News Release — Department of Public Service April 18, 2016 Contact: Christopher Recchia, Commissioner 802-828-4071 [email protected] Grants to Schools, Affordable Housing, and Pellet Supply Companies Montpelier, Vermont – Commissioner Christopher Recchia announced that the Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) to increase the demand and supply […]
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New regulatory filings show the plant’s owner believes $190.6 million will be left after Vermont Yankee decommissioning — in sharp contrast to state concerns that the company’s funding will fall short.
The DPS sees its mission as being focused on promoting the “public good” rather than “ratepayer interests,” particularly residential and small commercial customer interests.
There are some critics who believe we should restructure the Department of Public Service and establish an independent ratepayer advocate separate from our integrated public advocacy work. We disagree.
Even as years-old state and federally funded projects appear unfinished, the company is arguing with state regulators whether its cellphone service needs to comply with a rule requiring a geographical locating function.
The committee chair says the bill “creates a way for towns and regions to work with the state, planning for our energy future, as opposed to getting informed by the state.”
The advocacy group AARP says the Department of Public Service is too cozy with the governor and utilities, rather than acting in the interest of ordinary Vermonters.
A recent decision by a cellular carrier to back out of a planned tower in Townshend illustrates Vermont’s challenge in providing cell coverage statewide.
We might as well explicitly acknowledge the Department of Public Service as being advocates for the companies and quit pretending that they represent the public’s interests.
The company planning a 41-mile natural gas pipeline expansion in Addison County announced Friday that the project will cost $154 million. It is the second time this year that Vermont Gas has dramatically raised the estimate.
A new state law will allow more state residents to join “net metering” programs, but will slightly reduce the value of the energy credits they receive. Solar installers say the industry is robust enough to thrive even with the reduction.
The Department of Public Service says a system such as a renewable portfolio standard would better meet the state’s energy goals than the current voluntary system.
The water density of this week’s storm was a surprise, state and utility officials say. According to Roger Hill, a professional meteorologist in Worcester, the water to snow ratio where he is located was 5 to 1. He said this is unusually wet and more common in coastal areas.
The state aims to get 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050. But a new report says Vermont will fall short unless new policies are put in place.