Union of Concerned Scientists ranks Vermont second in nation for clean energy momentum

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Union of Concerned Scientists ranks Vermont second in nation for clean energy momentum

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new report entitled “Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress” and published Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (www.ucsusa.org) highlighted Vermont for its success in developing a clean energy economy. Vermont ranked second nationally, only bested by California. The report scored states on 12 metrics in the three broader areas of technical progress, direct visible effects on daily lives, and policies to build momentum for the future. Vermont earned top-five scores in energy savings, electric vehicle adoption, and energy efficiency policy and 10 top-10 appearances, the most of any state. The metric that really stole the show, said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont Executive Director, is clean energy jobs sector, as only nine states have at least 10 people per thousand residents employed in efficiency, solar, and wind. Vermont leads the nation in these clean energy jobs per capita.

All-and-all, Andersen said, the report indicates that "the brave little state is punching well above its weight class," as it leads the nation with carbon reduction targets and hangs neck-and-neck with larger states such as California in energy efficiency (third place).

"Vermont’s early and continued leadership on local clean energy - efficiency, solar, and wind has helped fueled our economy,” Andersen said. “Frugality, sunshine, and catching the breeze are staples of the Vermont way of life, and that is reflected in our energy choices. Given federal inaction, towns and states must lead the way on climate and clean energy solutions, and that’s exactly what innovative Vermonters plan to keep doing.”

The full report and press release can be viewed at: www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/04/Clean-Energy-Momentum-report.pdf 

Source: REV. Union of Concerned Scientists4.20.2017. Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont.  Vermont’s clean energy economy supports at least 17,700 sustainable jobs at 2,519 businesses, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, we will achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) by 2050.