New Report on Vermont’s Energy & Climate Commitments Shows Mixed Progress to Date
Vermont is not on track to meet its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate renewable energy, according to the Energy Action Network, a network of business, non-profit, and public sector organizations.
The EAN annual report shows that, as of 2017, Vermont’s energy use was 20% renewable, up from 12% renewable in 2010. However, as of the latest data, Vermont’s emissions have increased 4% since 1990, far short of the pace necessary to meet the Paris Climate Agreement targets — especially given that Vermont’s emissions have been increasing since 2011, after having declined from 2004-2011.
Most of Vermont’s progress to its current 20% overall renewable status has come from the increasing renewability of its electric generation sector. However, electricity only makes up 27% of Vermont’s total energy use. The transportation and thermal sectors, which use far more energy and consume vast amounts of fossil fuel, lag far behind in their renewability.
The Norwich Energy Committee is working to help Town facilities and residents make their energy use 1) smaller, 2) more efficient, and 3) renewable. Look for more details soon.