EFG, working in collaboration with the Cadmus Group, and Stockholm Environment Institute, has been supporting the State of Vermont in the analysis of pathways to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Pathways indicate that a combination of a decarbonized electric grid, continued energy efficiency, electrification for buildings and transportation, and the select use of biofuels, enable meeting the 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets. The overall economic benefits of reduced imported fossil fuels and higher efficiency outweigh the costs for transitioning to a cleaner energy future. The research also highlights how program and policy design choices are important to ensure the transitions are done in just and equitable fashion. A selection of the reports and analyses prepared under contract with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, are available below.
- Vermont Pathways 2.0 Report and Appendices, Feb 11, 2022 Version
- Marginal Abatement Cost Curves, EFG/Cadmus/SEI, September 2022
The Marginal Abatement Cost Curve Report – Errata: Due to a calculation anomaly in the modeling, Appendix Tables B and C, indicate that when district heating is removed from the central mitigation scenario, emissions decrease. This is not consistent with our team’s analyses and we do not conclude or expect that district heating will lead to higher emissions.
- Appendix D for the Comprehensive Energy Plan, which is SEI NESCAUM document with details on Emissions Reductions Pathways for Vermont that were used as basis for our LEAP modeling
- Appendix E for the Comprehensive Energy Plan, which is a slide deck from SEI on the LEAP model used for the CEP