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Spotlight on Energy

A strong advocate of energy efficiency, Rep. Welch is the author of legislation—based on the Vermont's successes—creating a national energy efficiency retrofit program. Welch unveiled the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program in Burlington in March 2009 and at a Capitol Hill press conference shortly thereafter. REEP was subsequently incorporated into America’s Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House in June.

"Our nation simply cannot afford an energy policy that leaves us dependent upon depleting resources, beholden to hostile foreign governments and responsible for degrading our environment. We must embrace a new energy future that invests in energy efficiency, develops renewable energy sources and reduces carbon pollution. By meeting the challenge of climate change head-on, we can create green jobs and save money on heating our homes and powering our cars. I will continue to do all I can to help Vermont retain its status as a leader in our new energy economy."





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Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Energy

Welch calls for full funding of LIHEAP program

November 23, 2010

As winter comes to Vermont, Rep. Peter Welch is leading the charge in the U.S. House to fully fund the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader John Boehner and leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, Welch and more than 40 colleagues are calling for LIHEAP to receive at least $5.1 billion in funding this yea... Read More

Vermont Harvests 6th Largest Share Of New Rural Renewable Energy Grants And Loans

November 9, 2010

Vermont's Congressional Delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) – reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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The Commons: "Welch touts remedies for local businesses during downtown tour"

September 22, 2010

Brattleboro may have a vibrant downtown economy, but more can be done to help local businesses stay competitive with big box stores and online retailers.

That was the message that U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., brought to town on Monday during a one-hour tour of several downtown merchants, accompanied by local government and business leaders.

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St. Albans Messenger: "Welch's Downtown Tour Hits Key Business Issues"

September 18, 2010

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Burlington Free Press: "Vermont's clean energy efforts get $140 million boost"

September 17, 2010

The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation say the state's clean energy efforts have been given a $140 million boost from federal recovery money.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is creating jobs, upgrading the energy infrastructure and laying the groundwork for future economic development.

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