Our Jurisdiction

Here's what the Commission does and does not regulate within each industry category. The Commission also provides routine and special reports to the Vermont State legislature.

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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