Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan 2011
|Date Last Updated||11/14/2012|
|Policy Type||State Energy Plan|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||Vermont Department of Public Service|
|Policy Initiation Date||12/1/2011|
|Policy Summary||In 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 Deadlines||Vermont 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 Requirements||Does Not Specify|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Does Not Specify|
|Minimum Efficiency Required/|
Other Performance Requirements
|Does Not Specify|