ACRPC organized a series of workshops in 2020- information from the meetings can be found in the Energy Section of our Library webpage here. To see other upcoming Energy events, check the Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN) calendar here, and join the email discussion group list here.
The ACRPC has developed and gather the resources below to support energy planning both at the regional level and in member municipalities. If there is information you do not find on this page, please contact our energy planner, Maddison Shropshire at [email protected].
- Energy Funding Sheet – Compiled list of funding opportunities for various energy projects
- Contact Green Mountain Power (HERE) for incentive options for energy upgrades
- Residential Incentives – Any EV purchased in Vermont is eligible for a free EV charger from GMP. Residents are responsible for electrical work/ installation.
- Business innovation team provides financial incentives to commercial properties (including municipalities) for everything from EV chargers (GMP EV Charging Incentive Program Material) to pizza ovens. Reach out to the team to learn how they can help with any equipment upgrades.
- General Commercial Incentive – GMP will pay any commercial owner $750 for each new charging port installed.
- Learn how ARPA funding will be distributed and what energy projects qualify for municipal ARPA funding. Presented by TRORC and VLCT.
Energy Mapping Resources
The links below will connect you with the ArcGIS online map link and instructions for their use.
Regional Energy Maps  – (8 1/2 x 11′)
- Existing Electric Generation
- Renewable Energy Locations – Preferred Locations
- Renewable Energy Potential – Transmission and Distribution Resources and Constraints
- Renewable Energy Planning – Known Constraints
- Renewable Energy Planning – Possible Constraints
- Potential Woody Biomass Resource Siting Areas
- Potential Solar Resource Siting Areas
- Potential Wind Resource Siting Areas
- Wind Speed Map of Northern New England at 50-m (TrueWind)
Community Statistics – to track progress on energy goals
Energy site map – for identifying existing and potential generation locations
For the most recent regional data from Efficiency Vermont, contact our energy planner at [email protected]
Energy Efficiency in Land Use and Buildings
Zoning and planning officials are in a unique position to influence the long-term affordability and environmental impacts of the buildings that occur within their town. They can do this by providing critical information to builders and home or business owners about how they can build to meet or exceed Vermont’s energy codes. This Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Codes and Above-Code Programs will make it easier for municipalities to achieve this by providing clear and relevant information so that zoning and planning officials can easily respond to permit applicants. Efficiency Vermont has created the Energy Code Assistance Center that provides background information on energy code requirements, explains the energy code process from application through documented compliance and addresses specific municipal responsibilities associated with implementing energy code-related requirements under Act 89. For immediate support, builders, contractors and permit applicants can be referred to the Energy Code Assistance Center (ECAC) at 855.887-0673
Below are resources that will support the development of land use and building regulations in your town to increase energy efficiency.
- Energy Efficiency Standards in Zoning Bylaws
- Energy Efficient zoning and subdivision language
- Energy Efficient Model Bylaw-Lamoille model
- Enhancing the Role of Vermont Municipalities in Improving Efficiency in New Construction
- Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Codes and Above-Code Programs
- Solar ready design from NREL
Resources for Energy Committees
Town Energy Committees are implementing on-the-ground energy innovation projects in their communities. They are also helping Vermont meet its important Greenhouse Gas Reduction goal and 90 by 2050, all-sector renewable energy goals. These volunteer groups are working with municipal officials, schools, businesses, and neighbors to get buildings weatherized, solar projects electrified, heat pumps installed, transportation options expanded and far more.
In Addison County, several Energy Committees have webpages with more information, including Bristol, Middlebury, Monkton, Starksboro, and Weybridge. Several other municipalities also have Energy Committees or Coordinators. To see if your town has an energy committee or coordinator, check the map here.
Don’t see your town or city? Starting or joining a town energy committee is one of the most effective ways to take action on energy and climate change in your community!
For more information on getting started, check out the great resources on the Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN)’s Getting Started webpage, including:
- The Town Energy and Climate Action Guide
- Town Energy Committees: Community Powered Energy and Climate Change Solutions
- Starting a Town Energy Committee is a practical guide to starting and maintaining an effective committee from the Waterbury LEAP energy committee.
- Energy Planning & Implementation Guidebook for Vermont Communities for instructions on local energy planning
- Communities Tackling Vermont’s Energy Challenge for great examples and case studies on energy and climate action projects from around the state.
More resources available from the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC):
Energy Planning & Act 174
The Department of Public Service has released the final energy planning determination standards and recommendations called for in Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act. These standards will be used by the Department and Regional Planning Commissions to make determinations as to whether regional and municipal plans are consistent with state energy policy. Plans that receive an affirmative determination will receive substantial deference for their land conservation measures and specific policies when the Public Service Board considers orderly development in its review of siting applications. Act 174 details a set of planning requirements to receive a determination, including consistency with Vermont’s energy and climate goals and the inclusion of energy analysis across the building, transportation, and electrical sectors.
The standards consist of a checklist of required analyses, goals, and actions. The checklist approach is intended to enable municipal and regional planners to conduct planning with a determination of energy compliance in mind. Act 174 establishes three pathways for a plan to receive a determination of energy compliance:
1) regional plans will be evaluated by the Department;
2) once their region’s plan has received an affirmative determination, municipal plans will be evaluated by their regional planning commission; and
3) until July 1, 2018, a municipality in a region that has not received a determination may apply to the Department for evaluation.
The standards build upon regional energy planning work already underway at all Regional Planning Commissions under contract with the Department. Regions will furthermore be providing analyses and maps that will enable municipalities to easily meet the Analysis & Targets and Mapping standards. Regions will also conduct at least two trainings in each region, will each be offering in-depth technical assistance to at least three municipalities, and will be compiling best practice language from those efforts, which will aid future municipalities in meeting the Pathways standards.
The Department has also issued guidance documents for regions and municipalities to use as they write their plans, which offer standard-by-standard guidelines, resources, and potential language, and incorporate the Recommendations as excerpted from the 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan. The final standards and recommendations, along with an overview and regional and municipal guidelines, can be found here.
- Introduction to the Act 174 Regional & Municipal Energy Planning Standards
- Regional Energy Planning Guidelines
- Municipal Energy Planning Guidelines
- Energy Planning & Act 174 Training Presentation
- Act 174 (Formerly S230)
- Regional Energy Planning Resources and Guidance
- Benefits of “Substantial Deference” and Planning Best Practices
ACRPC Energy Partners
The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has partnered with Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County to promote a healthy economy through carbon reduction.
The Addison County Regional Planning Commission works with a number of organizations to bring resources and programs to Addison County, including:
- Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County
- Acorn Energy Co-op
- Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)
- Efficiency Vermont
- VT Energy Action Network
For questions or suggestions concerning Municipal Energy Committees, please contact ACRPC energy planner Maddison Shropshire.
Energy Subsection of the Addison County Regional Plan
The Energy Subsection of the Addison County Regional Plan outlines regional goals and policies for energy conservation and renewable energy generation. It includes specific implementable strategies appropriate to the Addison Region to accomplish these goals and a mapping component that identifies areas with the potential for renewable energy generation.
The Vermont Department of Public Service funded the Energy Subsection of the Addison County Regional Plan. The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (“ACRPC”) created the Energy Element of its plan to comply with the Department’s regional standards enabled in Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act of 2016, described below. The Energy Element of the Addison County Regional Plan constitutes one of eleven Enhanced Energy Plans, one for each region of the State. ACRPC completed the plan to guide energy usage and development within the Region. By funding and completing in-depth energy planning within each region, the Department intends to enable Vermont to achieve state and regional energy goals – most notably, the goal to have renewable energy sources meet 90% of the state’s total energy needs by 2050 (90 x 50 goal).
The Energy Subsection of the Addison County Regional Plan was amended and approved on July 18, 2018, and the Plan was re-adopted in its entirety. Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4348(f) the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s amendments and re-adoption of its Plan will become valid within 35 days of its adoption on July 18, 2018, unless a majority of the legislative bodies of its municipal members veto the Plan within that time frame. The amended Energy Subsection can be found below:
- Energy Subsection (July 18, 2018) – section 7.2 starting on page 310
The Energy Committee sets priorities for regional energy policies, projects and issues, co-sponsors monthly energy programs, and supports Town Energy Coordinators and their Committees. Minutes may be found here.
- Jeremy Grip, Chair
- Barrie Bailey
- Cheryl Brinkman
- Ross Conrad
- Jamie Dayton
- Peter Grant
- Jim Walsh
- Rich Warren
- Kent Wright
The Energy Committee meets on an as-necessary-basis at ACRPC’s office at 6:00 p.m. on the Tuesday 8 days prior to the full Commission meeting. The Full Commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month, so that is usually the first Tuesday of the month.
Maddison Shropshire – [email protected]