Act 174 Energy Planning

Act 174 encourages comprehensive energy planning on the regional and town levels throughout the state of Vermont.  As a result of Act 174, the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) throughout the state have been tasked and received funding to generate regional energy plans.  These plans will be a tool for the implementation of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), which sets a goal for the state of 90% of all energy used in Vermont to be sourced by renewable energy by 2050.  The regional plans are also intended to inform future iterations of the CEP.  The RPCs will receive technical support, especially data, from the Department of Public Service, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), and the Energy Action Network.

Windham Regional Commission will be offering technical assistance to the towns in the region by providing current use data and target use data to each of the towns.  The WRC has also received funding to assist at least 3 towns with custom technical assistance in which the WRC will aid the towns in going through the comprehensive energy planning process and ensure there is internal consistency with the rest of the town’s plan.

On this page is background information on the statute as well as current updates as the WRC works on the energy planning process.  The first draft of the Regional Energy Plan will be developed for May 31, 2017 with the final expected to be accepted in February 2018. 

What's Current:

(new) Draft Regional Energy Plan:  PDF  This document is in draft form for ease of edits.  Please excuse format discrepancies and note that it will be modified as we move through the public meeting process.  The policies are consistent with the current adopted Regional Plan with the exception of the Utility Scale Energy Generation policy (page 39).

(new) Regional Energy Plan Meetings:  for more info, click here

  • Monday, December 4th at 6:30 pm location: Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Route 30, Townshend
  • Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm location: Dover Town Hall, 190 Taft Brook Rd, East Dover
  • Monday, January 8th at 6:30 pm location: Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Route 30, Townshend
  • Wednesday, January 10th at 6:30 pm location: Jamaica Town Hall, 3735 Route 30, Jamaica


(new) Municipal Enhanced Energy Planning in Vermont - Best Practices and Resources:  PDF  

Link to Town-Specific Energy Data

Guideline Documents for Municpal Energy Plans:  PDF

Guideline Documents for Regional Energy Plans:  PDF

Draft discussion on current energy use and projected use for Windham Region, posted Feb. 23, 2017:  PDF  (2 Mb)

Regional Energy Planning Work Maps, posted Feb. 21, 2017:  PDF  (3.8 Mb)

Solicitation of Towns to Participate in Town Energy Planning Element Pilot:  PDF

Power Point Presentation from WRC Municipal Energy Planning Meeting, December 7, 2016:  PDF 

Background and Resources:

Act 174, full text of the Act:  click here

Act 174 FAQ:  PDF

Act 174 Flow Chart:  PDF

Act 174 Regional and Municipal Planning Standards Overview, from the Public Service Department:  click here 

Final Energy Planning Standards from the Public Service Department:  click here   

Public Service Department Energy Planning Page:  click here


Last Updated on 04 December 2017
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