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.
Solar Fever in Southern Vermont
This 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.
Another Successful Regional Energy Round Table
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.
WRC Releases Update for Guide on Weatherizing Town Buildings
The WRC recently completed an update to the guidance document Weatherizing Town Buildings: What Local Officials and Energy Committees Need to Know. This 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.
Time To Dust Off Those Town Building Energy Audits
The presentations given during this forum are available at the links below:
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.