Vermont has long been a leader in electric energy efficiency programs in the region and the nation, featuring high levels of investment and strong energy savings targets. Under Act 61 of 2005, Vermont seeks to investment in “all reasonably available, cost-effective energy efficiency savings” as determined by the Public Service Board. In order to facilitate this, the Board has authorized three energy efficiency utilities to provide customer energy efficiency services, including Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric Department, and Vermont Gas Systems. The state determines its savings targets and investments every three years through its Demand Resources Plan Proceeding.
Complementing energy efficiency policies is a recently enacted law requiring retail electric suppliers to implement energy transformation projects related to the electrification of heating and transportation sectors in a manner that reduces fossil fuel consumption. Strategic electrification is a major component of the state's 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan.
Vermont was first state in the nation to enact 2015 model energy codes for residential and commercial buildings.
Policy & Program Information
Vermont at a Glance
|Direct Jobs in Energy Efficiency||8,585|
|Electric Efficiency Program Expenditures||$46.6 million|
|Gas Efficiency Program Expenditures||$2.23 million|
|Per Capita Expenditures||$86.62|
|Annual Electric Savings||113,112 MWh|
|Electric Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||2.06%|
|Annual Gas Savings||822,706 therms|
|Gas Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||0.68%|