Our Jurisdiction

What the Commission regulates, and what the Commission does not regulate in each of the following utility industries:

Electricity

General

What we regulate:

  • Utility franchise territory boundaries
  • Rates paid by consumers
  • Quality of service
  • Service disconnection
  • Safety
  • Line extensions
  • Siting and construction of generation and transmission facilities
  • Long-term out-of-state power purchase agreements
  • Long-term resource planning
  • Energy efficiency programs
  • Rates paid to independent power producers
  • Intrastate interconnection of transmission or distribution facilities
  • Net-metering

What we do not regulate:

  • Transmission of electricity in interstate commerce (except facility siting)
  • Wholesale electricity sales in interstate commerce
  • Hydroelectric facilities subject to federal regulation

Nuclear Power

What we regulate:

  • Reliability of nuclear power generated in Vermont
  • Siting and construction of facilities, including waste storage facilities

What we do not regulate:

  • Nuclear power plant radiological safety
  • Health concerns due to radiation exposure
  • Nuclear waste transportation or permanent disposal

Hydroelectric Power

What we regulate:

  • Hydroelectric dam ownership/operating issues arising under Vermont law

What we do not regulate:

  • Hydroelectric dam ownership/operating issues arising under federal law
  • Interconnection to the interstate transmission system
  • Wholesale electricity transmission in interstate commerce
  • Wholesale electricity sales in interstate commerce

Wind Generation

What we regulate:

  • Siting and construction of facilities

Natural Gas

What we regulate:

  • Rates paid by consumers
  • Quality of service
  • Service disconnection
  • Line extensions
  • Siting and construction of intrastate transmission facilities
  • Long-term power purchase agreements
  • Long-term resource planning
  • Energy efficiency programs
  • Local distribution pipelines
  • Pipeline safety

What we do not regulate:

  • Interstate transmission pipelines
  • International transmission pipelines

Telecommunications

What we regulate:

  • Intrastate telephone service rates and quality
  • Interstate telephone service quality
  • Service disconnection
  • Wholesale telephone service quality
  • Line extensions
  • Siting and construction of certain telecommunications towers
  • Interconnection agreements (arbitration per Federal Telecommunications Act)
  • Administration of the extended area service process
  • Franchise territory boundaries
  • E911 service
  • Lifeline program
  • Telecommunications relay service
  • Basic exchange telecommunications services

What we do not regulate:

  • Interstate telephone service rates
  • Cellular telephone service rates or availability
  • Paging service rates, quality or availability
  • Most internet service providers

Cable Television

What we regulate:

  • Service quality
  • Service disconnection
  • Line extensions
  • Franchise territory boundaries
  • Public Education and Governmental ("PEG") system capacity
  • Adequacy of funding and facilities for meeting PEG obligations
  • Activities of PEG access management organizations

What we do not regulate:

  • Rates paid by consumers
  • Channel offerings to consumers

Water and Sewer

What we regulate:

  • Rates paid by consumers
  • Utility finances
  • Service quality
  • Service disconnection

What we do not regulate:

  • Water quality
  • Water systems owned by users, municipalities or fire districts
  • Privately-owned sewer systems with less than 750 source connections
  • Sewer systems owned by users, municipalities, or fire districts

Contact Information

Judith C. Whitney
Clerk of the Commission
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT  05620-2701
(802) 828-2358
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