Green Mountain Power Partners with Customers to Exceed Carbon Reduction Goals by 40% in 2019, Delivering Affordable Ways to Cut Carbon and Costs
Rebates on Electric Vehicles, Heat Pumps, Electric Bikes and More Are Renewed for 2020
8 January 2020
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is building on the success of its customer programs to cut carbon and costs by renewing rebates for 2020 – helping customers find affordable options on electric vehicles, bikes and lawnmowers, heat pumps, and more. GMP launched the rebates in 2019 to reduce costs and customers’ carbon footprints, and customers responded by making thousands of purchases – offsetting 156 million lifetime pounds of carbon, equal to taking 15,000 fossil-fueled vehicles off the road for a year.
Vermont’s two biggest sources of carbon emissions are driving and heating, and rebates focus on helping address those two pollution problems, enabled through the state’s renewable energy standard. Switching to electric power is cleaner than driving or heating with fossil fuels because GMP’s power supply is 90% carbon free and 60% renewable, with a commitment to be 100% carbon free in five years, 100% renewable by 2030.
“I so appreciate Green Mountain Power’s commitment to going green and giving incentives to those who choose to buy, or in my case lease, electric vehicles. I feel proud to live in Vermont, where our power company and the state are working together to prepare for climate change,” said customer Alison Macrae in a thank-you note.
Macrae received a $1,500 GMP rebate when she switched to an electric Nissan Leaf Plus. She also got a free Level 2 home charger through GMP. All of GMP’s customer programs are designed to help reduce costs for all customers, including non-participants.
The rebates helped GMP, working with customers, exceed aggressive 2019 carbon reduction goals by 40 percent. Other key factors were partnerships with business customers, which helped those customers cut carbon emissions and their operating costs. GMP business partnerships completed in 2019 will offset 91.3 million pounds of carbon by switching from fossil fuels to electricity to run key parts of the businesses.
“Going with electricity over propane is an important way we are saving money. This project regulates the pool temperatures better, makes our customers happy, and we couldn’t have done this without GMP,” said Joe Major, executive director of the Upper Valley Aquatics Center, which hosts 300,000 visitors each year in White River Junction. GMP worked with Efficiency Vermont on the project to install new electric boilers.
Mocha Joe’s Roasting Co. in Brattleboro switched from a propane-fueled air filtration system for its coffee roasting operation, to an electric one, which will save money, offset 1.8 million pounds of carbon, and reduce the coffee company’s fossil fuel consumption by about 84 percent. They will use the savings to invest in their business and employees.
“We really care about our carbon footprint and try to do everything we can to reduce waste and our impact on the environment. This wouldn’t have happened without GMP, and now we can put that savings toward salaries for employees, and not fossil fuel,” said Pierre Capy, Mocha Joe’s owner.
In all, GMP’s 2019 rebates and business innovation programs will offset more than 269 million pounds of carbon – the equivalent of taking 25,000 fossil-fueled vehicles off the road for a year.
A new state report just out also shows Vermont’s electric utilities are helping make a difference cutting carbon. The Department of Environmental Conservation Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Analysis says utilities are responsible for 40 percent of a newly-verified statewide carbon emissions reduction between 2015 and 2016, and the analysis predicts even greater ongoing reductions due to work by Vermont’s utilities.
GMP’s Business Innovation Team is also expanding its suite of EV offerings for business customers, helping them save when they electrify their fleets and install charging stations. GMP’s rebate for electric forklifts is also going up to $3,000. The team offers free consultations for businesses plus expert advice, custom plans to help companies reduce energy use, carbon and costs, and financial incentives to get the work done.
GMP’s rebates will continue until June 30. More details are available on GMP’s website or customers can call 888-835-4672.
Save up to $2,500 on EVs
Save $400 on heat pumps
Save $200 on e-bikes
Save $50 on electric mowers
Businesses interested in free consultations to see how they can reduce carbon and costs with GMP’s expert advice should call 888-835-4672 and ask for the Business Innovation Team.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019, GMP was named “One of the Best Places To Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power