News from the Transportation Enhancement Program

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Vermont Transportation Enhancements Program
• Applications will be available online – May 31, 2012. A direct mail and email announcement will be sent to our database of interested organizations.
• Letters of intent are due – July 13, 2012. Organizations interested in applying for a grant are required to furnish a letter of intent with a brief project description. There is no obligation to apply, but failure to send the letter by that date will disqualify the application.
• Annual mandatory training sessions via Vermont Interactive Technology (VIT) locations statewide – September 4, 2:00 to 4:00pm and September 5, 5:00 to 7:00pm. Applicants must attend one of the two training sessions within the last two years to be eligible to apply. A complete list of VIT sites throughout Vermont will be published online.
• Applications are due – October 5, 2012. Sixteen copies of your application, with attachments are due or postmarked on the due date to the Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT.
• Projects are selected by the TE Committee at their annual meeting – December 2012.
• Awards are announced – January 2013.
For more information contact:
Kevin Russell, Vermont Transportation Enhancements Program Coordinator
(802) 828-0582 or kevin.russell@state.vt.us

Broadband and You!

If you need to know more about broadband coverage in Central Vermont (or anywhere in Vermont), you can find out at http://www.broadbandvt.org/. You can register your location and see it mapped to illustrate where coverage exists, or doesn’t. This information is very important to Vermont’s regional planning commissions right now because we are in the process of developing regional broadband plans and identifying where coverage exists and doesn’t and how to get coverage to everyone. Please provide your input. Thanks.

VELCO Hearings on VT’s Energy Future

Connecting Vermont’s Energy Future:

Public meetings about VELCO’s 2012 Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan

Upcoming Information/Feedback Sessions

May 10
Montpelier, VT

Greetings!

You are invited to help shape VELCO’s 2012 Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan. Electric transmission lines provide the transport highways to move electricity from the generation sources to electric utilities that serve individual homes and businesses. VELCO owns and manages this statewide system and is responsible for Vermont’s transmission grid reliability. The plan identifies transmission investments that may be needed to maintain system reliability. To view an electronic version of the Public Review Draft, please visit http://www.velco.com/planoutreach2012.

Public outreach on the draft plan will take place during April and May and will include three public gatherings, as well as presentations around the state at Regional Planning Commission meetings and other forums. If you are unable to attend the scheduled public forums, VELCO will also host a website to gather additional comments.

This three-year update of VELCO’s 20-year plan is part of a collaborative planning process approved by Vermont’s Public Service Board (PSB) in 2007. The outreach efforts are intended to gather public input on transmission and other solutions that meet Vermont’s electric reliability challenges.

Your considered input will make the plan better. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to share your views on the transmission reliability challenges facing our state as we connect to Vermont’s energy future.

Format for the Montpelier Session

Following a brief presentation on the plan, attendees will be invited to provide input and feedback. Your feedback will help VELCO improve the plan and learn more about local activities and plans that may influence future electricity and transmission demand.

Montpelier Information and Feedback Session

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2012

Where: Vermont College, The Gallery
36 College Street
Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM

We encourage participants to read the plan before the meeting so you can come with your questions and comments.

Your input is important to us. If you are unable to attend the public forums and would like to submit feedback, an online forum is available at http://www.velco.com/planoutreach2012

Please contact Shana Duval with any questions or concerns at 802-770-6381 or sduval@velco.com.

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