Act 174 Energy Planning
Act 174 encourages comprehensive energy planning on the regional and town levels throughout the state of Vermont. As a result of Act 174, the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) throughout the state have been tasked and received funding to generate regional energy plans. These plans will be a tool for the implementation of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), which sets a goal for the state of 90% of all energy used in Vermont to be sourced by renewable energy by 2050. The regional plans are also intended to inform future iterations of the CEP. The RPCs will receive technical support, especially data, from the Department of Public Service, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), and the Energy Action Network.
Windham Regional Commission will be offering technical assistance to the towns in the region by providing current use data and target use data to each of the towns. The WRC has also received funding to assist at least 3 towns with custom technical assistance in which the WRC will aid the towns in going through the comprehensive energy planning process and ensure there is internal consistency with the rest of the town’s plan.
On this page is background information on the statute as well as current updates as the WRC works on the energy planning process. The first draft of the Regional Energy Plan will be developed for May 31, 2017 with the final expected to be accepted in February 2018.
(new) Guideline Documents for Municpal Energy Plans: PDF
(new) Guideline Documents for Regional Energy Plans: PDF
Draft discussion on current energy use and projected use for Windham Region, posted Feb. 23, 2016: PDF (2 Mb)
Regional Energy Planning Work Maps, posted Feb. 21, 2016: PDF (3.8 Mb)
Solicitation of Towns to Participate in Town Energy Planning Element Pilot: PDF
Power Point Presentation from WRC Municipal Energy Planning Meeting, December 7, 2016: PDF
Background and Resources:
Act 174, full text of the Act: click here
Act 174 FAQ: PDF
(new) Act 174 Flow Chart: PDF
Act 174 Regional and Municipal Planning Standards Overview, from the Public Service Department: click here
Final Energy Planning Standards from the Public Service Department: click here
Public Service Department Energy Planning Page: click here