Rep. Yantachka honored for his work on renewable energy


State Rep. Mike Yantachka of Charlotte recently was honored by Renewable Energy Vermont at its 18th annual conference and exposition.

The clean-energy advocacy group announced awards to acknowledge contributions of individuals and organizations toward addressing climate change and promoting renewable energy.

Yantachka, a Democrat, was named Renewable Energy Legislative Champion for his work to further renewable energy policy for the state.

A member of the House Energy and Technology Committee, Yantachka last session worked to steer federal Volkswagen settlement dollars to be used for electric transportation. He also sponsored legislation to cut costs for and enable new renewable generation equipment on existing developed areas such as parking lots and rooftops.

In accepting the award, Yantachka said the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear in its message that the world must reduce its dependence on fossil fuels in the next 12 years. 

“We can’t wait for the federal government to take action under the current administration. We will not wish this problem away,” Yantachka said. “Vermont, with other states in our region and across the country, must act now to take steps to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, especially in the transportation and heating sectors of energy consumption.”

The group also honored The Old Spokes Home in Burlington with its Renewable Energy Innovation Award for the company’s work to help Vermonters regardless of income find environmentally friendly transportation. And the Renewable Energy Champion Award went to Norm Etkind of Woodbury for his work to promote wood as a heating source for public school buildings in Vermont.

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