Task force to discuss energy project

MIDDLEBURY — In its ongoing pursuit of ideas for future climate-friendly energy projects in Addison County, the Climate Economy Energy Task Force is inviting the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Addison County Regional Planning, 14 Seminary Street.
The meeting will focus on beginning to pick a project for the task force to complete. Several potential projects for the group to consider already exist, and they would also like task force members to raise their own suggestions. Jon Copans from the VT Council on Rural Development will join the meeting. He will share discuss some of the projects other communities are undertaking.
Because it ties into the larger climate economy initiative, organizers feel that now is a good time to develop a new project. The Capacity Task Force is close to incorporating the initiative as a non-profit called the Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County. Creating this non-profit will enable fundraising to support its efforts.
A list of potential projects to consider includes: creating a net zero Addison County action plan, developing a municipal or community energy production facility, creating a green revolving loan fund, additional weatherization projects, and working with the local school district to evaluate energy improvements
Anyone having additional ideas or projects they want to propose can attend the meeting prepared to describe that idea.

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