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Municipal Energy Resilience Program

NEW! State Energy Management Program Expansion Serving Municipalities

We are excited to announce the newest program under BGS designed to extend the energy savings and resiliency of the State Energy Management Program to Vermont municipalities. The Municipal Energy Resilience Program is designed to provide staffing support, technical assistance, and funding to help energy burdened communities across the state become more resilient, reduce their energy use, and curb greenhouse gas emissions. BGS is proud to work with Regional Planning Commissions, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and Efficiency Vermont in the development and implementation of these new program services for municipalities. 

Aiming to make municipal buildings more energy efficient, resilient, and reliable, $45M has been appropriated to the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services to expand the State’s energy management program to municipal buildings to promote increased resilience and sustained connection to critical services for all Vermonters. Covered municipal buildings include cities, towns, fire districts or incorporated villages, and all other governmental incorporated units except for school districts.

Applications will be available for free energy resiliency assessments. Grants of up to $4,000 will be available to facilitate community meetings and communication about municipal energy resilience. Grants of up to $500,000 will be available for approved projects for weatherization, thermal efficiency, and to supplement or replace fossil fuel heating systems with more efficient renewable or electric heating systems. To assist with program implementation and administration, $2.4M will be appropriated to Regional Planning Commissions to assist with grant and assessment applications and provide programming and technical assistance.

As this new endeavor takes shape, we will be updating our website frequently to provide as much program detail as possible and respond to inquiries quickly. 

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For information regarding the program's enacting legislation please see Act.172

Jennifer Fitch - Commissioner, 802-828-3519, Jennifer.Fitch@vermont.gov

Brian Sewell - State Energy Program Manager, 802-622-4291, Brian.Sewell@vermont.gov

Tyler DeShong - Program Coordinator, 802-272-6516, Tyler.DeShong@vermont.gov