Total Energy News May 2023
Your Update on Vermont and National Energy News
Summer is on its way, and EAN is offering the chance for one lucky Network member or public sector partner who takes our 2023 EAN survey to get a free electric lawn mower (or their choice of another piece of electric equipment to replace fossil fueled equipment, up to $400 of value). If you are a Network member or public sector partner, please fill out the survey to help us learn what EAN is doing well, what we can improve, and what we should prioritize in the coming year, to help us better serve our Members and the state of Vermont.
Now is also the time to add EAN’s June and September gatherings to your calendar! Registration for the June 1st pre-Summit Network Gathering in Montpelier is now open, with reduced registration rates extended through May 12th. The pre-Summit Network Gathering will be a chance to coordinate with other Network Members and Public Sector Partners around our shared priorities, to learn more about the work of EAN’s Network Action Teams, and to plan new pitches. Register here.
Please also SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 EAN Summit! This year’s summit will return to Sugarbush Resort, where our traditional EAN Summit will take place on September 28th. We are considering extending this event to include a second day on September 29th focused on Network Action Teams learning from one another and planning (pending responses about interest in a second day on the EAN Survey).
All the best,
Cara, Jared, and Lena
News from the World
Hooked on heating oil: Maine’s reliance on a dirty, expensive fuel
Maine relies on home heating oil more than any other state. Ending that costly dependence could improve lives and fight climate change, but it won’t be easy.
The Maine Monitor
A fossil fuel economy requires 535x more mining than a clean energy economy
Transitioning to clean energy would reduce the volume and harm of mining dramatically, as shown in this article and infographic.
California takes the lead on curbing Big Oil price gouging
California’s first-in-the-nation law could bar inflation of gasoline prices, set limits on the industry’s profits, and improve transperancy and oversight.
Data Download: How do Vermonters heat their homes now?
EAN has newly updated this graph for our upcoming 2023 Annual Progress Report for Vermont. This graph shows the difference in how Vermont homes are heated across different income levels and tenure types (owned or rented). While there are multiple interesting insights from this data, one striking finding is the disproportionate dependence among lower-income Vermonters on expensive heating fuels like fuel oil. This highlights the importance of helping those Vermonters, in particular, transition to more affordable and cleaner heating sources.
Network Action Team Profile:
Clean Heat Working Group
The Clean Heat Working Group has created a new resource to share information about how a Clean Heat Standard would work, as well as details about current and upcoming incentives for clean heat measures. Read or download the 2-pager here.
You will also find additional information and resources about the Affordable Heat Act here, including links to read a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and to commentaries written by EAN members and legislators.
Events and Opportunities
EAN pre-summit event
Reconnect with Network members and public sector partners, brainstorm and discuss priorities for the Network, and collaborate around developing pitches for the September annual Summit.
June 1, 2023 | noon-5pm in Montpelier
EAN 2023 Annual Summit
This year’s Summit will return to Sugarbush Resort, where our traditional EAN Summit will take place on September 28th with a potential second day on September 29th focused on Network Action Teams, learning from one another, and planning.
SAVE THE DATE | September 28-29
Business Sense trainings – Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Business Coaching Program launched Business Sense, a six-module training series for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The series provides essential tools and information resources in areas such as financials, operations, sales and marketing, human resources, leadership, and governance. Business Sense aims to help businesses thrive. The first two modules, Financial Literacy and Business Operations, have been released and the remaining four modules will be launching soon.
UVM PACE Employment Survey
The University of Vermont Professional and Continuing Education Department (UVM PACE), is developing a plan for helping Vermont businesses and organizations close gaps in public and nonprofit sector education and training.
To guide this work, UVM PACE is surveying employers to learn more about the skills needed most in the nonprofit and public sectors, along with efforts already underway to close skills gaps.
Take the Survey by May 15th
VEEP Summer Institute for teachers
Tell teachers about the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP)/New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP) Summer Institute on “Jumping from Joy to Action: Empowering Energy and Climate changemakers through play, hope, and wonder”.
Support VT EV charging needs
The State of Vermont is working proactively to find more locations for charging stations. In partnership with Drive Electric Vermont, the State is seeking to identify property and business owners interested in supporting plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging or providing services associated with the installation and management of charging. Those interested in partnering with the State can fill out a survey at to offer their collaboration.
Green Your Fleet & Beyond! – VCCC
Vermont & Granite State Clean Cities are co-sponsoring an Alternative Vehicle and Equipment Showcase. This extensive clean vehicle, equipment, and technology event will bring together decision-makers and end-users across New England. Learn about many on-ramps to the cleaner vehicle transition: biodiesel, electric, hydrogen, idle-reduction, natural gas, propane, and telematics. Attend presentations on Workforce Development, Fleet Solutions & Infrastructure, and Funding & Incentives. And join the Vehicle Ride & Drive ON THE RACETRACK.
Friday, June 9th in Loudon, NH
Federal Opportunities
  • US DOE – Energy Efficiency block grants. Funding opportunity announced for local governments and tribes – prioritizing applications from states with fewer than 2 million people. Grants will be between $200,000 and $2 million. Concept papers are due June 1, 2023. Learn more
  • USDA – Rural Energy for America Program. Applications are being accepted for grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Learn more
  • EPA – Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund implementation framework has been released. Feedback and comments are invited by May 12. Learn more
EAN Network Action Teams
EAN Network Action Teams meet regularly. If you are interested in joining meetings of the Weatherization at Scale Coalition, the Climate Workforce Coalition, or other teams, or if you want to learn more about their work, contact Cara:
Vermont Climate Council Meetings
All Vermont Climate Council meetings and subcommittee meetings are open to the public, with all details on the Climate Council website.
The Vermont Total Energy Ticker
Pandemic lowered 2020 GHG emissions, but VT unlikely to hit emissions targets
VT ANR released its latest GHG emissions inventory, showing a temporary decline in GHG emissions in 2020, and projecting that absent new policies, VT will fall short of its legally binding emissions requirements. 
VT Digger
How renewable is Vermont’s electricity?
Brave Little State dives deep on the question “As electricity rates rise with gas and oil costs, to what degree does Vermont’s power grid depend on these fossil fuels?”
Vermont Public
VT lawmakers send Affordable Heat Act to Gov. Scott’s desk
The biggest climate bill of the session is headed for Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. The governor has promised to veto the bill, but an override is possible.
Vermont Public
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