Vermont Department of Public Service

Administration rebuffed on call to cut energy efficiency funds

The Public Utility Commission’s order says continuing the same level of investment will save money for all utility customers in the long run.

Sugar makers incentivized to use clean energy

News Release — Vermont Department of Public Service June 30, 2017 Contact: Andrew Perchlik (802) 828-4017 [email protected] Vermont Sugar Makers Incentivized to Boil With Local Wood Pellets Montpelier – The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) at the Public Service Department announced today the availability of an incentive program for Vermont’s sugar makers to install pellet […]

State: Pipeline closer to surface than ordered, but still safe

Vermont Gas Systems deviated from its permit by burying the line as little as 3 feet deep, says the Department of Public Service. The DPS says it meets safety standards but wants to know what happened.

DPS criticizes noise monitoring plan for wind project

Among other things, the Department of Public Service wants the state, not the developer, to choose the contractor that will measure compliance with noise limits.

State sees ‘significant risk’ in Vermont Yankee sale

If the buyer runs out of money to decommission the plant, “this would place public health, safety and the environment at risk,” according to the Public Service Department and the attorney general’s office.

State supports confidentiality for documents in Yankee case

Officials won’t object to NorthStar Group Services’ request to restrict public access to two Vermont Yankee decommissioning documents. But two organizations are protesting.

Legislation renames Public Service Board

n omnibus energy bill is headed to the Senate floor in the waning days of the 2017 legislative session. The legislation, S.52, would change certain regulatory protocols for energy projects. In addition, the quasi-judicial Public Service Board, which approves utility rates and issues permits for projects, would be renamed the Public Utilities Commission. The bill […]

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 […]

Bennington County planners adopt roadmap for energy siting

The regional plan is one of the first to be written under a state law that aims to give locales more say in where solar, wind and other projects are built.

Vermont Supreme Court to hear pipeline eminent domain case

Hinesburg residents appealed a decision that allowed Vermont Gas Systems to use the power of eminent domain to build a pipeline under a town park. The work is just weeks from completion.

Climate caucus seeks reconsideration of pipeline’s permit

The request comes after officials at the Public Service Department, which endorsed the project, said they act based on legislative direction.

UPDATED: Pipeline foes get sympathy, no satisfaction from new Public Service chief

June Tierney told a crowded forum that she’s duty-bound to follow the law — which says the project can continue — regardless of any personal views.

Scott says he’s found right person for DEC chief at last

She’s Emily Boedecker, most recently of the nonprofit group Local Motion. The governor also filled a job that remained open at the Public Service Department.

Citizens panel wants help to deal with Vermont Yankee sale

The group gets some administrative aid from the state. But some argue that, with Vermont Yankee up for sale, it’s time for the panel to hire its own experts.