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.

TRORC Energy Implementation Plan

Appendices

Town Data and Maps are available on the Town Pages

Department of Public Service Act 174 Regional/Municipal Standards and Guidance

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

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