TRORC staff have collected a range of resources for our communities and their energy committees to assist with their energy planning efforts. This list does not reflect all of the available internet resources related to energy, energy efficiency or energy planning, but is intended to get you started.
Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC)
The Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Community Action Councils around the country, with the stated purpose of the elimination of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation by opening to everyone the opportunity to live in decency and dignity. The CVAC Weatherization Program provides energy audits and energy renovation and do-it-yourself weatherization programs for Vermonters who are in thier service area and meet income guidelines.
Clean Air - Cool Planet
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) is an organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. For the Local Energy Committee, CA-CP can offer technical assistance and useful tools to help implement and Energy Plan.
Efficiency Vermont is an independent, non-profit organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. They provide technical assistance and financial resources and incentives to Vermont's households and businesses to reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment and lighting, and with energy-efficient approaches to construction and renovation.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.
Renewable Energy Vermont
REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of power in Vermont. Our membership is continually broadening, reflecting a shared perspective that renewable energy is the best solution building a clean, sustainable and secure energy future.
Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)
SERG is a local, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that promotes energy conservation, efficiency and renewables through the formation of town energy committees to help residents, businesses and the municipalities reduce energy consumption, save money, increase the sustainable use of renewables, strengthen the local economy and improve the environment. SERG has helped form and are consulting with Town Energy Committees in numerous Vermont and New Hampshire communities.
Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN)
VECAN is a network of statewide Vermont organizations helping communities across the Green Mountain State to reduce energy costs and climate impacts through conservation, increased energy efficiency and conversion to renewable energy sources. VECAN project partners include 10% Challenge Program, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sierra Club, Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
VECAN's web site offers a wide range of resources and is one Vermont's better sources of information for energy committees..
Idle-Free VT Inc. is a Vermont non-profit corporation and grassroots campaign formed to address the issue of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked or in drive through lanes) in Vermont. Its main goal is to raise awareness of idling. It also advocates enactment of Vermont idling legislation. Idle-Free VT seeks to achieve its goals through media exposure, forming coalitions, petitioning, working with legislators, and encouraging local activism (town ordinances or resolutions and school policies).
Energy Atlas of Vermont
The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont is a tool for identifying, analyzing, and visualizing existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects. Users can identify their town or region (or several towns or county/counties) and select from a thorough suite of renewable energy options: biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind. Users can save their map and analysis as a unique URL or export to a PDF.
Small Town Carbon Calculator (STOCC)
This tool, created by Clean Air-Cool Planet (see above) makes creating a greenhouse gas and energy inventory simpler. STOCC was developed to serve the needs of small towns addressing the growing costs of municipal energy use and emissions. By using STOCC, you can help your town understand and assess where you spend the most money on energy as well as the sources of the majority of your greenhouse gas emissions.