Comments Wanted on Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan

The Vermont Department of Public Service released the draft Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) for the state and is now looking for input on it from Vermonters like you.

This plan, if done right, can provide critical guidance on how the state should pursue an efficient, clean and sustainable energy future. It’s a very broad plan: it touches not only on electricity but also on the energy we use to get around in our cars and trucks and how we heat our homes and businesses. It examines subjects as diverse as the economy and jobs, public transit, land use patterns, natural gas, geothermal energy, wind power, hydropower, and the use of our forests for biomass energy. The final plan is expected to be released in November.

You can read the plan by downloading it from

To comment on the plan you can file written comments by 5 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011, or attend and speak at one of five public hearings scheduled around Vermont in the coming weeks.

To offer written comments, there are three choices:

The public hearings, which run from 7-9 p.m., nearest Charlotte are
  • September 27th – Middlebury High School (73 Charles Avenue)
  • October 3rd – Colchester High School (131 Laker Lane)

Other hearings around the state are posted on the website.