Regional Energy Plan
2018 ECOS Plan/Regional Energy Plan Receives Affirmative Determination of Energy Compliance
The Chittenden County Regional Energy Plan, part of the 2018 ECOS Plan, received an affirmative determination of energy compliance from the Department of Public Service on August 9, 2018. | View the certification documents »
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) has developed 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 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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Regional Energy Plan
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) adopted the 2018 ECOS Plan on June 20, 2018, an update to the 2013 ECOS Plan.
This 2018 update focused mainly on updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and will serve as the Region’s Enhanced Energy Plan.
The Vermont Department of Public Service held a public hearing on August 6, 2018 to provide input on the 2018 ECOS Plan. | View the public hearing presentation here »
The Plan received an affirmative determination of energy compliance from the Department of Public Service on August 9, 2018. | View the certification documents here »
For more information about the plan and public process, please visit the ECOS website.
Municipal Energy Data Guides
CCRPC developed Municipal Energy Data Guides in early 2017 and updated them in February 2018. The new Municipal Energy Data Guides for each municipality are below. These guides are intended to support local planning and to assist municipalities with understanding their role in meeting their State’s energy goals.
- Bolton »
- Buels Gore »
- Burlington »
- Charlotte »
- Colchester »
- Essex and Essex Junction »
- Hinesburg »
- Huntington »
- Jericho »
- Milton »
- Richmond »
- Shelburne »
- South Burlington »
- St. George »
- Underhill »
- Westford »
- Williston »
- Winooski »
CCRPC staff have conducted presentations at various Planning Commission meetings around Chittenden County, and hosted trainings at our offices:
- July 27, 2017: Shelburne Planning Commission »
- July 6, 2017: Huntington Energy Committee »
- June 27, 2017: Colchester Planning Commission
- June 1, 2017: Westford Energy Committee
- May 23, 2017: Burlington Planning Commission Meeting
- May 11th: Act 174 Training, Round 2 »
- February 23rd: Winooski Planning Commission »
- February 20th: Westford Planning Commission »
- September 6th: Milton Planning Commission
- September 7th: Richmond Planning Commission »
- September 8th: Essex Planning Commission » & Shelburne Planning Commission »
- September 20th: Colchester Planning Commission »
- September 26th: Huntington Planning Commission »
- September 27th: St. George Planning Commission » & South Burlington Planning Commission
- October 4th: Jericho Planning Commission »
- October 6th: Essex Junction Planning Commission »
- October 10th: Bolton Planning Commission »
- November 9th: Burlington Planning Commission »
- November 10th: Winooski Public Works Commission »
- November 17th: Charlotte Planning Commission »
- December 8th: Act 174 Training, Round 1 »
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.
- Municipal Enhanced Energy Planning in VT – Best Practices & Resources (11/29/17) »
- Chittenden County Regional Energy Plan Work Plan & Schedule »
- Chittenden County Regional Energy Plan Project Summary »
- Chittenden County Regional Energy Plan Presentation to Planning Commissions »
- Memo to Selectboards, Planning Commissions, Conservation Commissions, and Energy Committees Regarding Chittenden County Regional Energy Plan »
- Chittenden County Wind Energy Resource Map (Draft) »
- Chittenden County Solar Energy Resource Map (Draft) »
- CCRPC Comments on the Draft Energy Compliance Standards »
For more information, please contact Melanie Needle, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846 -4490 x *27.
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.