Vermont Organization Offers $500 Rebates on Electric Vehicles

The Federal government already offers tax credits of up to $7,500 on the purchase of a new, qualifying electric car. This isn’t just a deduction: a tax credit increases your refund or decreases your amount owed rather than just affecting your taxable income. Well, if that wasn’t enough to whet your wallet, now a Vermont organization called Drive Electric Vermont is offering an additional $500 incentive for each electric car.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Electric vehicles are sometimes restricted in terms of range, though some (the Chevy Volt, for example) have backup gasoline engines, and others (e.g., Tesla models) have such a long driving range that it generally isn’t an issue. Regardless, owning an electric car means changing some habits, including getting used to charging the vehicle, sometimes over the course of hours, rather than filling gas in minutes.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

However, electric vehicles are much less expensive to drive in terms of fuel than gasoline or diesel powered vehicles. Regardless of the source of the electricity, they’re also far better for the climate, though of course the most climate-friendly way to go is to charge your vehicle with a renewable energy source like wind or solar.

Many Vermont communities now offer rapid EV charging stations, sometimes for free. For example, my credit union (Vermont State Employees Credit Union) is adding a new charging station at its Montpelier location.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Electric vehicles do tend to be a good bit more expensive than gasoline-powered vehicles, but Federal rebates and this $500 incentive can help take some of the sting out of that.

Disclaimer: Sustainable Williston has no affiliation or direct experience with Drive Electric Vermont.

People’s Climate March

Save the Date – the weekend of September 20 is the People’s Climate March in NYC.

People’s Climate March
Bill McKibben calls it an invitation “to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”

People's Climate MarchWithout a doubt, the People’s Climate March will be the largest single event on climate that has been organized to date.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a historic UN summit on climate change. Organizers are hoping the People’s Climate March will be the largest-ever demonstration demanding action on climate change.

The goal of the march is to take to the streets to demand for “a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. This is the moment to bring our different movements together, articulate our common challenges and solutions, and go big.”

See Bill McKibben’s article from Rolling Stone

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When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people and maybe you will be there to demand they take action before …

Sustainable Williston meets Wednesday, June11, at 7pm

Sustainable Williston, our town’s grassroots environmental group, meets Wednesday evening at 7pm upstairs at the Dorothy Alling Library, and anyone interested in local environmental issues is welcome.

Topics may include reducing plastic waste, the Williston Farmer’s Market, the Birth Tree Project, and more.

Wind Farm Open House This Weekend

Georgia Mountain Wind Farm


Passed on via VPIRG:

Join us in celebrating local, renewable energy in Vermont and get a chance to see an operational wind facility up close at this year’s Georgia Mountain Community Wind Open House and Wind Turbine Tours. Bring along family, friends and your camera (no pets please). Informational guides will be on site and tours will take you inside the wind turbines.

WHAT: Georgia Mountain Community Wind Open House and Wind Turbine Tours – Celebrating Local Energy and Local Jobs

WHEN: Sunday, June 8th, 1 – 4 pm

WHERE: ALL parking is at the Husky facility located at 288 North Rd. in Milton and shuttle buses will run from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, please visit our website at or contact us at

Alling Library Insulation and Weatherization Pay Off

library insulation

In a note to community members this week, Marti Fiske of the Dorothy Alling Library in Williston said,

It has been a full year since the library’s insulation and roofing project has been completed. We have been collecting usage statistics for electricity and natural gas. Compared to the average usage over two previous years, the library saved an average of 27% in natural gas and 29% in electricity in this last year. When you convert that to dollars saved that is $884 on natural gas and $325 on electricity!