Energy Affordability Initiative

Governor Scott launches the Energy Affordability Initiative after being unanimously elected the 2018 chair of the bipartisan Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG)  The Governor, as chair, will focus on identifying ways to make energy costs more affordable through regional coordination. At Governor Scott’s request, CONEG member states have agreed to convene the Energy Affordability Initiative Task Force with one delegate per participating state.

The task force will work together to aggregate and distill ideas generated from expert stakeholders across the region, including technology companies, consumers (i.e., commercial, industrial and residential), utilities, and state officials; and the members and staff of the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), ISO-New England, and NY-ISO.  Recommendations will be presented to the Coalition of Northeastern Governors at the 42nd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, which will be held at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, August 12-14, 2018.

Public Meeting June 22nd

The Department of Public Service will hold a public meeting to gather input from Vermonters for the Energy Affordability Initiative. The Department wants to hear your ideas about how to make electricity and other forms of energy more affordable.  Please join us Friday, June 22, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Pavilion Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier.

The public meeting will be streamed live over the Internet; the service will not be interactive. Off-site attendees will be able to view and hear the meeting presenters, but the people in the Pavilion will not be able to view or hear the off-site attendees. Off-site attendees may be able to pose questions via a text chat function. Supported web browsers for the event include: Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 35 or later, Firefox, OSX Safari, iOS 8 or later, and Android (KitKat). Note: Adobe Flash is required for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, Firefox versions 41 and earlier, and Safari on Mac.  

Round-Table Discussions

The Department will soon announce a series of round-table discussions with various stakeholder groups to solicit ideas on how to make energy more affordable in Vermont and New England as a whole.

Comments will be accepted through July 17, 2018

The Department also invites comments via email to: PSD.EnergyAffordability@vermont.gov, or by mail at:

Vermont Department of Public Service
Planning & Energy Resources Division
112 State Street—3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601

About CONEG

CONEG includes governors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont and is a non-partisan association of the Northeast states, encouraging intergovernmental cooperation on issues affecting the economy. 

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