Total Energy Study
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The Public Service Department (PSD) 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. This study is required by Act 170 of 2012, as modified by the legislature during the most recent session. The effort to complete the study and report involves a multi-phased process. The State goals that the study will address are to:
meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 and
reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions to 25% of 1990 levels by 2050.
The State’s energy and greenhouse gas goals are informed by the statutory foundation of the State’s energy policy as stated in 30 V.S.A § 202a(1):
To assure, to the greatest extent practicable, that Vermont can meet its energy service needs in a manner that is adequate, reliable, secure and sustainable; that assures affordability and encourages the state’s economic vitality, the efficient use of energy resources and cost effective demand side management; and that is environmentally sound.
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Public Comment Period
The PSD requests public feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of policy sets we have selected for further study. A public comment period has been opened. Please submit your written response to PSD.TotalEnergy@state.vt.us. Submissions on or before December 2nd will inform the December 15th TES Legislative Report.
The following links are for review as you prepare your comments:
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 presentation may be downloaded here.
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.