Roll Call! Senate Votes to Expand Scope of Energy Tax and Subsidize Program (28-2), 2020


in the State Senate
on May 19, 2020, by a vote of

Purpose: The bill would give electric utilities like Efficiency Vermont the option to spend up to $2 million of their ratepayer-generated funds on transportation (electric cars) and heating efficiency projects, in addition to their electricity efficiency projects. This program would be allowed for limited time frame of 3 years.

Analysis: Those voting YES believe that the bill will help lower carbon emissions, by making utilities “free to innovate.” While Vermont produces a small fraction of carbon emissions, successful experiments with efficiency may be replicated across other governments, allowing Vermont’s climate programs to cause significant reduction in emissions.

Those voting NO believe this bill will increase ratepayers’ electric bills. Currently, electric utilities have a government mandated mission of reducing ratepayers’ electricity usage and the price of electricity. This bill would subvert this goal in the name of prioritizing a reduction of carbon emissions. Vermont’s utilities would be given permission to subsidize electric vehicles and raise electric rates as necessary to achieve lower emissions. Without this legislation, we could imagine a sunset on the funds taken from Vermonters and used for achieving greater efficiency. With this legislation, that sunset would disappear, leaving Vermonters with little choice but to perpetually subsidize all manner of energy projects, which will become progressively more expensive as we painstakingly shrink Vermont’s minimal carbon footprint.

As Recorded in the Senate Journal, Tuesday, May 19, 2020:S. 337. An act relating to energy efficiency entities and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors. Was read the third time and passed, on a roll call, Yeas 28, Nays 2.” (Read the Journal, p. 4).

How They Voted

Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) – YES
Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland) – YES
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
James McNeil (R-Rutland) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Corey Parent (R-Franklin) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Andrew Perchlik (D-Washington) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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Bruce elmore May 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

As usual we are getting fucked by the democrats


Karl Duffy June 20, 2020 at 2:02 am

What are these people thinking, (.both Dems & Republicans )!
Why the rush in Vermont.. why must we try to lead the way when our impact would be nearly zero! Are these folks not aware of our energy of the future which is slated to start in ernest this fall ( actually now recently started in California!) Major US Corporations are investing huge amounts of Capitol onto the new technology. Get off the political games and get real and informed. Any doubts, check w/the major financial institutions,investment bankers, auto manufactures,utility companies and our national Dept. of Defense… all of which are” all in”. One has only to ask our auto manufacturers
Their plans for production starting now!
In Vermont we could be creating substantial costs for our already over taxed citizens and for what benefit…. if it’s a back door way to address the huge state deficit created by our legislators and it’s liberaL leadership ,it’s wrong! Wonder where the new tax dollars would go and how the dollars would be spent…hasen’t been much said about this.
We need to “can “ this, recognize the new technology of the future which is just now starting to roll out! This technology is projected by our government,auto industry, financial institutions, and the energy sector, among many others to render wind, solar and nuclear
To the position of very minor players! To go forward with what the Vt. House has passed is insane!


Karl Duffy June 20, 2020 at 2:20 am

To be very them what you wish…. the energy tax , solar tax, carbon tax must be put on HOLD for now! No more new taxes for an already over-taxed state!
Dig deep and find ways to reduce expenses resulting from overspending as a result of weak legislative leadership. Again, our representatives are urged to consider checking with the auto industry for where the are headed! In the meantime keep these expensive
Propositions off our backs and address the spending and deficit issues.


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