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EA-1814: Final Environmental Assessment

City of Montpelier Combined Heat and Power and District Energy System

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to provide Federal funding through the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Program to the City of Montpelier for the design, permitting, and construction of a combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy system. The proposed project would include the operation of a new biomass renewable energy facility located on the site of the existing State Boiler Plant with a system of distribution pipes that would deliver heat to a complex of both State-owned and City-owned municipal buildings and schools. This EA analyzes the foreseeable environmental impacts of the proposed project and the alternative of not implementing this project (the No-Action Alternative), including the construction of a new heat plant and district energy system within a 100-year floodplain.