The Public Service Department is undertaking a Total Energy Study (TES) to identify the most promising policy and technology pathways to employ in order to reach Vermont’s energy and greenhouse gas goals. The TES is a multi-phased process, with the TES Final Report is expected to be released in the summer of 2014. The TES process includes many opportunities for public input.

The TES is required by Act 170 of 2012, as modified by Act 89 of 2013. Vermont’s energy goals are to: (1) meet 90% of Vermont’s overall energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 and (2) reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% from the 1990 baseline level by 2028 and 75% from the 1990 level by 2050. As of 2011, Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions were almost unchanged from the state’s 1990 emissions. As of 2013, Vermont meets about 16% of its total energy needs with renewable energy resources.

On December 15, 2013, the PSD completed a TES Legislative Report and Appendixes. The purpose of this report is to inform the Legislature and the public of progress to date in carrying out the TES. A public comment period on the draft closed January 22, 2014.