Sharon Energy Committee Public Service Announcement – November 22, 2017
Happy Holiday season! Please consider the following:
The Sharon Energy Committee is leading Sharon’s effort to produce and submit an updated energy planning section to the Town Plan. With the help of our regional planning commission, we are beginning to work on drafting a renewable energy development guidance document that quantifies how we can achieve the State of Vermont’s renewable energy goals (90% renewable by 2050).
To put this goal into perspective, a back of the birch bark calculation indicates that Sharon needs ~3.5 times the renewable energy production that we currently have installed. Note that renewable energy generation potential in our town has been estimated at over 200 times the target, so we’ve got that going for us.
We are seeking Enhanced Energy Planning technical assistance from our regional planning commission to ensure that we (as a town) have the maximum ability to shape our own energy future, instead of leaving it up to the State or external commercial interests.
What can you do to help? I’m glad you passively asked!
– The Enhanced Energy Plan must explicitly specify compatible (and incompatible) sites for renewable energy generation in Sharon. We need your help identifying both preferred locations for energy generation and sites that are incompatible with current/future land use, scenic/historic resources, etc.
– Get involved = show up! The more effort we all put into our town, the better it reflects the best of our intentions. Come to meetings. Participate.
We will be meeting about Enhanced Energy Planning on the fourth Monday of every month from November 2017 to July 2018 (Dec 2017 TBD). Thus, our first meeting is Monday, November 27th. The Energy Committee meeting starts at 17:15 (5:15pm); the Enhanced Energy Planning portion of the meeting starts at 17:45 (5:45pm).