Biomass input requested for Vermont's energy plan

By Anna Austin | July 07, 2011

The state of Vermont is in the midst of crafting a new Comprehensive Energy Plan and the state Department of Public Service has requested public input about what should be included.

The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group is encouraging members of the biomass industry to submit their thoughts on the economic and environmental benefits of biomass energy in Vermont. Andrea Colnes, NEBTWG committee co-chair, said it is particularly important that the public service department hears from stakeholders about the benefits of community-scaled, efficient thermal and combined-heat-and-power applications.

The CEP is based off of a working draft that was released in 2008 and updated last March, and addresses all aspects of Vermont’s energy future for electricity, thermal energy (related to heating and industrial processes) and transportation. 

According to the public service department, the ultimate goals of the CEP are to assure that Vermont can meet its energy service needs in a manner that is adequate, reliable, secure and sustainable; to assure affordability and encourage state economic vitality; and to efficiently use energy sources in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner.

A public review draft will be released in mid-August, as the Vermont Department of Public Service has a goal of providing Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin with a completed plan by October 2011.

Comments are due July 15 and may be emailed to [email protected], or a feedback form can be accessed at