EEU Customer Programs

Overview

The Public Utility Commission (Commission) has established three types of programs that qualifying customers can use to manage energy efficiency projects on their own, without going through Efficiency Vermont. Participation criteria vary; however, customers wishing to self-administer energy efficiency must submit an application to the Public Utility Commission for approval.

  1. Energy Savings Accounts
  2. Commercial and Industrial Customer Credit Program
  3. Self-Managed Energy Efficiency Program

Energy Savings Accounts (ESA)

Under Vermont law, customers paying an average annual Energy Efficiency Charge (EEC) of at least $5,000 may apply to the Commission to self-administer energy efficiency through an energy savings account

The Energy Savings Account Implementation Document details the process.

Use these Efficiency Vermont materials to apply for this option:

Application Process:

Download the Energy Savings Account Application Form and the Energy Savings Account Terms and Conditions.

File the completed application package via ePUC; the system automatically provides notice of the application to any other required parties.

If mailing the application package to the Commission, a copy of the application package also must be mailed to any other required parties listed on the application form. Mail to the clerk at the address shown in the contact box on this page.

For More Information:

To learn more about the development of the Energy Savings Account option, go to ePUC and search for case numbers EEU-2013-02 and EEU-2014-02. 

When reading these documents, please note: the requirement for an energy savings account program was originally codified in 30 V.S.A. § 209(d)(4). However, in 2013, changes were made to § 209 such that the requirement is now codified in 30 V.S.A. § 209(d)(3)(B).

Commercial and Industrial Customer Credit Program (C&I)

The Commercial and Industrial Customer Credit Program specifically addresses the needs of large commercial and industrial electric customers desiring greater control over energy-efficiency expenditures at their facilities. The C&I customer credit program recognizes that certain commercial and industrial customers in Vermont are committed to - and possess considerable expertise in - energy efficiency.

To be eligible to participate, the customer must have:
  • never accepted financial incentives from a Vermont utility sponsored DSM program; and 
  • demonstrated a commitment to pursuing cost effective energy efficiency on its own.

Application Process:

No later than February 28th (29th if a leap year) of each calendar year, any customer may notify the utility, the Department of Public Service, and the Commission, in writing, that it intends to participate in the Program in that calendar year.

The Attachment to an August 24, 2012, Commission Order describes the current participation requirements and process in detail.

For More Information:

To learn more about the C&I Customer Credit Program, search ePUC for case number EEU-2012-0.

Self-Managed Energy Efficiency Program (SMEEP)

Transmission and industrial electric ratepayers (or the predecessor in interest at the served property) with at least $1.5 million in Energy Efficiency charges during calendar year 2008 may apply to implement electric and fuel energy efficiency measures on their own, instead of participating in services or initiatives offered by Vermont energy efficiency utilities. 

Approved by the Commission in its December 28, 2009, Order, the Self-Managed Energy Efficiency Program allows an eligible customer to be exempt from the energy efficiency charge ("EEC") provided the customer commits to spending an annual average of no less than $1 million over a three-year period on energy efficiency investments.

Application Process:

Eligible customers must demonstrate they have an existing comprehensive energy-management program with annual objectives (or demonstrate certification of ISO standard 14001.). Additionally, customers must commit to investing a minimum of $3 million over a three-year program cycle and pay a one-time participation fee.

For More Information:

To learn more about participating in SMEEP and its application process, search ePUC for this case: EEU-SMEEP. When reading the document, please note that the requirement for a self-managed energy efficiency program was originally codified in 30 V.S.A. § 209(h). However, in 2013, changes were made to § 209 such that the requirement is now codified in 30 V.S.A. § 209(j).

Contact Information

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