An Analysis of Decarbonization Methods in Vermont

This study, requested by the Vermont legislature through Act 11 in June 2018, provides objective information on methods to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Vermont. The state of Vermont’s GHG emissions have been increasing since 2011, and the state is not currently on a pathway to meeting its various emissions targets. Vermonters have made progress implementing policies to reduce GHG emissions, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Efficiency Vermont, zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) standards and more. However, in the absence of federal leadership, additional state policy will likely be required to meet the state’s emissions targets. This report discusses two classes of policies that Vermont can pursue to further advance decarbonization in the state: (a) carbon pricing policies, such as carbon taxes or cap-and-trade programs, and (b) nonpricing policies, such as financial incentives, mandates, or direct investments.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 146p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01692518
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 2019 4:45PM