-state or in-region, that are most economical for
its ratepayers.

Our Victories

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Protecting Pollinators from Harmful Pesticides

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Improving Flood Resilience

VCV's Executive Director, Lauren Hierl, speaks at the launch of the Make Big Oil Pay campaign in Burlington

Making Big Oil Pay

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Removing Lead Fixtures from Schools

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Furthering Environmental Justice

Advancing the Global Warming Solutions Act

Removing Derelict Dams

Strengthening Act 250

VNRC has been very effective in creating change in this area.

Fighting PFAS and Toxic Contamination

Protecting the Land and Views at Exit 4

Guiding Municipalities to Implement Act 171

Forming and Supporting Energy Committees

Protecting the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Ensuring Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Promoting Statewide Dam Safety

Preserving Downtown Bennington

Convening the Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Securing Clean Water Funding

Maintaining Current Use

Banning Billboards

Declaring Groundwater a Public Trust