Regional Energy Plan

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is developing a focused Regional Energy Plan to advance the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan’s climate and energy goals while also being consistent with municipal and regional land use plans. The Regional Energy Plan will also help to implement the recent legislation (Act 174) to improve the siting of renewable energy projects by giving towns and regions a greater voice in the Section 248 process.

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Draft Regional Energy Plan

CCRPC has completed our first round of regional energy planning. Over the next few months, we will continue to work with our municipalities and our Board to determine the direction we will take in the ECOS Plan. We have submitted an edited version of the ECOS Plan to the Department of Public Service for review, and we hope to receive feedback about whether the edits meet the Energy Planning Standards for Regional Plans by the end of the summer. Our goal is to have a draft enhanced energy element for incorporation into the ECOS Plan by December 2017.

Draft text, data and maps are available here:


Municipal Energy Data Guides

CCRPC developed Municipal Energy Data Guides for each municipality to support local planning and to assist municipalities with understanding their role in meeting their State’s energy goals. The Guides contain preliminary draft estimates of energy use and renewable energy targets. See below for the draft Data Guide for your community and for Chittenden County as a whole.

CCRPC has updated our calculations of rooftop solar capacity estimates for all municipalities. Please use the latest data (as of 5/12/2017), available here:

The list of state energy goals in the data guides has a typo.  Please note the second part of the second bullet on page 4 is referring to the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.  While municipal plans need to be consistent with this goal, analysis of greenhouse gas data is not a required part of the analysis and target standards for Act 174.

Municipal and County Data Guides:

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Public Participation

CCRPC staff have conducted presentations at various Planning Commission meetings around Chittenden County, and hosted trainings at our offices:

2017:

2016:

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LRPC Energy Sub-Committee

The CCRPC has engaged a diverse group of people with knowledge of energy and planning and who represent municipalities.  Below are the meeting materials for the committee.

Meeting # 12: September 19, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 11: August 15, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 10: July 18, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 9: May 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 8: April 18, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 7: March 21, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 6: February 21, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 5: January 31, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 4: December 20, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 3: November 15, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 2: October 18, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, CCRPC Office

Meeting # 1: September 21, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm, CCRPC office

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Resources

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Contact

For more information, please contact Melanie Needle, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846 -4490 x *27.

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Background

The CCRPC is developing a focused Regional Energy Plan to advance the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan’s climate and energy goals while also being consistent with municipal and regional land use plans.  The Regional Energy Plan will also help to implement the recent legislation (Act 174) to improve the siting of renewable energy projects by giving towns and regions a greater voice in the Section 248 process.

Act 174 requires all Regional Energy Plans to have a “Determination of Energy Compliance” from the Department of Public Service. With this determination, the Public Service Board will give “substantial deference” to the plan – meaning that regional land use policies will be considered through the Public Service Board’s approval process for certificates of public good for electric generation projects.  The Department of Public Service is working on the standards by which a regional plan would be evaluated in order to receive the “Determination of Energy Compliance.” These standards will be final November 1, 2016 and posted here.

CCRPC has begun work on getting input from municipalities on where renewable energy generation should be encouraged and where it should be avoided. This input along with guidance from the CCRPC’s Long-Range Planning Committee Energy Sub-Committee will inform the development of regional renewable energy resource maps. The Regional Energy Plan will also discuss targets for energy use and renewable energy generation, tied to the Vermont energy goal of obtaining 90% of Vermont’s energy from renewable sources by 2050. The Plan will also include specific regional land use and transportation strategies for energy efficiency and fuel switching.

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