• NEGEF Grant Projects

    The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF)  is once again soliciting requests for funding from town energy committees.  The deadline to apply for funding is September 15. Grants can be up to $3,500. Read more…

  • VNRC’s Johanna Miller to serve on Governor Scott’s Climate Change Commission

    Today, Governor Phil Scott will sign an Executive Order creating the Climate Action Commission. With a focus on affordability and the economy, the Commission will identify steps Vermont must take to achieve our renewable energy and greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals.

  • Energy Case Studies on the Dashboard

    We’ve been collecting stories of energy heroes, great energy projects and initiatives and we want to share them with you! You can find them on the Stories section of the Community Energy Dashboard  but here is a brief preview:

Welcome to VECAN!

VECAN is the network of support organizations and over 100 town energy committees across Vermont. Town energy committees are leading a powerful grassroots response to the pressing need to be more energy efficient and generate more in-state renewable energy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These local energy groups are shaping conversations about how Vermont will meet its future energy needs and through their actions are demonstrating that a clean energy future is possible

News

Business, Low Income, Environmental Groups Thank Governor Scott; Ask for Strong Action on Climate Change

A coalition of business, low income, faith and environmental leaders called on Gov. Scott to step up significantly on climate action in the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Read the letter the groups sent to Gov. Scott and their follow up statement on his first step — and hopes for further action.

USDA Support for Home Energy Improvements 

The UDDA offers financing and grants for many types of energy projects including residential, businesses and municipal. For example grants of up to $50,000 are available to install solar power arrays, purchase biomass systems and undertake energy efficiency improvements such as the weatherization of municipal buildings.

Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious / Foter / CC BY-SA

Public Service Department Hearing on Bennington County Energy Plan

The Public Service Department is holding a public hearing on the Bennington County Regional Energy Plan. The hearing will take place on May 31st at 7pm at the Bennington Fire Station.

(In)Action on Climate and Clean Energy in the 2017 Legislative Session

On the heels of the election of a new federal administration hostile to clean energy and action to address global warming, the Vermont Legislature’s limited progress in this arena was tremendously disappointing.

Grants Available for Non-profits to Help Low-income Vermonters Save Energy

Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric are offering grants to non profits already working with low-income Vermonter’s to help them save energy with the Vermont Community Energy Partnership Grant Program