Carol Weston promoted to Efficiency Vermont Director
Efficiency Vermont has named longtime staff leader and lifelong Vermonter Carol Weston as the energy efficiency utility’s new director. Weston has been with Efficiency Vermont for nearly a decade, most recently serving as Efficiency Vermont’s Director of Operations.
Weston will replace former Efficiency Vermont Director Rebecca Foster, who is transitioning to the role of CEO of VEIC – the Winooski-based non-profit organization that operates Efficiency Vermont under an order of appointment from the Vermont Public Utility Commission. Foster will continue to work closely with Efficiency Vermont leadership in her new role.
“The business acumen and financial rigor Carol brings to her work have been critical to Efficiency Vermont’s ability to deliver cost-effective programs that help Vermonters save money and support our state’s clean energy goals,” said Foster. “Under Carol’s leadership, and with her strong relationships with key partners, I leave this position with great confidence that Efficiency Vermont is in the most capable hands.”
As Director of Operations, Weston was responsible for the management and stewardship of Efficiency Vermont’s budgets and programs. Under her leadership, Efficiency Vermont achieved several key outcomes including:
- Achieving all energy savings goals set by the Public Utility Commission in the 2018-2020 performance period while spending nearly $3.5 million less than the approved three-year budget.
- Enabling a reduction to the Energy Efficiency Charge paid by Vermont electric customers and freeing up funds that the Vermont Legislature directed to new weatherization support for moderate-income families.
- In 2020, launching the highest-ever weatherization incentives for moderate income Vermonters, resulting in 1,175 comprehensive weatherization projects across the state.
- Administering the Indoor Air Quality Grant Program created by the Vermont Legislature in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, investing $16.3 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds toward projects to improve air quality in 365 Vermont schools.
“As a lifelong Vermonter, I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the people of my home state,” said Weston. “I’m inheriting an incredibly dedicated and skillful team that’s excited to help Vermont meet its goals to cost-effectively fight climate change, and help every Vermonter harness the power of energy efficiency to make living here more affordable and more sustainable.”
Prior to joining Efficiency Vermont, Weston served as City Engineer and Capital Improvement Program Manager for the City of Burlington. A professional civil engineer by training, Weston holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Tufts University.
About Efficiency Vermont
As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 12.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program for sustained excellence award for the last six consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at www.efficiencyvermont.com.
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