Vermonters use energy to heat & cool their homes, run businesses, and travel for work & recreation. At RRPC we help our region plan for these energy uses in an affordable manner that is reliable and environmentally sound. Our team is available to help partners complete energy planning that meets legal requirements and improves the local community.
Energy planning that meets legal requirements and improves local community.
A municipal enhanced energy plan is an optional addition to the standard municipal plan under 24 VSA § 4352 and is intended to implement the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan while also giving municipalities more local decision-making power in siting renewable energy generators.
30 V.S.A. § 248 requires that all new energy generators receive a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Utility Commission (PUC) before they are allowed to operate. The PUC must confirm that the generator will not interfere with orderly development of the region. Approved Enhanced Energy Plans are given “substantial deference” to influence the siting of energy generators and the RRPC Regional Committee also reviews Section 248 applications for conformance with the Rutland Regional Plan.
Connecting the planning with projects to upgrade our critical public buildings.
This legislation provides funding for municipalities to improve their energy resilience through public outreach and investments in energy efficiency measures for municipal buildings. The RRPC is working directly with municipalities to identify and manage energy efficiency projects for municipally owned buildings.
We work with partners to create energy plans, map potential energy generation and storage sites, review Section 248 applications, develop collaborations between partners, and assist with funding opportunities.
Municipal energy committees work on community-level energy projects in their municipality.
Some activities can include public outreach, writing energy plans, and advancing weatherization. Some of the advantages of an energy committee are to save taxpayer money, increase energy efficient resources, and become a local leader in energy conservation and/or efficiency. The RRPC can help get a committee organized, facilitate, and even provide meeting space.
The RRPC is here to help your town navigate the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.
Important energy laws and regulations to know: