A coalition of environmental groups and energy businesses have outlined their priorities on energy and climate change issues.
the top of their lobbying list is a seven-year, $275 million plan to
insulate and retrofit 62,000 homes.
Funding levels for the federal low income heating assistance program, commonly known as
below what they were last year, even though the state’s congressional
delegation was able to pump another $5 million into the program.
Vermont faced a possible 40 percent cut in the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance program – known as LIHEAP. But because demand for help has increased, the average LIHEAP benefit will be reduced this heating season.
The state of Vermont is set to announce an expansion of its Low Income Heating Assistance Program.
Officials say the expansion is possible because federal funds for the program have doubled this year and heating oil prices have declined in recent months.
VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.
Vermont earned $620,000 in last week’s first-ever auction of "carbon credits”; Congress has doubled home heating assistance, but community action agencies across Vermont say that still won’t cover all the needs; Brattleboro plans to buy biodiesel fuel for its school buses this year.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch talks about
a number of issues, including efforts to combat high fuel prices. We’ll
discuss proposed funding increases for the fuel assistance program and Welch’s
opposition to expanded offshore drilling.