The primary charge of the Energy Subcommittee is to review and comment on the draft Energy section of the Shelburne Comprehensive plan. Planning Commissioners are proposing changes to the Energy section that would meet the requirements of Act 174.
By complying with Act 174, Shelburne’s Plan would be eligible for "substantial deference" in regulatory proceedings conducted by the Public Utility Commission (formerly known as the Public Service Board. Achieving substantial deference means the Town of Shelburne could have a stronger and louder voice during hearings held to review petitions (applications) for energy generation facilities and the like.
Members of the group have also been asked to conduct research that might help the Planning Commission assess the effectiveness of various energy efficiency measures. In the course of their work, Subcommittee members may also review energy sections found in the Comprehensive Plans over other towns are pursuing Act 174 substantial deference.