June 20th| Celebrate Solar Tours
Celebrate the solar community on June 20th at various times and locations during the day throughout the sunny state of Vermont. Click here  to find a tour site near you and to read more about the activities taking place.

Various Dates| 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan Expert/Stakeholder Workshops
The Public Service Department has finalized plans for four half-day expert/stakeholder workshops on the 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan later this month. Please review these descriptions and, if you would like to participate, email by June 12 with your meeting choice(s). 

Energy efficiency
June 24, 8:30am-noon
Noble Hall, VCFA, Montpelier

The session will address energy efficiency in stationary applications, including electric power, building heat, and industrial process heat. Discussion topics will include identification of market barriers, economic development opportunities, program design, funding, financing, and codes and standards.

The electric grid and utility issues
June 24, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Noble Hall, VCFA, Montpelier

The session will address issues specific to the electric sector, including grid infrastructure, utility planning and regulation. Discussion topics will include advancing integrated utility planning in a context of increasing distributed energy resources, utility rate and regulatory structures, least cost infrastructure planning, and how to best take advantage of the smart grid to advance energy, environmental, and economic objectives.

Energy supply resources
June 30, 8:30am-noon
Capitol Plaza, Montpelier

The session will address energy supply resources across all sectors, including electric, heat, and transportation. Discussions will focus on energy resources (including wind, solar, solid biomass, biofuels, biogas/digesters, natural gas, and petroleum). For each resource, discussions will identify the current state of the market, future potential, challenges/barriers, and potential strategies for best use of the resource to meet Vermont’s energy needs. (While land use for energy supply will be addressed here, the PSD expects to primarily solicit input for the CEP regarding siting for electric generation through the concurrent siting task force process required by H.40.)

June 30, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Capitol Plaza, Montpelier

The session will address energy use in transportation, including the demand for mobility and vehicle/fuel choice. Discussion topics will include policies addressing land use/smart growth; the availability of different modes (bike, ped, transit, carpool, rail, etc.); interaction of energy policies with transportation revenue policies; electric vehicles; and liquid biofuels and other options for heavy duty transport.

Brattleboro Solar Summer Campaign | May 1 – September 30, 2015
Brattleboro homeowners, business owners, landlords, and renters who are interested in going solar will now have even more incentive. Local nonprofits, solar companies, and a credit union are teaming up to launch Brattleboro Solar Summer, a program to assist residents in choosing locally generated solar power.
Find out more here.

June 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Solar Workshop
Learn the basics of solar at this free informational workshop, featuring a presentation by Kirk Shields of Green Mountain Power. Attendees will learn the advantages of solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available, including community solar. Local installers will be on hand to answer questions about solar and its affordability. Learn more here. Note, the workshop is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required – to sign up, contact Paul Cameron at (802) 251-8135 or at




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