Recent PUC Actions
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. Filing forms 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. Filing forms can be accessed by clicking here.
PUC Lifts Temporary Moratorium on Utility Disconnections and Orders Protections for Customers Facing Economic Hardships
On 10/8/20 the Public Utility Commission announced that the temporary moratorium on utility service disconnections will end on October 15, 2020. The Commission is also ordering new mandatory consumer protections for utility customers who are facing economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PUC Issues 2019 Annual Report
The Vermont Public Utility Commission issued a report summarizing its 2019 activities.
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.
Now Open ePUC Documents Without Being Logged In
Anyone can now open public documents in ePUC without being logged in. You can also click on links to documents in emails sent by ePUC and download the documents without being logged in.
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.
The Vermont Public Utility Commission (“Commission”) submitted its 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.