Vermont’s strong reputation for programs and policies that support the environment have enticed many entrepreneurs who value environmental quality to look to Vermont to relocate and for other “green” opportunities.
Vermont’s clean energy sector includes globally-recognized leaders in the green economy, including companies that research, design, construct, and install wind, solar, and hydroelectric systems; use biomass as a thermal heat source; and provide energy efficiency services such as system controls, weatherization, and equipment upgrades.
For more than 75 years, Vermont has hosted innovative approaches to ensuring that clean energy sources are available for homeowners and businesses. In 1941, the first large wind turbine to connect to the electric grid was on Grandpa’s Knob outside of West Rutland, Vermont. Today the state leads the industry again, this time with the development of weather forecasting models used to manage the detailed operations of the electric grid – a critical tool given the rapid growth in weather-related wind and solar energy generation.
The total number of Vermonters employed in the clean energy industry has grown by 29% since 2013, and now tops over 17,000. Vermont has more solar jobs per capita than any other state.
Vermont is unique in having established the first state-wide electric efficiency utility in the country. Efficiency Vermont has worked with thousands of homeowners and businesses to reduce electricity and fuel use, offering rebates and performance-based incentives for energy improvements, paired with technical support and services.
Green Mountain Power, the state’s largest utility, recently became the first U.S. utility to sell batteries from electric-car company Tesla to its customers — just one of the new technologies the utility has embraced to deliver clean power products to residents. As the result of electric utilities working with local partners to build charging stations, Vermont has the second highest rate of ownership of electric powered vehicles in the eastern United States.
Both Burlington Electric and the Washington Electric Cooperative are able to provide their customers with 100 percent renewably sourced electricity. The State of Vermont as a whole has established a target for meeting 90% of its energy needs with renewable sources by the year 2050 in order to address the potential damages of climate change.
Complementing and facilitating the state’s concentration of green business activity are the University of Vermont, which has one of the nation’s largest environmental studies programs, and Vermont Law School, a national leader in environmental law.
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
Of Vermont's workforce are employed in clean energy
Growth in clean energy employment since 2013
Burlington, VT is the 1st U.S. city to be powered by renewable energy
[Source: Renewable Energy Vermont]
REPRESENTATIVE VERMONT COMPANIES IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND GREEN BUSINESSES
|AllEarth Renewables||3612 Power Supplies||Northwest||Williston||30|
|Burlington Electric Department||4911 Electric Companies||Northwest||Burlington||120|
|Draker||3829 Measuring/Controlling Devices||Northwest||Burlington||25|
|Dynapower Corp||3612 Power Supplies; 3629 Electrical Apparatus Nec||Northwest||South Burlington||175|
|Efficiency Vermont||4911 Electric Companies||Northwest||Burlington||116|
|Green Mountain Power||4911 Electric Companies||Northwest||Colchester||522|
|Northern Power Systems||3511 Turbines/Generators||Central||Barre||75|
|Northern Reliability||3612 Power Supplies||Central||Waitsfield||16|
|NRG Systems, Inc.||3829 Measuring/Controlling Devices||Northwest||Hinesburg||109|
|SunCommon||4931 Solar & Wind Power Generation||Central||Waterbury Center||65|
|Vermont Electric Cooperative||4911 Electric Companies||Northeast||Johnson||105|
|Vermont Electric Power Company||4911 Electric Companies||Southern||Rutland||151|
|Vermont Energy Investment Corporation||8742 Business/Management Services||Northwest||Burlington||115|