Community Energy Dashboard
You've Got the Power
The Community Energy Dashboard helps your community shape its energy future at the local level with a powerful suite of interactive tools to set goals, track progress, map actions, share stories, and hear from trusted neighbors. The Dashboard helps translate Vermont's goal of 90% by 2050 into achievable local action across all energy sectors - efficiency, heat, electricity and transportation.
WHAT DOES THE DASHBOARD DO? SEVEN TOOLS:
- Timeline: Track your community's progress towards meeting 90% of local energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050
- Actions: Add your individual, business, municipal, school and farm actions through fun tiles and watch collective impact build in your community
- Analysis: Keep track of and share your key local energy data and analyses. Reach a broader audience and help other towns avoid reinventing the wheel.
- Stories: Learn from your neighbors and inspire others to action
- Energy Atlas: Map your town's existing renewable energy and efficiency sites, identify new potential sites based on environmental resources and constraints
- Statistics: Track local renewable energy sites and production data, see how you rank against other towns, crowdsource data on efficiency projects
- Resources: Links to important resources, energy information and partners to help towns accelerate their progress towards a sustainable energy future!
The Community Energy Dashboard was created by the Energy Action Network (EAN) and VSJF, together with partners from the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN - VNRC), the Vermont Public Service Department (PSD), Green Mountain Power (GMP), and Efficiency Vermont. The Dashboard was built by Vermont Design Works. We would like to thank our generous funders: VLITE, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Vermont PSD.
The Community Energy Dashboard builds from VSJF's Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont (2010-2016) which was a tool for identifying, analyzing, and visualizing existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects. The Renewable Energy Atlas was created to assist town energy committees, the Clean Energy Development Fund and other funders, educators, planners, policy-makers, and businesses in making informed decisions about the planning and implementation of renewable energy in their communities – decisions that ultimately lead to successful projects, greater energy security, a cleaner and healthier environment. The state-of-the-art GIS-based web application identified, analyzed, and visualized existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects. The Atlas was the first tool of its kind in the United States that enabled end users to click on their town (or several towns or county/counties) and select from a thorough suite of renewable energy options: biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind.
The Atlas was a collaboration between VSJF, Vermont Center for Geographic Information (Waterbury), Fountains Spatial (Montpelier), Overit Media (Albany, NY) and many helpful experts. The Atlas received a "Special Achievement in GIS" award from ESRI, a world leader in GIS software and technology.
The launch of the Atlas on Earth Day was covered by many media outlets:
Lauren Ober. April 21, 2010. A New, Online Atlas Maps Vermont's Renewable Energy Resources. Seven Days.
Joel Banner Baird. April 22, 2010. Atlas Maps Vermont's Renewable Energy Future. Burlington Free Press.
Major funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, and the Vermont Community Foundation.