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2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report

The 2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report Released by Governor Shumlin

Joined by Public Service Department Commissioner Christopher Recchia, the Governor released the 2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report, the first effort in the state to survey and describe the status and characteristics of Vermont’s clean energy industry.

CEDF FY 2015 Annual Program Plan and Allocations

June 13, 2014 -- Request for Public Comment on the FY 2015 Annual Program Plan and Allocations

  • The Clean Energy Development Fund released for public comment its Annual Program Plan and Budget Allocations for the 2015 fiscal year.  Included in the Plan are changes to the existing Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program.

    Comments received by July 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM were given to the members of the Clean Energy Development Board for their consideration.  ComThe Clean Energy Development Board will vote on a final Plan and Budget Allocations for FY 2015 on July 25th, 2014.

Telecommunications Plan Hearing Video and Transcript

On February 21, 2014, the Department of Public Service held a hearing to gain public input on telecommunications issues facing Vermont in anticipation of releasing the 2014 Telecommunications Plan. To view a video of the event or read the transcript, please click here.

VEC reports telephone scam

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) officials are warning members about a phone scam targeting utility consumers that aims to collect credit card information. Under the current scam, consumers have been contacted by callers that claim to be representing VEC and demand credit card information from consumers to pay their account balance or face immediate disconnection. This is fraudulent and inaccurate.

VEC follows Vermont Public Service Board rules when working with members on past due bills and pending disconnections. VEC does contact members by phone in order to agree upon a payment plan but does not require payment in full. Additionally, VEC offers alternative options for how the payment can be made to the utility.

Anyone receiving a suspicious call should remember not to give out personal information, including account or credit card numbers. To verify the authenticity of anyone claiming to be a representative of Vermont Electric Cooperative and requesting credit card information, members should call the utility at 1-800-832-2667.

At least some of the fraudulent calls have come from the phone number 866-978-6955, extension 2235. These calls have been reported to local police and are being investigated. Please contact VEC or the Vermont Department of Public Service with any questions or concerns. You may reach the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Public Service at 1-800-622-4496. Members may also choose to report these calls to the Vermont State Police.
 

Vermont USF High-Cost Phase III report

Act 169, as it amends 30 V.S.A. § 7515(b)(8), requires a series of reports related to the Vermont Universal Service Fund. The Public Service Department contracted with the consultant RLSA to prepare these reports. Volume III of the Universal Service Fund Report, entitled "Universal Service Goals and Policy Options," fulfills the Department's obligations under 30 V.S.A. $ 7515 (b). The purpose of this report is to inform the Legislature about various universal service considerations as committees take up the subject of universal service reform. The Department notes that the views, opinions, and recommendations contained within this report are strictly those of the authors, and do not represent the position or preferred policy direction of the Department.

 

Vermont USF Phase III report

Vermont USF study released

Act 169, as it amends 30 V.S.A. § 7515(b)(8), requires a series of reports related to the Vermont Universal Service Fund. The Public Service Department contracted with the consultant RLSA to prepare a report on the costs and profibitablity of Vermont Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers.

Costs and Profitibility Report

Settlement Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding signed on December 23, 2013, between the State of Vermont and Entergy Vermont Yankee

Please find attached two documents that describe the Settlement Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding signed on December 23, 2013, between the State of Vermont and Entergy Vermont Yankee.

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Energy Labeling Working Group Report

The PSD has submitted the report “Development of a Residential Voluntary Building Energy Label” on behalf of the Energy Labeling Working Group to the Legislature, as required in Act 89.  As called for in the Act, the report addresses developing a consistent format and presentation for an energy rating that an owner may use to disclose the energy performance of a residential building. The working group was also charged with developing or selecting one or more tools that can be used to generate the energy rating. A copy of the full report and supplemental material is available here.

High Cost Study - VUSF Audit Report

As directed by Act 169, as it added subsection 30 V.S.A. § 7515(b)(8), the PSD released the VUSF Audit Report portion of its High Cost Study, titled QSI VUSF Audit Report: Assessment of the Vermont Universal Service Fund, on May 3, 2013.  The Department, in conjunction with the Public Service Board, contracted the firm QSI Consulting, Inc. (“QSI”) to conduct the audit and prepare a report on the Vermont Universal Service Fund ("VUSF").  QSI's audit report details the management audit performed by QSI to: (1) analyze the Fiscal Agent's administration practices; (2) examine telecommunications service provider practices of collecting VUSF surcharges from their retail telecommunications customers; (3) test the accuracy of VUSF surcharge remittances made by telecommunications service providers to the Fiscal Agent and the Fiscal Agent's accounting of those remittances; and (4) review the Fiscal Agent's practices and procedures involving the disbursement of VUSF monies to the authorized programs funded by the VUSF.

High Cost Study - FCC Impact Report

As directed by Act 169, as it amends 30 V.S.A. § 7515(b)(6), the PSD released the FCC Impact Report portion of its High Cost Study, titled Revenue Effects of FCC Reforms to Intercarrier Compensation and Federal Universal Service Mechanisms, on February 19, 2013.  The Department, in conjunction with the Public Service Board (“Board”), contracted the consulting firm Rolka Loube Saltzer Associates (“RLSA”) to conduct this FCC impact study as the first of a three part study into whether high cost services should be supported through the Vermont Universal Service Fund (“VUSF”).  This report concludes that while FCC actions will have an impact on ILEC revenues, until the regulated and non-regulated revenues are studied in further reports, due to be submitted to the legislature in March and April, respectively, the Department cannot make a recommendation regarding the activation of high cost voice support at this time.

Prepaid Wireless VUSF Report

As directed by Act 169, Section 4, the PSD released its prepaid wireless VUSF report, titled Analysis and Recommendations Regarding the Application of the State's Universal Service Charge to Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications Services, on February 7, 2013.  To develop the report, the PSD, in consultation with the Department of Taxes, convened a working group to consider how and whether to implement VUSF charges for prepaid wireless services.  Included in the report are two alternatives for draft legislation.

2012 Vermont Telecom Survey Report

On February 7, 2013, the Public Service Department released the 2012 Vermont Telecommunications Survey Report.  ICF International conducted the survey on the behalf of the Department from July through September 2012.

Vermont Smart Meter Measurement Report

As directed by Act 170, the PSD released the Vermont smart meter measurement report, titled An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Deployed in Vermont, on January 23, 2013.  The full report is now available as a single PDF document.

Governor's Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission

On October 2, 2012, Governor Peter Shumlin created the Governor’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission through Executive Order No. 10-12. You can access information on the Governors Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission by clicking here.