|| Energy Coordinator
TITLE 24 Vermont Statutes Annotated
CHAPTER 33. MUNICIPAL OFFICERS GENERALLY
Subchapter XII. Energy Coordinator
§ 1131. Energy coordinator; duties
(a) The legislative body
of a municipality may appoint, and determine the length
of term for, an energy coordinator.
(b) An energy coordinator shall coordinate existing
energy resources in the town and cooperate with the
municipal planning commission
and with those federal, state and regional agencies
of government which are responsible for energy matters.
(c) An energy coordinator may study and evaluate sources
of energy which are alternatives to those presently
available with a view toward the more efficient and
economical utilization of existing and potential energy
(d) An energy coordinator shall make periodic reports
of his or her activities to the legislative body as
it may require and may perform such other duties, studies
or examinations as may be required by the legislative
body. (Added 1975, No. 226 (Adj. Sess.), §
The town energy coordinator is responsible for developing a town
energy plan. He or she often works closely with the local
planning commission to draft the energy
plan portion of the town plan. The energy coordinator
might also conduct an energy audit of town vehicles and buildings,
and works to coordinate existing energy resources in the town. He
or she may also study and evaluate sources of energy which are alternatives
to those presently available with a view toward the more efficient
and economical utilization of existing and potential energy resources
within the town.
History. The office of energy coordinator
was created in 1975, during the height of the national energy crisis.
This position enables local government to study both public
and private energy use in local communities, to develop policies
that would encourage the development and utilization of alternative
energy resources, and to promote conservation efforts in the town.
In 1979, the criteria of a town plan under Act 200 was expanded
to include an energy plan. Accordingly, many town energy coordinators
work closely with the planning commission to develop this section
of the town plan.
The Town Energy Plan. The towns
energy plan can be created as a stand-alone document to be presented
by the energy coordinator to the selectboard for its approval and
implementation, or it can be written by the energy coordinator in
conjunction with the planning commission
to be included as part of the towns land use plan. Preparing
a town energy plan generally involves the following five steps:
1. Collect data and inventory current and potential energy sources.
Implementing the Energy Plan.
There are many steps a community can take to implement the towns
energy plan, including:
2. Assess current energy needs and uses. Identify consumption
patterns of the municipality by residential, commercial/industrial,
and transportation sectors.
3. Assess municipal energy future by evaluating the potential
of national, regional and local trends.
4. Define and list goals, objectives and progress; describe energy
programs and initiatives; coordinate with the municipal plan and
bylaws; coordinate with other municipalities, regional planning
commissions and programs sponsored by utilities.
5. Finalize energy plan and coordinate adoption by the selectboard
or by the municipal planning commission and the voters.
Town Plan. Draft the town plan to take into account transportation
issues and use of renewable energy resources.
For more information on municipal energy planning, consult: Town
Energy Planning: A Framework for Action (1982), The Center for Rural
Studies, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405 (802-656-3021); A Guide to Municipal
Energy Planning (1993), Vermont Department of Public Service, 112
State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620; and Earthrights Guide
to Town Energy Planning in Vermont (1992), Earthright Institute,
Room 322, Gates Briggs Bldg., White River Junction, VT 05001.
Zoning Bylaws. Craft zoning bylaws to implement relevant
policies and objectives set out in the plan.
Town Buildings. Upgrade insulation and heating systems
in order to make buildings more energy efficient.
Town Forests. Implement policies to enable use of town
forests for alternative heating fuel.
Carpooling or Public Transportation. Promote town-wide
carpooling or work with regional public transportation projects.
Weatherization Assistance Programs. Participate in community
Intergovernmental Cooperation. Coordinate with other towns
on transportation improvements, or work together on a larger scale
alternative energy project, such as using methane gas from a closed
landfill, or developing a hydroelectric site.
Coordinate Private Initiatives. Assist private groups such
as the local boy and girl scouts, service clubs or community action
organizations in providing weatherization for town buildings and
Source: VLCT Handbook for Vermont Town Officers, 1999: http://resources.vlct.org/u/rr_energycoord.pdf
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| Christopher Badger, Energy
Waitsfield Town Office
9 Bridge Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 496-9657
| Valerie J. Capels, Town Administrator
Waitsfield Town Office
9 Bridge Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 496-2218
Fax: (802) 496-9284
May 30, 2008
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