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.

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Telecommunications & Connectivity Advisory Board Meeting Agenda


Telecommunications & Connectivity Advisory Board Meeting


Monday, November 30, 2015

Public Service Department, 3rd Floor, Giga Conference Room

112 State Street, Montpelier 05602



ARRIVAL – 10:30 a.m.    

  1. Introductions
  2. Statutory Charge of Connectivity Advisory Board
  3. Review Connectivity Report
  4. DPS Presentations
    1. Fiber Projects
    2. Grant Program
    3. Fixed Wireless
  5. Establish next meeting time
  6. Adjourn


Public Comments Sought on the City of Burlington Electric Department’s Energy Efficiency Services

The City of Burlington Electric Department (BED) filed on 10/5/2015 a petition with the Vermont Public Service Board seeking to be re-appointed as the City’s Energy Efficiency Utility (EEU). A copy of that petition can be found here:

Cover Letter & Petition
Direct Testimony of Chris Burns
OPA Memorandum

In connection with BED’s request, State utility regulators are interested in your comments about the performance of BED as the city’s provider of energy efficiency services.

The Vermont Public Service Board (Board) and the Vermont Department of Public Service are reviewing BED's performance as an EEU from 2009 through 2014 as a routine part of the State's oversight of the State’s Energy Efficiency Utilities. The purpose of this review is to determine if BED has performed as expected with respect to the delivery of energy efficiency services and, if not, whether the Board should consider appointing a different entity to provide these services. Customer input is an important part of this review process.

If you would like to provide comments, please send them in writing to psb.clerk@state.vt.us or to the Vermont Public Service Board, 112 State Street, Montpelier VT 05620-2701. Please reference Docket 8606 in your comments. Interested entities and individuals may also seek to intervene in the proceeding by filing a Motion to Intervene prior to November 24, 2015.

More information about the Board's review is available on the Board's website at http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsandprojects/eeu/bedopa8606.


Report to the Legislature – November Public Comment Opportunity

The Public Service Department was asked by the Legislature to provide a report by December 15, 2015, analyzing the structure of its Public Advocacy Division and whether alternate structures could result in improved benefits for utility ratepayers.

The Department will be holding two public hearings in November to solicit input from the general public. The hearings are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 17 in Shelburne: Shelburne Town Office, Meeting Room 1, 5420 Shelburne Road
  • Wednesday, November 18 in Brattleboro: Brattleboro High School, Multipurpose Room, 131 Fairground Road

The hearings will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Department also welcomes written comments from any Vermont residents.  Comments should be received by November 30, 2015.  The purpose of the report is to examine the structure of the public advocacy function of the Department, rather than any specific positions that the Department has taken.  Comments directly addressing the structure of the public advocate’s office will be most relevant and helpful.

Comments may be provided by mailing them by November 30, 2015 to the address below, or by email to Wayne.Jortner@vermont.gov.

Vermont Department of Public Service
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

Transcripts from previous public hearings can be found here: Rutland and Morrisville.