What is an

Energy District?

Inspired by the Soil & Water Conservation Districts formed in the 1930s, an Energy District is a non-profit organization that serves a specific county. It fosters the development of locally tailored energy solutions that account for the demographic, geographic, and regulatory factors in that county. An Energy District empowers local energy users to make change, facilitates cooperation between diverse public and private stakeholders, and stimulates the local economy by promoting investment in energy projects and jobs. Through education and community outreach, an Energy District increases adoption of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy production, thereby reducing carbon emissions and other pollution. Finally, an Energy District improves community resiliency through distributed energy generation and storage.

Our Mission

Our mission is to retain energy dollars in Vernon County, promote the efficient and wise use of energy, and encourage the transition to locally owned and produced renewable energy sources.

Vision

“100% Locally-Owned, Locally-Produced Renewable Energy”

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Funding

In 2021, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s Office of Energy Innovation (PSC or Commission) awarded VCED with Energy Innovation Grant Program (EIGP) planning grant.