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Rate Design Initiative

The Vermont Department of Public Service convened the Rate Design Initiative (RDI), a multi-stakeholder process to explore options and provide guidance to the Department on future rate design cases. The RDI is funded with resources from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. In the spring of 2019, PSD solicited bids for a contractor to facilitate the process and selected NewGen Strategies and Solutions, LLC from Colorado. The initiative began with a kick-off in December 2019, then was followed by a series of in-person and virtual workshops from January to July 2020. The Phase I RDI final report has been issued and can be downloaded via the link below.

Phase II, now underway, continues these efforts by supporting distribution utilities launch innovative rate and pilot programs.

For questions regarding the RDI, please contact Edward Delhagen at or Philip Picotte at

Phase II Solicitation

Soliciatation Document for Municipal and Cooperative Distribution Utilities (November 2, 2021)

Answers to Questions (Updated December 2, 2021)

Phase I Final RDI Report

The Final RDI Report is now available.

Phase I Workshops

Links to the RDI workshop materials are provided below.

  • Workshop #5 (July 16, 2020) - Virtual workshop via internet

Workshop slide presentation 

  • ​Workshop #4 (May 21, 2020) – Virtual workshop via internet

​Workshop slide presentation
Notes (revised)
Hall (Burlington Electric Department)
Hines (Packetized Energy)
Monder (Green Mountain Power)
Weston (Regulatory Assistance Project)
Panel discussion

  • Workshop #3 (April 16, 2020) – Virtual workshop via internet

Workshop slide presentation
Panel #1: Brunner (Vermont Electric Cooperative)
Panel #1: Castonguay (Green Mountain Power)
Panel #1: Duval (Energy Action Network)
Panel #1: Presume (VELCO)
Panel #2: Bode (Demand Side Analytics)
Panel #2: Hall (Burlington Electric Department)
Panel #2: Hines (Packetized Energy)
Panel #2: Sprayregen (Opower)
Panel #2: Turk (Green Mountain Power)
Panel #2: Weston (Regulatory Assistance Project)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report #1
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report #2
Regulatory Assistance Project Report

  • ​Workshop #2 (January 28, 2020) – Montpelier, VT​

Workshop slide presentation
Report-out worksheets
Scenario 1 for modeling
Scenario 2 for modeling

  • Workshop #1 (December 12, 2019) – Montpelier, VT​​

Workshop slide presentation