Total Energy News | May 2024


You are invited to EAN’s next Leveraging Change Speaker Series, June 5th in Montpelier to learn more about Vermont’s Changing Heating Sector: Insights from the latest data – and implications for the Global Warming Solutions Act and Clean Heat Standard.

Join fellow Network members and public sector partners for a presentation and discussion of EAN’s latest research paper, which explores how and why Vermont’s thermal sector is changing. Specifically, there has been a 12% decline in fossil heating fuel sales in Vermont between 2018 and 2023, according to data from the Vermont Department of Taxes. We will share our latest research and analysis regarding what is causing recent shifts in fossil heating fuel sales, and explore implications for Global Warming Solutions Act and Clean Heat Standard compliance.

As always at these in-person events, there will be plenty of time for networking, with food available.

Please also mark your calendars and save the date for two upcoming Network gatherings. First, the 2024 EAN Annual Summit will be September 18, 2024 at Bolton Valley Resort. Secondly, EAN is provisionally planning on hosting a post-election gathering of the Network on December 3, 2024 in Montpelier.

Cara, Jared, and Lena

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Vermont’s Changing Heating Sector

Between 2018 and 2023, fossil heating fuel sales decreased by about 12%. Much of this decline was driven by a 22% reduction in fuel oil sales, while propane sales actually grew by over 4%. In a new research paper titled “Analyzing changes in fossil heating fuel use in Vermont, 2018-2023,” we explore several key factors that help to explain these trends. We find that the most significant factor in the decline in fossil heating fuel sales is warmer winter weather, resulting in an 8% decrease in heating degree days between 2018-2023 (2023 was a particularly warm year). 

However, warmer winter temperatures alone don’t explain all of the reduction in fossil heating fuel sales. Our analysis suggests that we are also beginning to see declines in fossil fuel use as a result of electrification and pollution reduction measures being adopted by Vermont households and businesses, including installation of cold-climate heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, home weatherization, and improved equipment efficiency. Despite this progress, however, Vermont still has significant work to do to ensure that the state meets its emissions reduction obligations. 

You can read the full research paper on the EAN website.

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Efficiency Vermont / Rewiring America Tool

Efficiency Vermont has recently added a new incentive calculator to their website. The tool, built by Rewiring America, gives households a personalized list of the many federal, state, and utility incentives they can use for energy efficiency and electrification projects. Users input details like their household income and zip code and are served a menu of incentives, tailored to their specific situation. The calculator was launched at the Statehouse on Earth Day. 

You can find the Incentive Calculator here.

Events and Opportunities

EAN 2024 Summit | Save The Date

EAN’s 2024 Summit will be September 18th at Bolton Valley Resort, with a second gathering being planned for December 3rd in Montpelier. More information is coming soon!

Leveraging Change Speaker Series | Vermont’s Changing Heating Sector

Join fellow EAN members and public sector partners for a conversation about EAN’s latest research paper, which explores how and why Vermont’s thermal sector is changing.

Wednesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. | Cafe Noa in Montpelier

Learn more and register

VELCO | Long-Range Transmission Plan – Public Meeting

VELCO’s 2024 Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan is now available for public review, and their final public meeting is scheduled for May 15 from 5-7 p.m. in St. Albans or online.

Learn more and register

VECAN Spring Summit

VECAN brings together members of energy committees who are working to advance clean energy and climate action in their communities around Vermont and re-center their collective focus in a moment when these issues are center stage for federal and state legislative progress and funding opportunities. Please join them on June 1st to reconnect, collaborate and share conversation as they work to advance just and bold climate action!

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Vermont Law and Graduate School

Learn more and register

VT Department of Public Service | Home Energy Rebate Meeting

The Vermont PSD is holding a virtual public meeting to discuss its upcoming application to the Department of Energy under the Home Energy Rebate program. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more and register

VEEP Adult Programming

Registration is open for Vermont Energy Education Program’s Summer Institute for teachers: Beyond the Standards – Solutions for Climate Change! 

June 24-28, 2024 in Albany, NH

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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:

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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.

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