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The projected cost per household in VT as a result of TCI

EAN is pleased to share its most recent Research Brief, “Examining the Implications of the Transportation & Climate Initiative for Vermont.” This release corresponds with the newly-formed Network Action Team, Benefits of the Transportation & Climate Initiative for Vermont. Its purpose is to examine the benefits and costs of Vermont joining the Transportation & Climate Initiative on Vermont households.


The Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) is a cap-and-invest program designed to reduce pollution from on-road gasoline and diesel fuels, while generating a new source of funding for clean and equitable transportation investments. The intent of TCI-P is to improve the overall transportation system while reducing overall transportation costs. Potential benefits include building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, implementing income-based incentives for cleaner vehicles, and making investments in clean and convenient transit options. 

While there are many potential benefits to consumers, there are also potential costs as a result of TCI-P. TCI-P revenue would be collected from fossil fuel suppliers who would be obligated to purchase allowances for their Proportion of total TCI cost, by income and locationpollution coming from their fossil fuel sales. However, the extent to which TCI-P compliance costs may be passed to consumers is currently unknown. A key question related to Vermont’s participation in TCI-P that this research brief will try to address is: what are the potential cost implications for Vermont gasoline and diesel consumers as a result of the program? Data shows that in the first year of program implementation, TCI-P would result in an average additional cost per household ranging from $21 to $29. On average, households spend $1200 – $1600 per year on transportation fuel, so the projected additional cost from TCI-P would be marginal compared to total fuel costs. Additionally, 50% of the potential total additional cost of TCI-P would likely be borne by out-of-state consumers and households making $100,000 or more per year.

The Research Brief is available to view and download below.

For any questions on the research brief, please contact EAN Data & Dashboard Manager, Mei Butler. For questions for the Network Action Team, please contact Network Manager, Cara Robechek. Both of their contact information can be found here.

Contact EAN

  • Jared Duval

    Jared Duval

    Executive Director
    802‑829‑7421   jduval@eanvt.org
  • Cara Robechek

    Cara Robechek

    Deputy Dir. & Network Manager
    802-552-8450   cara@eanvt.org
  • Lena Stier

    Lena Stier

    Data Manager
    802-735-3894   lena@eanvt.org
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