EAN is an active network of nonprofit, business and government leaders working to transform Vermont's energy economy by focusing on 4 leverage points:

News & Events

  • Net Zero Northeast:  Efficiency Vermont is convening this day-long summit on Thursday, October 9 at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier to explore the rising interest in net zero buildings.
  • Green Mountain Power announced they will be lowering electric rates for customers by 2.46% starting in October.  VT Business Magazine  BFP
  • A new report, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Go Solar, details how the Solarize Upper Valley initiative helped 120 homeowners go solar in just 15 weeks. Partners included Vital Communities, SunPower, SERG and John Merck Fund.
  • Governor Shumlin has increased the renewable energy goal for state buildings from 5 MW to 10 MW.  The announcement came during his visit to the new 500 kW solar net metering project at the Northeast Regional Corrections Facility in St. Johnsbury. VPR press release
  • NRG Energy, the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, and Green Mountain Power announced that they are partnering on a state-of-the-art energy project that will make it easier for Vermonters to generate and use renewable energy. Burlington Free Press  Bloomberg  Bennington Banner
  • Many EAN members are actively promoting heat pumps including Efficiency VermontGreen Mountain Power, VPIRG, SunCommon, and SERG.  Some fuel dealers have also started offering heat pump installation services as a way to diversify their business model.
  • More than 450 people attended SunCommon’s first annual CARnival in August.  The event showcased a wide variety of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and introduced the concept of solar power to generate the electricity needed to power them.  more

  • Drive Electric Vermont just announced a new $500 incentive for any new plug-in electric car purchase or lease.Coupled with the federal tax credit f up to $7,500, this summer could be your ticket to ride—in a new electric vehicle! read more
  • Why We Need a Carbon Tax,” written by Bernie Sanders, recently appeared in the July 9, 2014 Huffington Post.

  • According to REmap 2030, a Renewable Energy Roadmap, by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling renewable energy globally is a doable and affordable way to avert climate catastrophe.
  • Former US Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO, Henry Paulson, views carbon tax as “a fundamentally conservative (solution) that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response” to climate change.  NY Time Opinion 6/21/14
  • The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) released its Northeast Region Report in June 2014.  The report summarizes the status of renewable energy installations and policies in ten states.
  • 2014 EAN poll shows 90% of Vermonters believe changing our energy system is necessary and important; 74% believe time matters and we should take actions as quickly as possible. read full report
  • EAN, in collaboration with REV and the New England Clean Energy Council, has developed a regional summary of renewable and energy efficiency policies and programs in northeastern states.  62-pg report / 1-pg spreadsheet
  • ClimateVision 2020 is an online energy dashboard created by Environment Northeast to monitor 8 states’ progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.