The Public Service Department (PSD) is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government, and is charged with representing the public interest in energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater utility matters.

The mission of the PSD is to serve all citizens of Vermont through public advocacy, planning, programs, and other actions that Chris Recchia Photomeet the public's need for least cost, environmentally sound, efficient, reliable, secure, sustainable, and safe energy, telecommunications, and regulated utility systems in the state for the short and long term.

We work to advance Vermonter’s quality of life, economy and security through implementation of our statewide energy and telecommunications goals,  using sound statewide energy and telecommunications planning, strong public advocacy of the public good, and through strong consumer protection advocacy for individuals. 

For more information about the PSD, please visit our About Us page.

Christopher Recchia, Commissioner


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Solar Siting Task Force

The website for the Solar Siting Task Force is http://solartaskforce.vermont.gov. There, you will find announcements, meeting materials, and public comment information.

Small Hydropower Assistance Program Now Available

The Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program (Program) is now accepting applications. The Program offers screening criteria and state agency assistance to help aspiring hydropower developers understand the potential impacts of a given hydropower proposal, and how to address those impacts as required in the federal and state hydropower permitting processes. More information on the program, as well as the screening criteria and application form, are available here.

Connectivity Initiative 2015 awards

Gov. Shumlin Announces Nearly $900,000 in Broadband Grants to Underserved Vermont Communities

Communities Include Norwich, Pittsfield, Randolph, Royalton, Jamaica, Rochester, Reading & Bradford


MONTPELIER – Eight rural, underserved Vermont communities are getting help to boost broadband internet speeds. The towns of Norwich, Pittsfield, Randolph, Royalton, Jamaica, Rochester, Reading, and Bradford will receive nearly $900,000 for speed improvement upgrades, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today.


“I’m proud that we have reached near universal broadband coverage in this state in the last four years,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Now our focus has to turn to improving the infrastructure we have rolled out so that it keeps pace with the changing needs of a 21st century economy. That means boosting broadband speeds, and these grants will do that in some of the hardest to reach Vermont towns.”


“The great thing about these awards is that we are taking these underserved addresses and ‘leap-frogging’ their speeds from among the slowest, to among the fastest available – that will serve these most difficult sites for many years into the future” said Christopher Recchia, Commissioner of the Department of Public Service. “This will be the Department’s objective in our future work as funds become available.”


The largest award, $365,304, will go the ECFiber to serve addresses in the towns of Norwich, Pittsfield, Randolph, and Royalton. FairPoint will receive $290,000 to serve addresses in Reading and Bradford. And Comcast will receive $230,639 to serve addresses in Norwich, Jamaica, and Rochester. In total, the funds will serve 175 underserved addresses in these areas and will also bring better service to additional locations.


The funding for these grants comes through the Connectivity Initiative signed into law by the Governor in June of 2014 to help spur last mile investment in rural broadband networks, and these awards represent the first round of funding since the law went into effect. The eight communities receiving the first round of funding were chosen because the Department of Public Service considers them to be among the hardest locations to serve.


The Governor made expanding broadband to every corner of the state a priority when he came to office. Today, just about all addresses in the state either have broadband access of have a funded broadband solution in place.


Specific information about the awards can be found on the Connectivity Initiative 2015 grant page.