Energy

STAFF:  KIM SMITH

Guided by its Energy Committee, WRC works to help its member towns reduce both the financial and the environmental impacts of energy use, as a way to increase both town and regional resilience. WRC administers state and federal grant programs for energy efficiency and weatherization, provides technical assistance to towns, and organizes educational sessions for community energy leaders and others.

WRC recognizes that the Vermont Yankee nuclear station is a key part of the conversation about energy in our region. For more information about WRC’s involvement in VY-related matters, please click here.

Notes from the February 24th Energy Roundtable

More than 20 Town Energy Coordinators, Committee members, and energy enthusiasts gathered at the Marlboro College Graduate School on February 24th to share recent energy activities in their towns and discuss challenges. Current town projects ranged widely, including the replacement of outdoor lights with LED bulbs in Dummerston, a Putney solarize campaign kick-off, and an initiative to pass a $50,000 Energy Efficiency Fund in Brattleboro. The focus for the evening was energy planning and implementation strategies.

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Solar Fever in Southern Vermont

altThis fall the four southern Vermont regional planning commissions (Windham, Rutland, Bennington and Southern Windsor) paired with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to bring a SunShot Solar Workshop to Vermont. The half-day workshop held at Stratton Resort was designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program in the community.

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Another Successful Regional Energy Round Table

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On Tuesday, May 29th the Windham Regional Commission and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission held the Spring Regional Energy Round Table in Bellows Falls Vermont.  The event was well attended, with representation from eight Windham Region Towns: Brattleboro, Grafton, Londonderry, Marlboro, Newfane, Rockingham, Wilmington, and Windham.   The topic of the evening was financing models for municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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WRC Releases Update for Guide on Weatherizing Town Buildings

Guidance Document ImageThe WRC recently completed an update to the guidance document Weatherizing Town Buildings:  What Local Officials and Energy Committees Need to KnowThis 2013 update provides energy use results for seven of the nine weatherization retrofits completed, providing regional examples of both energy and cost savings realized through completion of these weatherization projects.  The WRC was able to compile this document through state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding, in addition to the many successful weatherizations completed with this grant. 

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Time To Dust Off Those Town Building Energy Audits

This winter the WRC is pairing with Efficiency Vermont to help towns implement existing energy audits conducted for town and school buildings.  As part of this effort, the WRC held a forum on how to evaluate the recommendations of a building energy audit and take the next steps to successfully improve the building’s efficiency.  The forum was held Wednesday, December 12th at the Newbrook Fire Department in Newfane, Vermont. 

The presentations given during this forum are available at the links below:

Paul Markowitz: Getting There

Bob Rueter: How to Ready your Energy Audit

Paul Markowitz: Municipal Financing Options

To help continue the momentum started with this forum, WRC will be contacting towns to help answer questions and provide guidance for projects that are poised to move forward.  Efficiency Vermont is also ready and willing to assist towns in their municipal building weatherization projects, especially when it comes to discussing models for financing.  Please contact Cullen Meves at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-257-4547 ext 108 if you have any questions.

Also, if your town is interested in more information about the process for completing a municipal building weatherization, the WRC has compiled this guidance document.