Some activists are concerned that a former state commissioner could exert undue influence as an attorney supporting the sale of Vermont Yankee.
The way that I think of the chief of staff role is to carry out Gov. Shumlin’s initiatives and missions across departments and agencies from a policy point of view.
Louise McCarren, former chair of the Public Service Board, told the House committees to tread lightly when considering interfering with the board’s work.
Ensuring the management of VELCO takes the public interest into account is crucial, Miller said in testimony.
I have downloaded the 2011 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan. It is a monumental undertaking and I applaud your work and Gov. Shumlin’s order to ready Vermont for the coming effects of global warming on our future energy consumption. I have read only the section devoted to agriculture.
One notable tweak in the final plan was the removal of a proposal for the state Agency of Natural Resources to remove a wind project “moratorium” on state lands.
UPDATED State senator, former officials call for independent counsel to represent state in Public Service Board review of Gaz Metro buyout of Central Vermont Public Service.
The VPIRG activists collected the comment cards in a door-to-door campaign across the state and delivered them to Elizabeth Miller, the commissioner of the Department of Public Service, in a publicized meeting at her office.
The purchase power agreement, which must undergo a state rate review, would guarantee a 4.66-cent per kilowatt hour price to Green Mountain Power customers for a 23-year period.
Vermont would be the first to implement a statewide digitized communication system for utilities and consumers. STORY UPDATED
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would change the way propane is regulated and sold in Vermont.
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday the state will form an oversight panel to keep tabs on Entergy Corporation.
Shumlin told reporters that he deliberately chose Miller because she has not worked as a utility lawyer. He said he hired Miller because she will be an advocate for Vermonters’ priorities, as opposed to the interests of utilities.