Toolkit for Strategic Local Energy Action

Wish your energy committee could make more of an impact in your community? Is your committee struggling to identify your next project or getting too bogged down in planning?

Our recent webinar introduces the Local Energy Work Group’s Strategic Energy Action Toolkit, aimed at helping energy committees combine the right balance of strategy and action for maximum impact and success. Hear from the Vital Communities, a key developer of the toolkit, as well as from energy committees that are already using it to guide their work. You’ll also learn about how to get a copy of the toolkit, participate in trainings, and access other resources for local energy groups.

View the webinar: Strategic Energy Action Toolkit – Increase the Effectiveness of Your Local Energy Group

Did You Miss Our Solarize Webinar?

Did you miss our Solarize webinar?

Good news: You can see what you missed in a video on the New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions website!

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar – over 300 residents to date, and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What’s the secret to success? Find out by watching the webinar recording. You’ll hear from Vital Communities, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree, Vermont, last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast—yours could be next!

Influence Vermont’s Energy Future

The Vermont Public Service Department is holding a series of four public forums around the state to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

“In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90% of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said PSD Director of Energy Policy and Planning Asa Hopkins.

The state plan, which was last updated in 2011, will also incorporate some of the findings of the Total Energy Study completed by the PSD last year. One of the PSD’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns.

The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations for the regional forums include:

  • July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
  • July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
  • July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
  • July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

The PSD is soliciting public, expert, and stakeholder input until July 24, 2015. For more information on the CEP and to comment, visit or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or