11th Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable | May 2018
The Roundtable is an annual gathering of dozens of local energy volunteers from across the Upper Valley. The event in May 2018 was bustling with over 100 attendees from over 30 local energy groups, as well as numerous supporting organizations and sponsors.
Our favorite event of the year.
The Roundtable is an annual gathering of dozens of local energy volunteers from across the Upper Valley. All are welcome. Whether you are on your local energy committee, curious about joining or forming a committee, or simply want to be inspired by all the incredible local energy work happening across the Upper Valley. See you there!
Energy Burden Resources
Data and Reports
- See above for slides from Elizabeth Chant’s 2018 Roundtable presentation
- Vermont Law School Energy Burden Report
- Federal Energy Burden Data
Free weatherization (“Weatherization Assistance Program” in Vermont and “Home Energy Assistance” in New Hampshire) and fuel assistance (often called LIHEAP or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is available for income-eligible residents in Vermont and New Hampshire through our region’s Community Action Programs:
- Sullivan County, NH – Southwestern Community Services (602.542.9528)
- Grafton County, NH – Tri-County Cap (603.968.3560)
- Orange County, VT – Capstone Community Action (800.639.1053)
- Windsor County, VT – Southeast Vermont Community Action (800.464.9951)
Other Local Partners
- Listen Community Services, including the Heating Helpers program
- COVER Home Repair, including COVER’s Weatherization program
- Upper Valley Haven
- Twin Pines Housing Trust
- Energy Advocacy Council – a new group of organizations meeting, in part, to compile energy assistance resources for area residents. Contact email@example.com for more info.
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
Meghan Butts (firstname.lastname@example.org; 603.448.1680)
Contact Meghan for help with the following:
- Geographic Information Services (GIS)
- Energy planninng
Sarah Brock (email@example.com; 802.291.9100 x109) or Paige Heverly (firstname.lastname@example.org; 802.291.9100 x114)
- May 15: UVAW Forum, Impacts of a Changing Climate on the Upper Valley’s Farms and Forests
- May 18: Upper Valley Curb the Car Day
Paul Markowitz (email@example.com; 802.540.7608)
- Free workshops offered to residents and businesses
- Button Up 2018 program to be announced in August
- Targeted High Use Program
- Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Code and Above Code programs – contact Paul to obtain these documents
- Vermont Climate Action Communities was launched in February 2018 to help municipalities make and fulfill commitments under the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and the Vermont Natural Resources Council
Johanna Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; 802.223.2328 x112) or Ian Hitchcock (email@example.com; 802.223.2328 x118)
The Office of Senator Sanders
Haley Pero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Upcoming Event: Saturday, June 9 at the Vermont Technical Center in Randolph. Energy Resource Fair and Town Meeting.
Our 2018 Agenda
- Dinner and Conversation
- Welcome, Introductions, and Resources
- Local Energy Showcase – Six brief success stories featuring interesting and inspiring projects from the past year.
- Exploring “Energy Burden” in the Upper Valley – Thought-provoking stories illustrating the many ways energy is a burden for those living on low or fixed income, followed by small and large group discussion on what energy committees can do to better understand and reduce energy burden in our communities.
Contact Sarah Brock at Vital Communities (Sarah@VitalCommunities.org or 802-291-9100 x109)
Register to Attend
This year’s Roundtable is FREE, including a buffet dinner, thanks to our generous sponsors.
Can’t attend in person? Watch the event online starting at 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 8. Video courtesy of Bob the Green Guy will also be available online after the event.
Special Thanks to This Year’s Roundtable Sponsors
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Wednesday, May 17, 5 – 8 pm
Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Porter Community Room