Regional Energy Plan
Model Pathways Developed by Regional Planning Commissions to Help Communities Plan for 90% Renewable Energy.
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. This Plan includes 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 2016 or provided direct comments to staff. We will continue to collect public input on the Plan. The draft will go to formal hearings in April 2017 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.
TRORC 4/28 Draft Implementation Plan
- Appendix A TRORC LEAP Outputs and Methods
- Appendix B Energy Mapping
- Appendix C Energy Targets
- Appendix D Guide to Farming Friendly Solar
Department of Public Service Act 174 Regional/Municipal Standards and Guidance
- Standards Overview
- The detailed standards for regional plans, in checklist form with instructions, are available here.
- The detailed standards for municipal plans, in checklist form with instructions, are available here.
- Guidance for Regional Plans
- Guidance for Municipal Plans
Online Planning Map
These maps are designed to initially identify areas and follow-up on-site work is required to verify the areas are feasible for projects. They are subject to revision and are NOT intended to green-light or fast-track projects.
- Unsuitable Areas – Includes FEMA Floodways, National Wilderness areas, and Class 1 wetlands. These areas are not shown in the constraint or prime areas.
- Constraint Generation Areas – Constraint areas include generation potential areas that may impact the siting of renewable energy generation facilities, but do not necessarily preclude their development. This includes areas such as source protection areas, deer wintering areas, habitat blocks, prime agricultural soils, etc. These areas are identified as locations with potential on the maps, but are colored to identify that they have a possible constraint that might have an impact on development potential. These areas are shown on the maps as constraints. Additional areas with known constraints supplied by DPS are not shown on the map as orange but are not precluded as unsuitable. The EIP text intentionally does not distinguish between known or possible constraints as both areas may be feasible to develop on a case by case basis.
- Prime Generation Areas- Include generation potential areas that have raw potential and that are not identified in an unsuitable or known constraint area.
- Raw Generation Areas- Include initial generation potential areas on the maps that may have unsuitable areas or constraint areas present.
The areas that show the known and possible constraint areas are also available below on the map.
- Known Constraints (shown as one solid layer): Vernal Pools (confirmed and unconfirmed layers), DEC River Corridors, FEMA Floodways, State-significant Natural Communities and Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species, Wilderness Areas, including National Wilderness Areas, Class 1 and Class 2 Wetlands (VSWI and advisory layers)
- Possible Constraints (shown as one solid layer): Agricultural Soils (VT Agriculturally Important Soil Units), Hydric Soils, FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas, ANR Protected Lands, Act 250 Agricultural Soil Mitigation areas, Deer Wintering Areas, ANR’s Vermont Conservation Design Highest Priority Forest Block Datasets: Connectivity, Interior, Physical Land Division