Vermont Department of Public Service

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.

Vermont Department of Public Service Seeks Comments on Renewable Energy Programs

News Release — Vermont Department of Public Service February 13, 2017 Contact: Ed McNamara, Acting Deputy Commissioner (802) 828-4007 [email protected] Montpelier, VT – The Department of Public Service is now writing a report about renewable energy programs and is seeking public input. This will be the first biennial report about the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) […]

Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Merger of FairPoint and Consolidated Communications

News Release — Vermont Department of Public Service February 8, 2017 Contact: James Porter, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity Vermont Department of Public Service 802-828-4003 [email protected] Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Board will hold three public hearings to give citizens an opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed merger between FairPoint Communications and Consolidated […]

Lawmakers scrutinize planned FairPoint sale

The buyer of FairPoint Communications wants to complete the sale within six months. The companies face questions about customer service and union relations.

Report: DPS advocacy worth hundreds of millions to Vermont

In addition, the attorney general’s office found “no evidence” that a close working relationship between the department and Green Mountain Power had compromised staffers’ ability to serve the public.

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.