Rights & Democracy envisions a new energy system that disrupts the status quo of how we produce, own, and use energy by putting the power in the hands of the people.
Vermont would benefit from a system that does not allow our natural energy resources to be financially strip mined for the benefit of distant communities and distant owners. We need to keep that power, and those profits, here at home to benefit all Vermonters.
An energy independent Vermont would meet our goal of generating 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050 while also providing clean jobs and clean power in communities throughout the state, and a healthier environment for all Vermonters.
Sign on and support these principles of Energy Democracy and send a message to the Vermont Public Service Board, The Department of Public Service, state legislators, utility executives, and Gov. Phil Scott that Vermont’s energy policies need to put the future of Vermont’s power in the hands of the people.
We hosted a recent Take Action Tuesday call on Energy Democracy. Check out our webinar recording from the call!
We are calling for Energy Democracy—an open, democratic approach to determining our future, and creating sustainable, livable communities that empower residents to own their energy and that is guided by some straightforward principles:
Allow for diverse voices to make key decisions for Vermont’s renewable energy future, not just utilities, lobbyists, and regulators;
Ensure that the transition to renewable power produces green jobs, and allows individuals and communities to transition to becoming completely self-reliant, if not net zero;
Improve access not only to renewable power, but also to the ability to own it, with a goal of 75% of energy used in the state being owned locally — with key support for municipal, cooperative and community ownership models;
Lower the financial barriers to participating in renewable energy investments and ownership so that all Vermonters regardless of income or property ownership status has a stake in the transition;
No renewable energy source should off the table for a community to evaluate;
Keep the benefits of renewable energy generation local, including renewable energy credits; and,
Guarantee that no family has to spend more than 5% of their income paying for energy.
Sign our petition below and let us know if you'd like to volunteer on our Energy Democracy campaign.