The upfront cost of weatherization is high. State officials hope programs will help Vermonters afford it.
Great River Hydro will remain a separate entity and retain its approximately 100 employees, according to officials.
Daniel Banyai is scheduled to appear in a Rutland courtroom on Nov. 4, when the town of Pawlet will argue he has not complied with a court order requiring him to dismantle structures on his property.
“To list the many significant places that have been protected because of funding or legislation initiated by Sen. Leahy would take longer than even you have the stamina to listen to,” said Gaye Symington, former speaker of the Vermont House.
After residents voted against selling their local utility to Vermont Electric Cooperative, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority has coordinated contracts with other municipal electric companies and line workers while the local government weighs options.
The batteries act like generators, providing a backup when the grid goes down and kicking in during periods of high energy usage, which lowers prices for ratepayers.
“We're used to our rich hardwood, northern forests — that's the landscape we're really familiar with in Vermont,” The Nature Conservancy’s spokesperson said. “This is so different.”
Together, a number of programs could give drivers thousands of dollars in incentives toward an electric vehicle — but not everyone can stack those perks.
“Parents and caregivers can take comfort in knowing that the water their kids are consuming at their school and child care is now safer,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine.
“Every part of our policy program is infused and concentrated on climate change and environmental justice — the most modern and relevant environmental issues that people who want to make change need to study,” said Jennifer Rushlow, dean of the new Vermont School for the Environment.