Proposed Rule: Biomass Renewable Energy Standard
Act No. 56 of the Acts of 2015 established a Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation Program for electric utilities in the State of Vermont which specifically includes biomass to produce electricity. Act 56 amended Chapter 87 of Title 10 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated to add a new section 2751, which requires the Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to adopt rules that establish renewability standards for forest products used to generate energy by distributed renewable generation and energy transformation projects within the Renewable Energy Standard. 10 V.S.A. §2751. These standards may include minimum efficiency requirements for wood boilers and requirements for harvesting and procurement. In developing these rules, the Commissioner shall consider differentiating the standards by type of forest product and scale of forest product.
- A public hearing was held in-person at the ANR Annex aonline via Microsoft Teams on Friday, July 16th at 10:00am EST.
- A second public hearing will be held on Friday, July 23rd at 1:00pm EST at the FPR Essex Regional Office, located 111 West Street in Essex Junction. The public may also attend via Microsoft Teams.
- Public comments may be submitted to: ANR.BiomassRES@vermont.gov. The deadline to submit public comment has been extended to Friday, July 30, 2021.