The Public Service Department has completed a Total Energy Study (TES) to identify the most promising policy and technology pathways to employ in order to reach Vermont's energy and greenhouse gas goals. The TES was a multi-phased process. TES reports and presentations are listed below with links. The TES Final Report was released on December 5, 2014. The TES results are not intended to be a Comprehensive Energy Plan and do not articulate or recommend a definitive pathway forward.
The TES was required by Act 170 of 2012, as modified by Act 89 of 2013. Vermont's energy goals are to: 1) meet 90% of Vermont's overall energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 and 2) reduce Vermont's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% from the 1990 baseline level by 2028 and 75% from the 1990 level by 2050. As of 2011, Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions were almost unchanged from the state's 1990 emissions. As of 2013, Vermont meets about 16% of its total energy needs with renewable energy resources.
Total Energy Study Final Report
"Policy Options for Achieving Vermont's Renewable Energy and Carbon Targets." Prepared by the Regulatory Assistance Project for the Vermont Public Service Department.
"Total Energy Study: Progress Toward a Total Energy Approach to Meeting the State's Greenhouse Gas and Renewable Energy Goals." Report to Vermont Legislature.
"Energy Policy Options for Vermont: Technologies and Policies to Achieve Vermont's Greenhouse Gas and Renewable Energy Goals." Prepared by Dunsky Energy Consulting for the Vermont Public Service Department.
Total Energy Study Legislative Report
On December 15, 2013 the PSD completed the TES Legislative Report and its Appendixes. The purpose of this report is to inform the Legislature and the public of progress to date in carrying out the TES.
Public Meeting and Webinar, November 14th
On November 14, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 pm the PSD held a public meeting at the State House and via a webinar. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about the Total Energy Study and promote discussion on policy directions and technology pathways. The following documents are available for review:
During the summer of 2013, the PSD sought input from stakeholders on the design of the Total Energy Study. In June 2013, the Department issued a request for public comment, along with a TES Framing Report. This public comment period is closed.