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The Public Service Department (PSD) frequently issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and other requests, such as Requests for Information, for consultant services, grants, projects and other bid opportunities. These opportunities to do business with the PSD are also advertised on the Vermont Business Assistance Network operated by the Vermont Department of Economic Development.

If you are a consultant in a utility-related subject area and are interested in being included on the distribution list for RFPs in your field, please Contact Us and include email and postal contact information, as well as a description of the kinds of work you would be interested in bidding on.

Wood Heating Grant Opportunity for Schools and Non-profit Housing Groups

The CEDF has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain proposals for the installation of new advanced wood heating systems in public schools and low-income housing developments. This RFP is part of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund’s (CEDF) Clean Heat Community Challenge initiative.  The RFP and more information can be found on the CEDF web page.


Proposals must arrive at the Public Service Department (PSD) office by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, June 30, 2015.


The total amount of funding available through this competitive RFP will be at least $300,000 awarded through two separate RFPs.  The first RFP will have $150,000 available for awards.  The second round will be released in September of 2015 and will have at least an additional $150,000 available. Any funds not granted in the first round will be made available in the second round.  The maximum grant available through this RFP is $50,000 toward the direct installed costs of installing new AWH systems.


Any questions should be submitted in writing, preferably by email, with the subject line, “Advanced Wood Heating – Schools and Housing RFP Question.” Questions are due by 4 p.m. June 10, 2015 and will be answered in a comprehensive Q&A document that will be posted at the CEDF web site (alongside this RFP)by June 15, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Request for Proposals to Create Thermal Energy & Process Fuel Statewide Information Clearinghouse

The Vermont Public Service Department (“Department”) issues a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for services necessary to create a statewide information clearinghouse ("Clearinghouse") for thermal energy and process fuel ("TEPF") programs in Vermont. The Clearinghouse shall consist of a webpage-based portal that enables access to Clearinghouse information. The Clearinghouse shall also include the development and distribution of Clearinghouse promotional materials.

All questions regarding this RFP should be directed in writing to the Department no later than the close of business on April 29, 2015. The target date for the Department to respond to questions in writing is by May 8, 2015. The Department’s responses to bidder questions will be provided at

Each proposal submission must include three hard copies with original signatures and one electronic copy (via email preferred).  Both hard copies and electronic copies of proposals are due to the Department no later than May 29, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Download the RFP


Department’s Response to Questions regarding the RFP

The Department provides written response to questions regarding the RFP.

Connectivity Initiative 2015 RFP

Vermont Public Service Department Issues First Request for Proposals under the Connectivity Initiative

Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today issued its first request for proposals under the new Connectivity Initiative, pursuant to Act 190 passed in 2014. The RFP invites Internet Service Providers to submit proposals to serve locations identified by the Department as needing improved access to broadband Internet service. The Department will award grants to organizations willing to serve these areas. The Department will utilize up to $963,350.00 in available funding to support the extension of broadband facilities in underserved communities.

Public Service Commissioner, Christopher Recchia, stated “the Connectivity Initiative will play an important role in continuing Vermont’s effort to bridge the connectivity divide between rural and urban communities.” Broadband speeds to underserved areas are the focus of the new initiative. “We hope that through the Connectivity Initiative we can increase the speed and quality of broadband service in Vermont’s hardest-to-reach areas,” said Commissioner Recchia. Any technology will be accepted, so long as it meets the minimum service characteristics contained in the RFP.

To initiate the process, the Department identified over 1,700 locations eligible for support through this first round of funding. The lowest acceptable speed for funding under this RFP is 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload, but the Department encourages solutions that provide higher levels of service. “We want to bring these communities the best quality broadband service we can with our funding,” stated Recchia.

A copy of the RFP, along with a list of eligible locations, can be obtained by visiting the Public Service Department online at or by emailing the Department at The proposal deadline is March 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. 

CEDF Windham County Solar Finance Program

November 13, 2014

CEDF Windham County Solar Finance Program **This RFP is now CLOSED**

The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) seek proposals from qualified financial institutions with a physical presence in Windham County that offer loans to residential customers interested in development of the Windham County Solar Finance Program (SF). The SF Program seeks to accelerate the deployment of solar energy technologies including solar PV and solar hot water in Windham County.


Hard copies and electronic copies of proposals must arrive at the Public Service Department by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.


Questions regarding the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be accepted until Monday, November 24, 2014. Questions must be submitted in writing via email with the subject line, “Windham County Solar Finance RFP Question” or delivered by U.S. Mail to the address below. Responses will be posted on the CEDF website at:


Edward Delhagen

Vermont Public Service Department


Nat. Gas and TEPF Potential Study

The Vermont Public Service Department seeks an independent contractor to conduct an evaluation of the potential for Natural Gas and Unregulated Thermal and Process Fuel Efficiency Programs in Vermont. 


Proposals must be submitted electronically to Barry Murphy at no later than 11:59 PM EST on May 8, 2014. 

Hard copies may also be delivered to 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620.


Questions on this RFP must be received by April 23, 2014.


RFP can bre found here.

Q&A can be found here.