Connecting & Activating Vermont Communities

REGISTER TODAY for 13th Annual VECAN Conference 2020


The 13th Annual Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will take place virtually this year. This event centers and celebrates the critical role that Vermonters in every community play in moving our state to a more clean, efficient, affordable and equitable energy future. This year’s event will feature an overview of the federal, state, and local context for climate action, and big, timely, potentially transformative opportunities. We hope that you will join us!

The conference will be four-day online series:
Saturday, December 5th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and will feature:
  • A state of energy and climate action in 2021 with a deep post-election analysis – Federal and State context
  • An overview of big, timely, potentially transformative opportunities, including the recently enacted Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act.
  • Local Energy Leaders Story Share
Monday, December 7th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm and will feature:
Five concurrent workshops on:
  • Transportation – Current resources and programs for transportation progress
  • The State of Solar – Programs to undertake today and limitations
  • State Funding for Efficiency and Weatherization Work
  • New Policy and Accountability Landscape for Climate Action – What’s on the horizon and potential collective new opportunities
  • Organizing and Communicating Online During a Pandemic – Mechanics and best practices for communicating effectively online
Wednesday, December 9th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Equity and Recovery (Co-Presented with Renewable Energy Vermont)
Hear presentations and a panel of experts overviewing:
  • VEIC’s updated Energy Burden Report.
  • Innovative programs and approaches at Burlington Electric Department to serve low-income and vulnerable Vermonters.
  • New opportunities to center equity in the new climate action and accountability framework: The Global Warming Solutions Act.

Keynote: Coreina Chan of the Rocky Mountain Institute will share findings on emerging distributed renewable energy community partnerships and strategies for serving low-income customers. She’ll share expertise on moving beyond pilot projects to embed equity principles and necessary processes into the foundation of energy and climate work.

VECAN will cover the additional $25 cost of attendance for all Energy Committee Members who wish to participate, as well as anyone else for whom the added cost may be a hurdle. Contact Bekah Kuster at to take advantage of this offer.

Friday, December 11th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (held via Zoom – details coming soon!) and will feature:

  • Resource Provider Overview
  • Regional Networking Roundtables
  • Closing