Local Energy Planning Resources
Energy planning has been a required element of municipal planning in Vermont for over 20 years. Section 4382 of Chapter 117 (Vermont’s Land Use Law) lays out what an energy chapter must include. In practice, however, energy planning is interconnected with planning for many other areas, including land use, transportation, and natural resources. Undertaking energy planning in the context of Town Planning is an important way to make the connection between these elements with mutually supportive policies and actions. This helps create a robust plan that advances a town’s goals comprehensively.
The recently released Energy Planning and Implementation Guide for Vermont Communities and additional resources are available on the Vermont Natural Resources Council website, and provide a good overview of how to conduct energy planning within the context of Town Planning.