VLCT Partners with Efficiency Vermont to Expand Municipal Energy Efficiency Programs | Community

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns and Efficiency Vermont have launched a new partnership to reduce municipal energy costs and climate impacts. The partnership, part of VLCT’s recently launched Business Alliance program, aims to help municipalities access the support they need to reduce their energy costs and save taxpayers’ money.

Vermont’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated more than $200 million to its cities. Other state and federal funding opportunities are on the horizon. Cities can work directly with VLCT experts to figure out how to leverage those dollars. One option is to invest in energy efficiency projects that can reduce energy expenditure and support their climate goals.

Municipalities interested in saving energy can register for a free energy assessment with Efficiency Vermont at www.efficiencyvermont.com/towns. During this consultation, an Efficiency Vermont energy consultant will work with city staff to identify and prioritize energy saving projects for their buildings.

This session, the Vermont Legislature is considering bills that would create additional energy-related opportunities for municipalities. If these proposals were adopted, the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services would be able to provide grants of up to $250,000 per municipality to undertake energy efficiency projects such as fuel switching and against inclement weather using state-allocated ARPA funding. VLCT, the Department of Buildings and General Services, the state’s regional planning commissions, and Efficiency Vermont would work together to develop and implement the grant program.

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