Along with dozens of other organizations and groups, 350Vermont is a member of the Energy Independent Vermont (EIV) coalition. Led by VPIRG, together, we are advocating to put a price on carbon pollution here in Vermont. We want a policy that reduces the emissions contributing to climate change, while also realizing economic justice for all people in Vermont.
The latest proposal for carbon pricing in Vermont is called the ESSEX plan. ESSEX = An Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy Exchange. ESSEX was first unveiled in November 2017 at the Vermont Energy and Climate Summit. A bill (S.284) has been introduced in the Vermont Senate, and a similar house bill is expected by late January. In a nutshell, the ESSEX plan would kick back the revenue generated from a fossil fuel tax to residents, businesses, and institutions via deep reductions in electricity rates.