We are thrilled to introduce EAN’s new Data Manager, Mei Butler. In this role, Mei manages the collection and analysis of EAN’s data and the progress of the Vermont Energy Dashboard. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (Masters of International Affairs), where she studied Energy and Environmental Policy, as well as data analytics. During her time at Columbia she also worked as an intern on the Policy Development team at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The majority of her time there was spent on energy efficiency topics, and she was also involved in a project regarding the use of the social cost of carbon in New York State.
With the Summit over and Mei on board, the EAN staff is turning our attention to the development of our 2020 Annual Progress Report for Vermont. As we work to build on the strengths of the 2019 report, we would welcome your input on new areas for analysis and key themes. Please email Jared at firstname.lastname@example.org any thoughts by Friday, October 30th, 2020.
Jared, Carolyn, & Mei
News from the World
CA sets goal to ban sale of new gas-powered vehicles
Gov. Gavin Newsom says California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 as the top U.S. auto market shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate-warming emissions.
Automakers’ risky bet: EVs are better than gas cars
As Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG recently have unveiled marquee electric cars, they have let slip a remarkable admission for companies built on oil: Electric models will in some ways be superior.
On climate change, oil and gas companies have a long way to go
A new report finds that all the new industry commitments don’t add up. The system must be changed to channel investment away from fossil fuels into alternatives and affected communities. That will happen through changes in legislation and regulation — not through voluntary pledges.
For years, EAN has been drawing attention to the fact that over 70% of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation and thermal sectors. We continue to deepen that analysis to help policymakers, businesses, and individuals understand where exactly levers for change are. In the lead up to 2020 Energy Action Network Summit, we developed a new analysis of thermal emissions with data from Vermont’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. This shows that the majority of emissions from thermal fuel use happen at the residential level. This data reminds us that reducing emissions is not someone else’s problem to solve — we all have the responsibility and opportunity re: how we heat our homes and businesses. It also means we need a policy framework that addresses heating system choices at the residential and commercial levels.
October 21: Connectivity, featuring FERC Commissioner Richard Glick
November 18: Resilience, featuring Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the US Energy Storage Association
December 2: Moving Forward, featuring Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Massachusetts Executive Office on Energy and Environment
December 9: Equity, featuring Coreina Chan, Rocky Mountain Institute
For nearly two decades, the REV Conference has been the leading renewable energy event in northern New England. Organized by the nonprofit trade association, Renewable Energy Vermont, this annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators. REV2020: Power to Renew will take place virtually with sessions from October through December.
Button Up has a big schedule of events this fall to help people start weatherizing. They’ll provide a short and sweet review of weatherization topics on Weatherization Wednesdays at noon. And a deeper dive in the evening events.
The Vermont Community Leadership Network (VCLN) was launched to connect and support local leaders as they build local projects, organizations, and systems that serve their communities and Vermont’s urgent and long-term needs. The Network supports members with online workshops on community development initiatives, skills training, and the sharing of best practices and inspiring success stories. The Fall 2020 series of workshops will be held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am. Registration is required.
Sustainable Transportation Vermont is an online source for information relating to transportation in Vermont. Their essays and webinar series cover the challenges and opportunities faced by small cities, towns and rural areas as they attempt to wean themselves from a fossil fuel-based transportation system.
EAN was pleased to welcome a variety of new member organizations over the last month. These organizations reflect our total energy approach, and the involvement of businesses, non-profits, higher-ed, and grassroots organizations. We encourage you to visit each organization’s website to learn more about their work: