Webinars and Workshops
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Join Central Vermont Virtual Discussion Oct. 11th 12pm-1:30pm EST and Listening Tour Oct. 4th-6th (see below)
The Public Service Department and Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission have teamed up to ensure your voice is heard as critical energy policies are updated. Come and share your input, experiences, and priorities about surrounding renewable electricity and help shape how this infrastructure can better support resilient and thriving communities in our region and across the state.
How you can Participate:
Open Sept. 29-Oct.13th
Former Williamstown Landfill
Schedule Coming Soon!
Coventry Landfill Methane
Oct. 11th 12-1:30pm EST
Marshfield Hydroelectric Dam
Are you interested in weighing in on where Vermont’s electricity comes from?
The Public Service Department is currently reviewing the policies and programs related to renewable electricity to determine what changes are necessary to achieve state energy and climate goals. They’ve teamed up with Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions to ensure your voice is heard as these critical energy policies are updated.
Together, we want to hear from Vermonters about:
- What are your priorities when thinking about where Vermont’s communities get their electricity?
- How can our policies and programs better support those priorities?
Throughout September& October there will be a series of events throughout the state with opportunities to engage in conversations around these topics. Your input will directly inform recommendations the Department will be making to Vermont’s policymakers in advance of the next legislative sessions.
Learn More About Renewable Energy In Vermont (1 pagers):
Learn More About Renewable Energy in Vermont at the Department of Public Services Renewables webpage
Webinar 1: Where Does Vermont Electricity Come From? Topics: How does the electric system get power to our homes and businesses; what electricity is generated in Vermont & does it stay in Vermont; what types of resources do Vermont utilities have to purchase to make sure the lights stay on?
Municipal Solar Workshops
Hosted by energy planners from Addison County and Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions, this 3-part workshop series is intended to support member municipalities interested in municipal solar projects. Throughout the series we will be joined by community and industry experts to build a set of best practices and help communities identify and meet their communities’ needs. Participants are welcome to join 1 or all workshops in the series, materials and resources will be provided throughout to help participants navigate the process regardless of where they are starting from!
These workshops may be for you if: you are town staff or leadership, and you interested in solar but don’t know where to start or what is needed, the prospects of funding requirements and project management are overwhelming, you have found plenty of resources for residential, commercial, increasingly community solar, but are not sure how they relate to a municipal project; you want to connect with neighboring towns and co-develop projects which maximize financial, social, and environmental benefits and draw down federal funds to your town!
Our goal is to (re)define municipal solar, help towns understand what municipal solar CAN BE, and connect you with the resources and experts to begin the process.
Municipal Solar Workshop Resources
Part I covered an overview of different models of municipal solar and provided the broad strokes of how to develop and implement projects (moving towards a step-by-step workflow!). In addition, to your regional energy planners Sam and Maddi, we will be joined by experts from Norwich Solar.
Part II focused on how to get started with siting municipal projects, demo-ing available tools (including the new Act 174 Planning Atlas Map Viewer) that can be used for project development as well as to facilitate community conversations. We touched on basic considerations re sizing, storage, and dual land use to frame project development best practices.
Demo and 3 different approaches using the Act 174 Planning Resources (VT Planning Atlas) starts at 15:36 in recording (tips where to start slide 13):
- Quick site evaluation; identification of known and possible constraints by address (ground mounted)
- Prime and Base Solar for project development
- Rooftop Solar Potential
- Municipal Energy Planning
- Regional Energy Planning
- Community and Economic Development
- Regional Planning
- Municipal Planning
- GIS Mapping
- Emergency Management
- Local Food Systems
- Forest Integrity & Forest Stewardship