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Percent of emissions covered by decarbonization program As of the end of 2018, Vermont is one of ten US states and two Canadian provinces that participate in a decarbonization program. But the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that Vermont participates in currently only covers a small percentage of our total emissions. See how we stack up. Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts participate in RGGI. California and Québec are members of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a cap and invest program. British Columbia has a province-wide carbon fee.

We are excited to share that our 2018 Annual Progress Report will be released on Monday, March 4th. This year’s report is our most comprehensive yet, featuring updated data and new analysis about the status of Vermont’s energy and emissions progress. See the Data Download for a sneak preview of one of the new graphics, and stay tuned for the full report in March!

Since September, EAN has been convening the Vermont Energy Future Initiative, a diverse group of stakeholders who have volunteered to identify key gaps and barriers to Vermont’s energy and emissions progress. Together, we are also learning about best practices and successful programs outside of Vermont to help us bend the curve towards our 2025 commitments. These research projects are underway, and we’ll be sharing the results with the full network soon. To learn more, visit our website or email Sarah Wolfe ([email protected]).

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California has successfully decoupled GHG emissions and economic growth (2000-2017)

While the year closed with a groundbreaking announcement from nine Northeastern states as part of the Transportation & Climate Initiative, we started the year with a sobering announcement of US emissions increasing in 2018, even as coal plants are closing. That speaks to the importance of action to get off of fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation and thermal sectors.

EAN’s Leveraging Change Speaker Series will continue this month on Thursday, January 17th. Read on for more details or click here to RSVP.

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At our Leveraging Change Speaker Series event next week, we'll be learning more about grid modernization and how Vermont can increase our leadership in preparing our electric grid for strategic electrification, storage, and increased renewable electric generation. One key metric we'll discuss is storage, including some of the progress shown in this map with the adoption of residential and commercial battery storage.
Our first Leveraging Change Speaker Series event was a big success, and it was great to see so many of you there. The next event will be a conversation about the timely topic of grid modernization, and will include EAN’s holiday celebration, with a recognition of our 2018 Anne & Arthur Berndt Award recipient! That’s right around the corner on Thursday, December 20th at Down Home Kitchen in Montpelier. Click here to learn more and RSVP!
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), an EAN member, has just announced that they are inviting towns to apply for the 2019 Climate Economy Model Communities Program. This is a great opportunity to rally your community together to identify and implement strategies that improve your local economy while also tackling climate change.
An overview and application materials can be found here. Applications are due on January 18, 2019. Please reach out to Jon Copans at VCRD with any questions.

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Living in Vermont, we spend a lot of time getting from Point A to Point B. How we do that matters. The worst choice, from an emissions standpoint, is driving alone in a fossil fueled car. At the other end of the spectrum is making that trip in an electric vehicle (particularly when it's powered by our increasingly renewable electric supply). Best of all? Take a bike!

We are excited to announce the first event in our Leveraging Change Speaker Series coming up next Thursday, November 15th at Down Home Kitchen in Montpelier. Read on for more details about this exciting kickoff event or just register here

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Anne and Arthur Berndt Award. The award will be presented at our second Speaker Series event on December 20th. Click here to read more about the criteria and submit a nomination.
EAN Member Energy Futures Group recently released a paper on the Statewide Total Energy Program (STEP), or Tier 3. It’s a valuable overview of a key Vermont energy policy, and contains important analysis of the impacts of this program on electric rates and emissions. If you haven’t already taken a look, you can find the paper at EFG’s website.

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