General Information: In 2010 the Select Board recommended an informal group convene to address the energy components of the Pawlet Town Plan and consider other ways to help the Town increase energy efficiency and lower energy costs. The Energy Group usually meets the fourth Monday of each month, 12 PM, at the Town Hall. Please note that the April meeting has been rescheduled for April 17, 2017, because of the spring energy fair that the group is hosting on April 22 (see below). Energy group members are: Harry Van Meter, Town Energy Coordinator; Ken Friedman; Elizabeth Gibson; Nancy Morlino. Contact the Energy Group at pawletenergygroup@gmail.com.

Pawlet Energy Fair Celebrates Earth Day – On April 22, 2017 the Town of Pawlet Energy Group, together with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont, hosted an energy fair at the Town Hall. The purpose of this event was to help area residents be aware of cost-effective and sustainable energy systems. In addition to representatives from Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, several speakers offered expert perspectives. Steven Letendre of Green Mountain College discussed the economics of residential solar systems. Climate scientist and former Pawlet resident Alan Betts explained what’s happening to the climate of Vermont. Consultants and installers of renewable energy systems, including Grassroots Solar, Power Guru, Weatherization Works, and Renewable Fuels of Vermont were also on hand to offer their expertise and advice. More than 60 people from the local community attended.

Other Activities: We are checking out Efficiency Vermont’s Speakers Bureau for Workshop topics, such as cold climate heat pumps, mobile home efficiency and modern wood heating.  We are also looking into the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Climate Economy Model Communities Program.

Fuel Fund: The Energy Group wants to remind everyone about the Pawlet Fuel Assistance Fund, a local resource that helps community members facing emergency fuel shortages. Please send donations payable to “Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund” to: The Pawlet Community Church, Attention: Tim Bryant, Treasurer, P.O. Box 116, Pawlet, VT 05761.

PACE Program: The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program is a financing mechanism that allows Vermonters to make energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their homes through the creation of a special municipal assessment district. On March 15, 2016 the Select Board formally adopted the PACE program for Pawlet.

Municipal Streetlight Study: During the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 the energy group conducted a study to help the Town see how its streetlights could be more efficiently operated. Initially the town considered eliminating 24 streetlights in Pawlet and West Pawlet. During a 2-month trial period these lights were turned off, and public comments were solicited. Based on the comments received, this list was modified to 20 streetlights, which represent about one-third of the town’s lighting demand. For the detailed list, see Pawlet Street Lights Under Study. The Town subsequently decided to eliminate those 20 streetlights and convert the remaining 41 streetlights to more energy-efficient LED fixtures. The cost analysis is available here: Pawlet 30% fixture reduction scenario. As shown, the previous annual operating cost to the town for 61 fixtures was $11,779. The total cost for converting the remaining 41 streetlights to LED fixtures is $13,843. Applying the $6,400 Efficiency Vermont incentive reduces the installation cost to the town to $7,443. The annual future cost of using LEDs will be $6,158, so the estimated payback time for converting the remaining fixtures to LEDs is 1.3 years.

Other ongoing activities: The group recently revised the energy section of the 2016 Pawlet Town Plan, and is evaluating the feasibility of a solar PV installations for the Town at such possible sites as the Mettawee Community School and the former Town landfill.

Pawlet Energy Group Meeting Minutes
2017
Energy Group Meeting Notes May 22, 2017
Energy Group Meeting Notes April 17 2017
Energy Group Meeting Notes March 27, 2017
Energy Group Meeting Notes February 27, 2017
Energy Group Meeting Notes January 23, 2017
2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes December 26 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes November 28 2016
Energy-Group-Meeting-Notes-October-24-2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes September 26, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes August 22, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes July 25, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes June 27, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes April 25, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes March 28, 2016
Energy Group Meeting Notes January 26, 2016
2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes December 21, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes November 23, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, September 28, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 27, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, June 22, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, May 25, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, April 27, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, March 23, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, February 23, 2015
Energy Group Meeting Notes, January 26, 2015
2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, November 24, 2014
EnergyGroupMeetingNotes, October 27, 2014
EnergyGroupMeetingNotes, September 22, 2014
EnergyGroupMeetingNotes, August 25, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 28, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 9, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, June 4, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, May 8, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes, April 2, 2014
Energy Group Meeting Notes February 7, 2014
2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, November 6, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes October 2, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, September 4, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes August 7, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 3, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, June 5, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes April 3, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, February 6, 2013
Energy Group Meeting Notes, January 9, 2013
2012
Energy Group Meeting Notes, December 5, 2012
Energy Group Meeting Notes, November 7, 2012
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 11, 2012
Energy Group Meeting Notes, May 2, 2012
2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, December 7, 2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, November 2, 2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, September 14, 2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, August 3, 2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, July 6, 2011
Energy Group Meeting Notes, March 14, 2011