Renewables

Overview

The 2016 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) sets out a pathway for Vermont to obtain 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. This ambitous goal calls on all citizens to take actions that will collectively transform the way we use and produce energy in our electric, transportation, and heating sectors. Some of the main policies and incentives available to Vermonters that will help effect this transformation are highlighted below. For an in-depth look at the CEP's goals and recommendations, please visit the Comprehensive Energy Plan page.

Clean Energy Development Fund

The purpose of CEDF is to increase in Vermont the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources, primarily with respect to renewable energy resources, and the use of combined heat and power technologies. Additional information on CEDF can be found on the CEDF page

State Renewable Energy Goals

The Vermont Renewable Energy Standard (RES) equires utilities, by 2032, to:

  • Meet 75% of generation with renewable energy (55% in 2017)
  • Meet 10% of sales with distributed generation (1% in 2017)
  • Meet 12% of sales with "energy transformation projects" (2% in 2017)

Siting Generation Projects

Any electric generation facility must receive a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Utility Commission (PUC) before site preparation or construction can begin on that facility.   

Section 248 of Title 30 sets forth the land use, economic, and engineering criteria that the PUC uses to review projects. Depending on the size and type of project, however, the criteria that are reviewed and the process for review can vary considerably. 

Standard Offer

In 2009 Vermont created one of the first standard price offerings for renewables in the nation, as part of the state's Sustainably Priced Energy for Economic Development (SPEED) program. The first iteration of the program resulted in fixed-price contracts for 50 MW of in-state renewables projects (up to 2.2 MW each); the next iteration is currently under development and will increase the program by 77.5 MW over the next ten years, for a total of 127.5 MW. More information is available on the Standard Offer page.

Resources

This webpage provices information and resources regarding renewable energy sources including solar, biomass, wind, and hydropower.