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From the Climate Solutions Caucus

* The Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688) recently passed the House on a strong vote of 105-37 and turns Vermont’s goals for carbon emission reductions into requirements. It requires the state to create a plan for meeting these targets and gives individuals a cause-of-action tool for court intervention if Vermont fails to develop or effectively enact its plan.

• A bill to help educate and license Vermont’s relevant workforce on energy goals and ways to achieve them (S.220) is moving through the Senate’s Government operations committee.

• A renewable energy standard bill that would get us to 100% renewable by 2030 (S.267), is moving through the Senate’s Finance committee with strong debate on some of the other provisions in the bill, including the role of Hydro Quebec in Vermont’s portfolio. 

• An “all-fuels” efficiency bill originating in the Senate (S.337) is advancing to the House and pushes our efficiency utilities to expand the scope of their work beyond electricity and into thermal and transportation sectors.

• The Senate Transportation committee is developing a bill that commits Vermont to joining the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), if certain trigger criteria are met. TCI is a proposed regional, twelve-state cap-and-invest program with the stated goals of reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector, which accounts for about 30% of the country’s economy.

For a bill to move forward this session, it must be voted out by all relevant policy committees by March 13, and approved by a money committee —like Appropriations or Ways and Means — by March 20 if it includes any proposed spending, taxes or fees. After those “crossover” deadlines, policy ideas can still be tucked into other bills that are on the move. 

Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus

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