Vermont Town Energy Data
Efficiency Vermont collected electricity usage and savings data for Vermont’s towns in the development of the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont, a project undertaken by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
This annual snapshot provides municipalities, energy committees, and individuals with information about a town’s historical energy usage, and can help to increase awareness about energy consumption. As part of its effort to help Vermonter’s reduce their electricity use, Efficiency Vermont receives customer electric usage results from the state’s utilities. The Burlington Electric Department collects this data for Burlington customers.
Data Collection Notes
Efficiency Vermont collected data for electricity usage (2006-2010), electricity savings (2006-2010), and the number of Vermont households (2010) and the source for each of these data elements follows:
- Vermont Electric Usage: Efficiency Vermont receives regular data transfers from all Vermont electric utilities. The data transfer includes customer and electric usage data. Usage data is provided as a monthly kWh read. Efficiency Vermont downloads the information into its customer database, KITT (Knowledge-based Information Tracking Tool), and makes it available for querying. Electric usage for customers of Burlington Electric Department (BED) was made available by Chris Burns at BED.
- MWh Savings: MWh savings are generated and reported in Efficiency Vermont’s database, KITT, when energy efficiency measures are installed. Savings for this project were queried from KITT for specific criteria such as time range and location. Savings generated by BED customers were made available by Chris Burns at BED.
- Number of Households: The number of households in Vermont reflects the number of premises in KITT. A premise location is defined by Efficiency Vermont as a unique physical location or site where an electric account exists.
Caveats for Number of Households
- The count of households includes multifamily utility accounts where, in some instances, the count will be ONE for the entire building. In other cases, the count will be SEVERAL to reflect the number of dwelling units in the building. The reason for this inconsistency has to do ownership/management status of the building and reflects an accurate number of utility accounts, however, not an accurate number of ‘housing units’ in the state. This is the best we can do.
- As part of their customer usage information download to Efficiency Vermont, Washington Electric Co-op provides customer mailing addresses rather than the address of the physical location of the building. When querying for accounts by town in WEC territory, any out-of-state addresses (and thus, accounts) are not included in the total count of Vermont households.