Energy

Activities

Maple Wood Pellet Evaporator Incentive

Incentives are for new evaporators that completely replace oil, propane or cord wood fired units with wood pellet or wood chip fired units (cord/chunk wood fired systems are ineligible for this incentive).

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New Guide to Farming-Friendly Solar in Vermont Now Available

A new publication, “Guide to Farming-Friendly Solar,” produced by the UVM Extension and the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, highlights the potential for farming-friendly solar and gives examples of three successful projects on Vermont farms.

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REAP Grants Application Deadline: March 31

Businesses interested in increasing their bottom line through investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy can apply to USDA Rural Development for grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this spring. The REAP provides grants that can cover up to 25% of the total project cost of energy improvements. The grant application deadline is March 31st.

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Farm to Plate Energy Section Now Available!

The intersection of renewable energy systems and local food systems is fertile ground for developing sustainable solutions to pressing problems.

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2016 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan is Released

The Department of Public Service completed a 2016 update of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan early in 2016.

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Meeting with French Delegates About Low Carbon Energy Technology

On March 31st, members of the Farm to Plate Network met with visitors from France who worked in various roles within the ag energy sector.

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Energy Cross Cutting Team Working with Middlebury Students

Energy Cross Cutting Team members are working with students in a Middlebury College Environmental Studies Senior Seminar course focusing on ag energy issues.

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Farm to Plate Energy Success Stories Released

The Energy Cross-cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network released eight Energy Success Stories at the 2014 Farm Show. Direct and indirect energy costs have wide impacts throughout Vermont's food system. The Energy Success Stories showcase farms, businesses, vendors, installers, and technical assistance providers that have made a difference with energy efficiency savings and renewable energy production.

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Writing Chapter 4, Section 6

The Energy Cross-cutting Team is currently writing Chapter 4, Section 6: Food System Energy Issues. On-Farm Energy Case Studies will be available in time for the 2014 Farm Show.

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