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. Also included with this draft is a siting guide and template language that communities may consider as they attempt to craft town plan language that addresses renewable energy generation. Because of the specific requirements of this pilot project, this Implementation Plan does not focus on energy issues that must be dealt with at the state level, instead it proposes action items that can be acted on at the regional and local level.
The draft below reflects comments collected from the Department of Public Service 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 January, and 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 as part of the TRORC Regional Plan or by reference as a stand alone document.
Draft Implementation Plan
Appendices (please note that several appendices are pending and unavailable at this time)
- Appendix A: LEAP System Modeling methodology and data report
- Appendix B: Energy Mapping (Draft – Revised 9/7/16)
- Appendix C: Renewable Energy Targets (Draft – Revised 9/7/16)
- Appendix D: Renewable Facility Siting Draft Language (Pending Enhanced Energy Planning Standards from DPS)
- Appendix E: Solar siting and Agriculture, TRORC, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Pending)
For more information, contact Chris Sargent at [email protected] or 802-457-3188 ext. 12.