Planning is a powerful tool for addressing the climate change and energy challenges facing Vermont. Local, regional and state plans can help identify and synchronize land use, transportation, efficiency and renewable energy priorities. VNRC promotes comprehensive, forward-looking planning as an essential tool to help meet our energy needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We work from the local level to the state to help Vermonters harness these tools to achieve desired outcomes.
At the state level, that work is focused on the Comprehensive Energy Plan. In 2011 the state enacted a new, 20-year Comprehensive Energy Plan that sets a necessarily ambitious goal of meeting 90 percent of the state’s energy needs in 2050 through renewable energy. VNRC has been working hard to push for, help shape and now help to implement the recommendations in the plan that will realize a clean energy future.
At the local level, VNRC provides technical, energy-planning assistance to communities to help them craft forward-looking, comprehensive energy elements of their municipal plans. In collaboration with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, VNRC created the Energy Planning and Implementation Guide for Vermont Municipalities, a step-by-step guidebook for addressing energy by conservation, efficiency, generation, transportation and land use strategies.