Recent PUC Actions
PUC Issues Final Report to Legislature on All-Fuels Energy Efficiency in Vermont
On January 15, 2021, the Public Utility Commission submitted its final report on all-fuels energy efficiency in Vermont to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and the House Committee on Energy and Technology. The report states that Vermont has the people, the know-how, the infrastructure, and the coordination in place to help Vermont reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and heating sectors. However, the report notes that additional funding is needed and provides principles and recommendations to guide lawmakers' considerations regarding funding.
PUC Reinstates Moratorium on Disconnection of Utility Service
On December 22, 2020, the Public Utility Commission again directed the state’s regulated utilities to stop any disconnection of utility service due to nonpayment of electricity, natural gas, and landline phone bills, except for unoccupied properties. This moratorium on involuntary utility disconnections will last through March 31, 2021.
PUC Completes Biennial Review of Net-Metering Adjusters and Blended Residential Rate
The order analyzes the pace and financial impact of net-metering to date, resulting in a slight decrease in net-metering adjustors for future systems in 2021 and an increase in the statewide blended residential rate for all systems, which partially offsets the decreases.
PUC Adopts Revised Emergency Rule 2.500
This revised emergency rule extends the amended filing and procedural requirements and alternative procedures to reduce or eliminate in-person contact between members of the public and Commission staff or other members of the public to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Memo accompanying the rule can be accessed by clicking here.
PUC Adopts Emergency Rule 2.600
On October 16, 2020, the moratorium on gas, electric, and basic telephone disconnections was lifted in order to encourage greater participation in the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program that distributes federal funds. This emergency rule amends various procedural requirements to reduce or eliminate in-person contact between members of the public and utility staff to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This rule also provides enhanced consumer protections to customers who may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Memo accompanying the rule can be accessed by clicking here.
PUC Issues Guidance for Participating in Remote Public Hearings
The Public Utility Commission has issued guidance to help members of the public prepare for and participate in remote public hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Order Opening Rulemaking
The Vermont Public Utility Commission has opened a proceeding to update and revise its formal rules for Commission cases and hearings. A copy of the proposed rules and procedures for submitting comments on the proposed rules can be accessed by clicking here.
Other Useful Topics
Tips for Using ePUC
ePUC is an online case management system used for filing, finding and accessing Commission case documents. All new cases can be filed in ePUC. Information on how to use ePUC, including the Commission’s Procedures for Electronic Filing Using ePUC, is available.
Revised Version of Department/Commission Application Fee Form
The Department of Public Service has posted on its website a revised version of the Department/Commission Application Fee Form for in-state generation facilities. Please use the revised form when submitting your fee payments.
In January 2020, the Public Utility Commission submitted its preliminary report on all-fuels efficiency in Vermont to the House Committee on Energy and Technology and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The report highlights the need for additional funding and parallel comprehensive efficiency programs in Vermont’s heating and transportation sectors. This report lays out Vermont’s existing energy-related goals, programs, and funding sources as a necessary starting point for identifying program and funding gaps that prevent Vermont from achieving its goals and in order to identify opportunities for additional program coordination.
The PUC submitted a report to the Vermont State Legislature explaining the potential effects from the imposition of fees on the charging of electric vehicles in Vermont. The report explores a variety of ways to make sure that drivers of electric vehicles pay their fair share of the costs of maintaining Vermont’s roadways and makes recommendations to ensure that the collection of any such fees does not create barriers to the continued adoption of electric vehicles by Vermonters. The report also explores issues associated with the costs and benefits of electric vehicle charging to Vermont’s utilities and utility customers. Please see correction to footnote 64.
PUC Issues Report to Legislature on Recommendations Regarding Revisions to 30 V.S.A. § 248a
The Public Utility Commission has issued its report to the Legislature on recommendations regarding revisions to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, pursuant to Section 2 of Act 25 (S.301) of the 2019/2020 legislative session.
PUC Issues 2019 Annual Report
The Vermont Public Utility Commission issued a report summarizing its 2019 activities.
Order Providing Guidance for Exhibit Numbers
The Public Utility Commission has issued guidance on how to number exhibits, effective for new cases filed with the Commission after July 31, 2020. The goal of this new exhibit-numbering convention is to make it easier for participants in remote, web-based evidentiary hearings to be sure which document is being referred to during the questioning of a witness.