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Our second program offering, the free energy resilience assessments, are now accepting applications!

Please read more about these assessments in our Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). For instructions on completing the application, please see our application guidance. To learn more about the assessments, please read our comparison document outlining the two types being offered.

Please review the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) for this opportunity.

*For information about the MERP Mini Grant, please see information on our new subpage dedicated to this opportunity*

Municipal Energy Resilience Program

Our Municipal Expansion of the State Energy Management Program

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We are excited to extend the energy savings and resilience concept of the State Energy Management Program to Vermont municipalities. The Municipal Energy Resilience Program (MERP) provides staff support, application and technical assistance, and funding to increase energy resilience, reduce energy use and operating costs, and curb greenhouse gas emissions by promoting weatherization, thermal improvements, fuel switching, renewable energy, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, and enhanced comfort in municipal buildings. 

Efficiency Vermont's 2019 Energy Burden ReportAct 172 (2022) gave MERP $45 million to support dependable and sustainable connections to critical municipal services for all Vermonters. Municipally owned buildings in cities, towns, incorporated villages, fire districts, and all other governmental incorporated units (except school districts) are eligible.

MERP targets communities in need of energy resilience investments, often having excessive energy burden (the portion of income spent on heating, electricity, and transportation). Visit Efficiency Vermont's webpage and view their 2019 report on Vermont's energy burden to learn more.

MERP provides the following funding opportunities:

  • Up to $4,000 Community Capacity Building Mini Grants
  • Free building Energy Resilience Assessments.
  • Up to $500,000 Implementation Grants for weatherization, thermal efficiency, and supplementing/replacing fossil fuel heating systems with more efficient renewable or electric versions.

BGS is partering with Vermont's Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs), Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Efficiency Vermont, and Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network to develop and implement MERP. RPCs will also assist with grant and assessment applications and provide programming and technical assistance.

Find your RPC contact for MERP below:

Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC)

Maddison Shropshire – Energy Planner

Deron Rixon – Planner

Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC)

Victoria Hellwig – Planner

Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC)

Maggie O'Brien – Regional Planner

Jeremy Gildrien – Utility Planner

Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC)

Callie Fishburn – Regional Planner/Energy Program Coordinator

Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC)

Martha Harrison – Planner

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC)

Harry Falconer – Planner

Jeff Grout – Intermunicipal Energy Coordinator

Central Vermont Planning Commission (CVRPC)

Sam Lash – Planner, Energy and Climate

Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA)

Allie Webster – Energy Planner

Alison Low – Senior Planner

Windham Regional Commission (WRC)

Margo Ghia – Planner, Natural Resources

Mike McConnell – Senior Planner

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC)

Ann Janda – Senior Energy Project Manager

Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC)

Marlena Valenta – Energy and Climate Planner



Past Events

04/18/23: MERP Webinar with Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT)

An overview of the program with updated information on grants and assessments.

03/20/23: Lamoille County ARPA Resource Meeting

A discussion on State ARPA infrastructure resources (including MERP) available to all Vermont municipalities.

01/23/23: Orange County ARPA Resource Meeting

A discussion on State ARPA infrastructure resources (including MERP) available to all Vermont municipalities.

12/13/22: Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network Conference: Municipal Energy Resilience and Act 172.

Visit the VECAN Conference 2022 webpage for more information.

More Information

Background and Overview


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