Total Energy Study
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The Public Service Department is undertaking 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 is a multi-phased process. TES reports and presentations are listed below with links. The TES Final Report is expected to be released in the summer of 2014. The TES results are not intended to be a Comprehensive Energy Plan and will not articulate or recommend a definitive pathway forward.
The TES is 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.
The PSD encourages the general public and energy stakeholders to actively participate in the TES by reading TES reports, attending public meetings, and submitting comments. Please read below to learn more.
Check this page regularly for updates.
TES Legislative Report Public Comment Period
The TES Legislative Report and its Appendixes are now available. The PSD welcomes public input during a formal comment period extending through January 22, 2014. Please submit your written response to PSD.TotalEnergy@state.vt.us.
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. The Request for Information and Framing Report may be downloaded here. This public comment period is closed.