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Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan 2011

Date Last Updated11/14/2012
Policy TypeState Energy Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeVermont Department of Public Service
Policy Initiation Date12/1/2011
Policy SummaryIn December 2011, the Vermont Department of Public Service released its 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The Plan encourages the use of CHP as a method of energy efficiency and recommends specific actions to help meet the 60 MW CHP target established by State law.

Under the current Standard Offer program, biomass generation must meet a 50% efficiency requirement to sell electricity back to the utility. The Plan discusses how this efficiency level was designed to be high enough so that these facilities would need to be CHP to qualify; however, the Plan recommends investigating whether this minimum efficiency limit is too high. The Plan also recommends incentivizing those CHP plants with <50% efficiency to increase their efficiency over time.

The Plan recommends providing additional funding for Clean Energy Development Fund grants and loans to support the ability of schools, community buildings and public buildings to convert to biomass heating or to CHP. The Plan also recommends that net-metering regulations be altered to encourage CHP. Specifically, the Plan suggests that net-metering should be reviewed to simplify the process for small-scale efficient natural gas CHP units. Lastly, the Plan looks at natural gas expansion in the State as a way of encouraging further CHP development.
Policy Targets/Compliance DeadlinesVermont law (Title 30 - 202(i)) stipulates that a goal of the Electric Plan is to assure that by 2028 at least 60 MW of power are generated within the state by CHP facilities powered by renewable or fossil fuels.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
Resource Website(s) http://publicservice.vermont.gov/publications/energy_plan exit EPA

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