Who We Are
Energy Action Network (EAN) is a diverse network of over two-hundred non-profits, businesses, public agencies, and other organizations working together in a collective impact framework and supported by a core staff to further the Network’s mission.
Energy Action Network (EAN) works to achieve Vermont’s climate and energy commitments in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters.
Specifically, EAN is working to help Vermont:
- Meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act, which includes reducing Vermont’s greenhouse gas pollution to 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
- Meet the goals of the Comprehensive Energy Plan, which includes meeting 25% of Vermont’s total energy needs from renewable sources by 2025, 40% by 2035, and 90% by 2050.
Indicators of progress include:
- Significant reductions in fossil fuel use and GHG pollution from energy
- Substantial increases in the share of our energy needs met via efficiency and renewables.
- Growth in the number of clean energy jobs in Vermont
- Vermonters becoming more energy-secure and resilient
- A stronger and more just Vermont economy
- An energy landscape that both benefits from and protects our natural resources and working lands.
We approach our work together through two key lenses:
- Total Energy Transformation: We work toward efficient and renewable energy use across all sectors — transportation, thermal, and electric.
- Strategic Leverage Areas: We work to enable systemic change at a scale and pace necessary to achieve Vermont’s energy & emissions commitments, via the following leverage point areas:
- Policy and Regulatory Reform
- Public Engagement
- Capital Mobilization
- Technology Innovation
The core staff of EAN supports the work of Network members in the following ways:
- Steward a Common Agenda: All Network members support the State of Vermont’s renewable energy commitments, including 90% renewable by 2050, and the goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, because Network members have varying viewpoints and positions on how to achieve Vermont’s near and long-term energy and emissions commitments, EAN’s backbone staff commits to serve as a neutral convener of the Network and to refrain from advocating for specific policies.
- Collect Data and Measure Results: Ensure a common foundation of understanding by serving as Vermont’s trusted source for tracking and analysis of progress toward Vermont’s energy and emissions commitments (ex. Annual Progress Report, Vermont Energy Dashboard).
- Coordinate Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Convene the Network to develop, share, and advance high-impact ideas to meet our energy and climate commitments (ex. Vermont Energy and Climate Summit, Vermont Energy Future Initiative, EAN Fellows Program).
- Facilitate Continuous Communication: Ensure network members are up to date on relevant news, analysis, and emerging opportunities, both within Vermont and beyond (ex. Total Energy News monthly newsletter, Leveraging Change Speaker Series).