The Public Service Department is pleased to share this draft of the updated Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). This draft includes significant contributions from other state agencies including the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Agency of Human Services, and the Agency of Transportation. It also reflects the extensive feedback received from Vermonters at 8 public and stakeholder meetings and through written comments submitted before drafting commenced. We welcome public comments and suggestions for improvement as we work to finalize this plan by the end of the year. Comments are welcome in writing via the comment form at the CEP project website, until November 9, 2015. The PSD will hold five public hearings on this draft, at which members of the public may learn more about this plan and provide formal written or oral comments. These events will be held in Lyndonville on October 7, Essex on October 13, Montpelier on October 21, Bellows Falls on October 26, and Rutland on October 29. Details for each event are on the project webpage.