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The energy transformation ("Tier III") provisions of Act 56, passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2015, set targets for reducing consumption of fossil fuels and production of greenhouse gases. Electric utilities have been tasked with implementing programs to help their customers transition from fossil fuels to electric or other renewable sources. The requirement starts in 2017 at 2 percent of electricity sales (BTU equivalency) and rises each year until it reaches 12 percent in 2032. To be eligible, an energy transformation project must result in a net reduction in fossil fuels.

The programs that Co-op is offering through the Energy Transformation Program in 2017 are outlined below. Click here to read the full version of VEC's 2017 Plan. 

Cold-Climate Heat Pump Incentive Program 

Heating contributes about a third of Vermont’s carbon emissions, making it an important target for carbon reductions. Cold-climate heat pumps (ccHPs) provide an opportunity for Vermonters to reduce the amount of oil or propane they use to heat their homes. VEC is partnering with Efficiency Vermont to offer VEC members an extra incentive to install cold climate heat pumps in their homes and businesses. In 2017 all VEC members who install a cold-climate heat pump will be eligible to obtain a one-time $150 bill credit in addition to the Efficiency Vermont's incentive, which reduces the cost of installation.  

Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

The transportation sector contributes nearly half of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) offer opportunities to reduce carbon emissiones, and the technology has continued to improve with better range and cold weather performance. As a means of promoting EVs and PHEVs, VEC will offer a $250 bill credit for the purchase of new or used EVs and PHEVs purchased in 2017. Members who lease an EV or PHEV in 2017 will be eligible for an upfront bill credit of $50 for each year of the lease. 

Clean Air Program

VEC’s Clean Air Program (CAP) offers customized opportunities to members with off-grid or underserved homes or businesses to replace fossil fuel usage with electricity. These opportunities may include service upgrades or line extensions, the costs of which will be shared between the utility and the member through customized agreements. For example, someone in VEC's service territory who has a maple sugaring operation currently powered by a diesel or propane generator may be eligible to participate in the Clean Air Program and receive an incentive from VEC for the cost of a line extension to retire the generator. Contact VEC at 1-800-832-2667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a project that you think might be eligible for the Clear Air Program. 

For more information about any of the VEC Tier III programs please contact us at 1-800-832-2667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.