Energy Implementation Plan
In 2015, the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS), engaged three of Vermont’s eleven Regional Planning Commissions (Bennington Regional Planning Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission and the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission) in a pilot project to advance a total energy approach to regional plans consistent with the goals and policies contained in the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP).
Working with organizations such as the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Energy Action Network, the RPCs have developed model pathways to 90% renewable energy within our respective regions, identifying regional goals and actions relating to heating, transportation and electric power. These regional plans also include a mapping component which identifies areas with the potential for renewable energy generation. Additionally, the revised Energy Implementation Plan includes the identification of areas that are considered “preferred” or “unsuitable” for renewable energy generation at the Regional level.
The draft below reflects comments collected from the Department of Public Service, our Board of Directors and from citizens from our region who attended our series of public forums in September and early October. We will continue to collect public input on the Plan. It will be sent for final review to DPS in February. It will then go to formal hearings as part of the plan adoption process. Ultimately, the final version of this plan will be adopted by our Board of Directors by reference as part of the TRORC Regional Plan. We expect this Plan to meet the Standards for Enhanced Energy Planning outlined by the Department of Public Service as part of Act 174.
Draft Implementation Plan