Information for Consumers

Overview

This section is designed to provide information to consumers about their regulated utility service; to educate consumers on how to advocate for themselves regarding problems with their utility companies; and to assist consumers in resolving utility-related issues. Increasingly, the Consumer Affairs & Public Information (CAPI) Division takes in complaints about unregulated consumer issues such as broadband, wireless, cable modem and Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Information about these services and what you can do to resolve problems with respect to these services is also included in these pages.

Rate Case Bulletins

Public participation matters and we want to hear from you about rate cases.  Your comments will help us better represent the public.  Bulletins about current cases can be found at Rate Case Bulletins.

Your Rights as a Consumer

If you are having a problem with a regulated utility, you should first try to resolve the issue directly with the utility. If you have taken this first step but have not been successful in getting the issue resolved, the Consumer Affairs & Public Information (CAPI) Division may be able to help. Additionally, CAPI provides information to help consumers advocate for themselves when dealing with utility issues. CAPI can also refer consumers to other state offices or outside agencies for issues that are beyond the Vermont Public Service Department's (PSD) or Vermont Public Service Board's (Board) regulatory authority, as needed.

  • To contact the CAPI Division, go to our Contact Us page or fill out our Contact Form.
  • To file a complaint, send us an e-mail (please include your name, address and phone number, and the utility in question, along with a description of the problem); or contact us in person.

Payment Assistance & Programs for Low-Income Consumers

If you are having difficulty paying your utility bills, there may assistance available to you.

Programs for Consumers with Disabilities

Vermont offers consumers with disabilities several programs to help them stay connected to the telephone system.

Consumer Information (by Industry)

These pages have consumer-related information with respect to regulated utilities, including electricity, natural gas and propane, telecommunciations, and cable television.

Public Involvement

The PSD encourages public input and involvement, and your opinions about the issues and utilities over which the PSD and the Board have regulatory oversight.

Department of Public Service

Christopher Recchia, Commissioner
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT
05620-2601

For questions, to submit comments or to file a complaint, please go to our Contact page.