This article by Jim Therrien originally appeared April 24 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — The town is back in the energy business — in a manner of speaking.
The Select Board voted this week to re-establish the defunct town Energy Committee and will seek seven to 10 people to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy options.
After receiving letters of interest, which are due by May 6, the board plans to issue appointments for one year.
During that period, the committee will first help flesh out its role as a standing town committee and then explore possible energy-savings initiatives or policies to recommend to the Select Board.
The move, which is the first recommendation in the recently adopted town Energy Plan, was urged by members of Climate Action of Bennington and the Bennington County Regional Commission during a Feb. 25 board meeting. They also provided general goals for such a committee — based in part on committees previously formed in Dorset, Manchester and other Vermont towns — along with a list of people interested in volunteering.
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