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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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Announcements:

 

Solar Siting Task Force

Vermont Public Service Department Announces First Meeting of Solar Siting Task Force

 

MONTPELIER – The first meeting of the Solar Siting Task Force will take place on Tuesday, July 28 from 1-3 p.m. in the Giga conference room on the third floor of the Public Service Department, 112 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont.  The Solar Siting Task Force was created in Act 56 of the 2014-2015 legislative session.  Details on the membership, duties, and timeframe of the Task Force can be found in Act 56, Sec. 26g.

 

The draft agenda for the July 28 meeting is listed below and will cover assignment of chair and vice-chair positions, review of the duties of the Task Force, and scheduling of future meetings.

 

Solar Siting Task Force July 28, 2015 Draft Meeting Agenda

1.       Welcome, Overview of Agenda & Member Introductions

-          PSD Commissioner Christopher Recchia

2.       Discussion of Duties

3.       Discussion of Meeting Topics and Schedule

4.       Next Information Session meeting planning

5.       Commission Election of Chair and Vice Chair

6.       Public comments

7.       Other Business

8.       Wrap Up

 

All meetings of the Solar Siting Task Force are open to the public.

 

Agenda

Task Force membership

 

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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.

 

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Public Comments Sought On Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s Operation of Efficiency Vermont

State utility regulators are interested in your comments about the performance of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), the administrator of Efficiency Vermont. The Vermont Public Service Board (Board) and the Vermont Department of Public Service are reviewing VEIC's performance from 2009 through 2014 as a routine part of the State's oversight of Efficiency Vermont. The purpose of this review is to determine if VEIC has performed as expected and, if not, whether the Board should consider appointing a different administrator. Customer input is an important part of this review process.

VEIC has operated Efficiency Vermont under a Board appointment since 2009, and has provided energy efficiency services to Vermont homes, businesses, and communities since 1999. VEIC provides Efficiency Vermont services in all electric utility service areas except the City of Burlington Electric Department service territory.

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 8455 in your comments. Interested entities and individuals may also seek to intervene in the proceeding by filing a Motion to Intervene prior to May 1, 2015. More information about the Board's review is available on the Board's website at http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsandprojects/eeu/8455.