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State Comprehensive Energy Plan Released

The Public Service Department (PSD) has released the final version of Vermont’s updated Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The plan reaffirms Vermont’s ambitious goal of meeting 90% of the state’s energy needs – for heating, transportation and electricity – through renewable sources by 2050. The new CEP also sets interim targets and provides more guidance on how the state could achieve these needed goals.

The CEP anticipates a vibrant and productive state in the post-fossil fuel era. It recommends a diverse suite of strategies such as prioritizing efficiency and promoting smart deployment of in-state renewable resources, compact land use, and transportation innovation – all with the goal of helping Vermonters affordably meet their energy needs.

The BCRC will be completing a final draft of a new regional energy plan, developed with local input and consistent with the new state energy plan, this spring. The regional plan will include conservation and efficiency strategies specific to the region as well as renewable energy siting guidelines and maps.