Public Service Board

Vermont Department of Public Service Seeks Review of Vermont Utility Rate Regulation

News Release — Vermont Department of Public Service April 10, 2017 Contact: Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner (802) 828-4082 [email protected] Montpelier, VT – Today, the Vermont Department of Public Service (Department) has called on the Public Service Board (Board) to evaluate existing forms of utility regulation in light of emerging trends in the energy and utility […]

Frank Seawright: A lingering bitterness in Windham

The damage to communities like ours that is created in the run-up to a misguided wind project is bad; it is also long lasting.

State cancels Vermont Yankee hearing, accepts intervenors

VERNON – Because of the winter storm predicted for Tuesday, state officials have canceled a public hearing that day regarding the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Public Service Board’s hearing, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at Vernon Elementary School, has not yet been rescheduled. Tuesday’s meeting would have been the first of […]

Conflict over PSB authority coming to a head this week

A legislative committee determined that regulators overstepped with a new rule on net metering. Now the PSB will say how it plans to respond, while lawmakers consider an end-run.

New noise limit would end turbine development, say advocates

The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback

The wind developers lost a case that would have required GMP to buy their power under a pricing structure that has now expired.

Union, environmental group seek role in Yankee sale review

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Conservation Law Foundation cite economic, safety and environmental issues.

Dustin Lang: PSB hearing process weighted for wind developers

The defense is unable to call witnesses because they lack the financial resources to do so and are holding bake sales and organizing bottle drives to afford the legal fees and pay for experts to counteract the wind industry’s experts.

Annette Smith: The Kafkaesque world of windmill neighbors

Neighbors of wind projects are watching in disbelief as the Public Service Board issues orders affirming the rights of the wind industry while putting neighbors through expensive, time-consuming legal processes that trample rights and provide no relief.

Vermont Gas to take financial hit for pipeline missteps

An agreement with the state will cap the company’s income for three years as a penalty for shortcomings in handling the early stages of the project, whose costs ballooned.

Georgia Mountain turbine operator fined $2,000 over icy blades

The facility’s permit says it must shut down under those conditions. The fine resulted from complaints called in by residents who live nearby.

Regulators order Comcast to do more for public access TV

The Public Service Board made it a condition of renewing Comcast’s state-level permit. One of the requirements is that the company provide more connections for live events such as selectboard meetings.

State pushes to reduce pipeline’s effect on gas rates

Hearings on Vermont Gas Systems’ rates for the current year have concluded, but a ruling isn’t expected until March on whether to include certain contested costs.

PSB effort to increase transparency hits a hurdle

The time it’s taking to load documents to a new system means they aren’t available online in the meantime. But eventually the system will make far more information available, officials say.