Vital Communities' Energy Program
Vital Communities moves the Upper Valley toward energy independence by catalyzing local efforts to meet 90% of our energy needs through a mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources by 2050. Energy Independence for the Upper Valley means reducing our reliance on foreign fossil fuels as a means of strengthening and ensuring the long-term vitality of our local economy. Vital Communities’ Energy Program works toward:
- More efficient use of the energy we already consume.
- More renewable and locally-sourced energy sources.
- More collaboration across our region and across sectors.
Why 90% by 2050? In 2011, the State of Vermont released a state Comprehensive Energy Plan with the goal of achieving 90% renewable energy by 2050 statewide. We’re proud to join our partners in Vermont in working toward this goal, and we’re committed to making the Upper Valley a leader in efforts toward energy independence in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
- Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan, Vermont Public Service Department, 2011
- Vermont Energy Action Network
A network of nonprofits, businesses, and government leaders.
- Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network
A network of town energy committees
New Hampshire Resources
- Final Report on the Independent Energy Study, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, November 2012
- The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, March 2009
- New Hampshire Local Energy Systems
Resources for energy committees, municipalities, and schools. Annual conference in April.
- New Hampshire Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Energy BoardThe EESE board coordinates energy programs at the state level in New Hampshire.
- New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
NHSEA educates and organizes citizens, businesses, and organizations around sustainable energy policies.