Cavendish discusses Energy Chapter in Town Plan | News | –

by | Apr 19, 2022 | Energy

CAVENDISH, Vt. — The Cavendish Selectboard’s meeting on Monday, April 11, began with their annual organizational meeting, approving all town positions without debate, and then spent the bulk of their time discussing updates to the Energy Chapter in the Town Plan and town highway concerns following the recent challenging mud season.Cavendish Regional Planning Commissioner Etienne Ting discussed the “Energy Chapter,” which is nearing completion but has been in the process of being revised for over two years.According to Ting, the energy chapter draft is heavily based on the Regional Planning Commission’s energy plan from 2018 and includes Vermont’s “enhanced energy” plan which includes three state goals: achieve 25 percent renewable energy consumption by 2025, 40 percent renewable energy use by 2035, and 90 percent renewable energy use by 2050.The incentive for incorporating the states wide-scope renewable energy goals is that the state will allow for “substantial deference” to any town when approving any Act 248 projects. Meaning, if you put the state’s goals into the Town Plan, you’ll get an upper hand in an act 248 proceeding. It is under Act 248 that the state approves energy projects.Ting said that the biggest challenge for Cavendish is mainly transportation when looking at hitting the 90 percent goal in 2050. He said it would be difficult to replace fossil fuel cars to achieve that goal. “That’s the struggle we have.” He said that Cavendish ha …

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