Electric Bikes

Electric Bikes help get you moving!  Chris and Hollis Quinn have added Ebikes to their local transportation options.  The ebikes have made it easier to tour around on a nice day or zip down to. Singletons or visit friends.  Other Cavendish residents have Ebikes now too.  

Watch for them around town. 

To learn more, follow this presentation from a fellow Vermonter and check back for more E bike presentations from the Cavendish Energy Committee.


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The Cavendish Energy Committee’s mission is to promote energy conservation at the individual, business and government levels in Cavendish in order to efficiently address ecosystem degeneration while protecting taxpayer resources. The Committee, after thorough research, recommends actions to the municipality that are sustainable, energy efficient, and economically sensible. Among issues addressed are increased greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation, transportation, and agriculture, as well as clean water and land use measures.


The Committee engages and educates the Cavendish community on energy efficiency through outreach and the establishment of projects and activities. The Committee partners with other Cavendish groups and with surrounding town energy committees to seek wider solutions to common problems, and to share practices and successes.

The year 2020 ended on a far different note than on which it began. With the pandemic in full force for most of the year, the committee did little in the way of outreach or other work. Normally the committee would run workshops for citizens on various energy saving opportunities, but this year there was only one. The committee purchased a composting bin from the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission as a raffle prize for attendees at a composting workshop.


The committee used the elementary school gymnasium, with no two chairs less that six feet apart, and only allowed masked attendees. With a very thorough presentation by the Southern Windsor and Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District Outreach Coordinator, over thirty individuals learned a lot about the mechanics and benefits of composting. Charlotte Snyder won the composter, and many other participants purchased them. That presentation is available at https://okemovalley.tv/composting-workshop-cavendish.

The committee initially expected to see the two-car electric vehicle charging station installed alongside the Svec Memorial Green in Proctorsville in the summer. However, that schedule slipped when no companies were found to do the installation. All the usual companies had closed for the pandemic when the town issued its request for proposal. After several months one company came forward and late in the year the work began. Spring of 2021 is the new opening target. This charging station will cost the taxpayers almost nothing since the Energy Committee secured grant funding from the Vermont AOT.

The committee continues to work with the Planning Commission to create an Energy chapter for the town plan. The usual regional meetings to learn what other towns are doing in the Upper Valley continued on a limited basis, all on line. There is considerable push from all towns to develop and implement energy solutions on a regional basis and Cavendish is fully supportive of such efforts.

Cavendish’s town solar array continued producing electricity and the committee continued analyzing power distribution and KWH savings by better balancing the power distribution so that the town can best use the power generated.

If you have particular energy saving questions or ideas, please pass them along to a committee member. If you have an interest in energy related issues and are willing to help, please contact Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250 or Mary Ormrod at 802-226-7783.  We can always use more ideas from more members. 

                Energy Committee Members:  Brendan McNamara, Town Energy Coordinator; Peter LaBelle, Committee Chair; Mary Ormrod; Stephen Plunkard; Karen Wilson; Diane McNamara.

Enter to win a Soil Saver Composter at the Compost Workskshop,

Thursday, June 24 at CTES, 6:30.

Learn how to recycle all your kitchen and yard waste.  Does your current compost have a funky aroma?  Concerned about pests and pets?  Get your compost questions answered and learn how to make a hot pile, from a master composter.  Bins and buckets will be for sale at a discounted rate.

 Thanks to all the local riders for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for E Bikes.  Jen Leak, Ginny Garrow, Paul Westcott, Andrew Leven, Nancy Kelly and other locals, provided a range of bikes and in depth information.  We hope to bring more bikes and more news again.  Check out this link to see a profile of local commuter Jen Leak and the  many options available from gazelle bikes. hello@gazellebikes.com


Electric bikes are proving to be efficient, easy to use and affordable means of transport, even in rural Vermont.  Local riders will show their bikes and share their experiences of selecting, purchasing and maintaining their new bikes.  This is a great chance to see a variety of bikes, learn about the new technologies providing easiery more joyful rides.  This free event is sponsored by the Cavendish Energy Committee and C.C.C.A. and will be held outtdoors at the Cavendish Elementary School, Route 131, Wed. Sept. 29 at 5:30.