Total Energy News - September 2018
Your update on Vermont and National Energy News
Hi there,

We're getting into the busy fall season, with lots of educational events and conferences coming up in the next few months, including another chance for you to learn more about the findings and data in our 2017 Annual Report. See below and on our website for details of these events.

In addition, we're already starting to look ahead towards our 2018 Report, and we want to hear from you. How have you used the 2017 Report? What elements were particularly useful to you, and what would you like to see different in 2018? Please fill out this survey to share your thoughts.

With that, enjoy September's Total Energy News!

Cheers,
The EAN Team
The Vermont Total Energy Ticker
Total Energy
The latest Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report found that Vermont lost 320 clean energy jobs last year, the first decline in recent memory. However, thermal and efficiency jobs remain a significant, strong piece of that economy, which mirrors national trends. According to a new report , the energy efficiency sector employs 2.25 million workers nationally, or twice the number of workers as all fossil fuel sectors combined.
Transportation
The Scott Administration this week unveiled the new grant program for electric vehicle charging stations. This program is part of the Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Trust, from which Vermont is set to receive nearly $19 million for specific clean transportation projects. Stay tuned for information on an electric school and transit bus pilot program that will be announced later this fall.
Electric
A new Synapse report found that Vermont solar saved almost $20 million for utilities and ratepayers by reducing peak demand this summer. Solar installations helped offset air conditioning usage caused by record high temperatures this summer.

That's not all - GMP also reported $500,000 in savings from Tesla Powerwalls this summer, an encouraging sign of the multiple benefits of energy storage.
Data Download
As summer turns into fall, Vermonters start to think about how they'll stay warm this winter. Renewable heating options are consistently lower cost and more stable and predictable than their fossil fuel counterparts, as demonstrated by this chart of fuel prices from 1998-2018.

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What's coming up?
REV2018 is coming up quickly and registration is open now! The theme of REV2018 is REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together.

REV2018 is excited to welcome Gordon Van Welie, President & CEO of ISO New England as Thursday's keynote speaker and Katherine Hamilton, Chair of 38 North Solutions as Friday's keynote speaker.

When: October 18 & 19
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in So. Burlington, Vermont
Member Spotlight
Sarah Brock, Vital Communities
"We developed Weatherize Upper Valley to show how many more people we can help simply by working together. Weatherize makes it easy for homeowners to save money and stay warm with help from local volunteers and contractors."

Deeper Dives
California Gov. Jerry Brown casually unveils history’s most ambitious climate target
California's Governor just set a goal of achieving net carbon neutrality across the entire economy. David Roberts explains why that is such a big deal.
Vox, Read More
Is cap and trade the climate solution?
States with cap and trade policies (California and the RGGI states) have largely shown decreases in greenhouse gas emissions, and the policies are intended to grow stronger in the near future.
Utility Dive, Read More
The modern automobile must die
Despite being a leader in renewable electricity adoption, Germany is likely to fall short of their greenhouse gas goals. Why? The continued reliance on fossil fuel powered cars.
Grist, Read More
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