Summit focuses on meeting Vermont’s climate commitments with strategies to save Vermonters money and strengthen the economy

Oct 6 2020, 5:08 PM
Montpelier, VT – Over 200 members of the Energy Action Network (EAN) convened for a virtual summit on October 1st and 2nd. Summit attendees heard remarks about Vermont’s energy future from Governor Phil Scott, Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, and Public Utility Commission Chairman

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Vermont Working to Electrify Rural Transit
October 4, 2020
By Michael Kuser

More than 400 people joined the annual three-day Energy Action Network (EAN) Summit online last week to hear ideas on how to tackle some of the clean energy challenges facing the mostly rural Vermont, including increasing bus ridership and incentivizing more fuel-efficient cars.

EAN comprises more than

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Last week, EAN Executive Director Jared Duval joined Henry Swayze and Todd Tyson on Royalton Community Radio for their GreenZine show.

They discussed EAN, our Annual Progress Report for Vermont, and Jared’s recent commentary in the Times Argus and VTDigger.

You can listen to the conversation at this link, the segment begins at minute

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The Vermont Legislature is set to reconvene on August 25th, 2020. While focused largely on finalizing a 2021 budget, a limited number of policy priorities will be considered.

In this context, the Energy Action Network invited Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson to discuss what energy and climate

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Jared Duval brings to EAN a background in non-profit management and strategic facilitation, having directed the Sierra Club’s national student and youth organization from 2005 to 2007, while also co-chairing a U.S. and Canada-wide coalition (the similarly named the Energy Action Coalition) that worked with hundreds of campuses to advance ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.  More recently Jared served as Economic Development Director at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, where he was responsible for providing business support to working lands and green economy businesses across Vermont and helped to guide millions of dollars of state and federal investments in sustainable economic development via the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and the Clean Energy Development Fund. Part of the ninth generation of his family to call Vermont home, Jared grew up in the Upper Connecticut River Valley and now lives in Montpelier with his wife, the Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and their five-year old son, Liam. Locally, he serves as Vice Chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund and is a Board member of both the Orton Family Foundation and the Public Assets Institute. Before moving back to Vermont, Jared was an author and Fellow with Demos, the New York based think tank. His first book, Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010. He was also a contributor to the book A Renewable World: Policies, Practices & Technologies. Jared holds degrees from Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School (Master in Public Affairs – Domestic Policy, 2014), University of Cambridge (MPhil, Modern Society and Global Transformations, 2012), and Wheaton College, Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude – Economics and Political Science, 2005.

Commentary by EAN Executive Director Jared Duval

 

An effective economic recovery strategy should include at least three components: keep more money recirculating in-state; reduce Vermonters’ expenses; and create new, good-paying jobs for Vermonters. Transitioning off fossil fuels for how we get around and heat our homes can accomplish all three goals simultaneously.

Earlier this

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