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Policy & Planning

In one form or another, it is often said that to be successful you need a good plan.  Desired outcomes rarely just happen by accident, but are the result of careful considerations that address both opportunities and obstacles.  Planning for a low carbon and sustainable energy future is no different.

Laying the foundation for greater investment in renewable energy, innovative transportation and land use policies that require less energy while limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and establishing conservation and efficiency initiatives starts with planning.  At the local level this involves the municipal plan, and at the state level the statutorily required Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP).

Initiatives & Programs

The community energy dashboard is about shaping your community’s energy future…Sustainably.

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Act 174 of 2016 establishes a new set of municipal and regional energy planning standards.

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The residential energy code includes guidelines for every energy-related aspect of the building. It has standards for everything from air sealing and insulation to programmable thermostats and energy efficient lighting. Even though the code was passed in 1997, many builders are still not aware of it or may have heard of it but are not familiar with the details. Tyler Yandow, the Zoning Administrator in Dorset, noted that educating homeowners and builders regarding code compliance has been a priority of the town through providing information with zoning paperwork.  Dorset has required compliance with RBES since 2013, without it they will not issue a certificate of occupancy that is necessary for the occupants to move in.

Read more about this initiative on the Community Energy Dashboard.

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Resources

Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA)

Find your regional planning commission at the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA). Read more

Commons Energy

Commons Energy offers a total energy solution for municipalities, education and healthcare facilities, and for multifamily housing. Read more

Vermont Planning Information Center 

VPIC is brought to you by the Land Use Education and Training Collaborative, working together to coordinate and improve the delivery of land use education and training for local land use officials in Vermont. The Collaborative is a collection of agencies and organizations that provide technical assistance and education to local land use officials in Vermont. Read more