State seeks input on energy plan with Essex hearing


The Vermont Public Service Department will be holding a public hearing from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Essex High School cafeteria to take input from the public on a draft of the state’s comprehensive energy plan.

The department recently released a Public Review Draft of the 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan. The draft reaffirms Vermont’s goal of meeting 90 percent of the state’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2050 and provides additional details on how to get there.

The Essex meeting is one in a series of five public hearings to be held around the state in October to seek reaction and comments on the draft plan. In addition, comments are welcome in writing until Nov. 9 via the comment form at

The draft proposes the following set of goals:

— Reduce total energy consumption per capita by 15 percent by 2025, and by more than one third by 2050.

— Meet 25 percent of the remaining energy need from renewable sources by 2025, 40 percent by 2035, and 90 percent by 2050.

— Three end-use sector goals for 2025: 10 percent renewable transportation; 30 percent renewable buildings; and 67 percent renewable electric power.

Dates and locations for hearings after the Essex hearing are:

— Oct. 21: Montpelier (Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Hall)

— Oct. 26: Westminster (Bellows Falls Union High School, auditorium)

— Oct. 29: Rutland (Rutland Regional Hospital, Community Health Education Center)