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Energy Planning Workshop

October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Planning Commission is currently updating Starksboro’s Town Plan in order to meet new state requirements related to energy planning, flood resilience and forest conservation. This spring 221 Starksboro residents responded to the Planning Commission’s community survey, which included a section on energy use. The October 5 workshop will build upon that feedback and ask participants more detailed questions about the appropriate scale and location for renewable energy facilities in Starksboro.

The current Town Plan promotes the use and development of local renewable energy sources provided that projects minimize their negative environmental impacts. Since Starksboro’s plan was last revised, Vermont has established a goal of generating 90% of the energy used in the state from renewable sources by 2050. Meeting this goal will require a very different approach in how energy is generated, distributed and used.

During just the past five years, there has been a significant increase in the number of renewable energy facilities in the state. This rapid change has led to concerns about the impacts and appropriate siting of renewable energy projects. Last year, the Vermont legislature adopted Act 174 that offers towns an opportunity to have more influence over the type, scale and location of renewable energy facilities through energy planning.

If Starksboro residents want more a stronger voice in the state’s regulatory process for permitting renewable energy projects, the town plan will have to meet certain requirements. One of those requirements is that the plan be specific about where renewable energy projects are appropriate and where they are not (this can vary based on the type and scale of the project). The goal of the workshop on October 5 is to answer that question and to help the Planning Commission shape the town’s policy with regard to siting renewable energy facilities in Starksboro.

Details

Date:
October 5, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Robinson Elementary School
41 Parsonage Rd
Starksboro, VT 05487 United States
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