On August 15, 2017, the Public Utility Commission ("Commission") adopted final rules related to the maintenance of aesthetic mitigation measures and decommissioning for facilities subject to its jurisdiction under 30 V.S.A. § 248. The adopted rules take effect for new requests for a certificate of public good filed on or after September 1, 2017.
Text of the final rules adopted by the Commission follow:
The History of the Aesthetic Mitigation and Decommissioning Rules
Historic documents related to the Commission's development and consideration of the proposed rules are included below:
The three proposed rules initially filed by the Commission:
Proposed Amendments to Board Rule 5.400 (conforming amendments necessary to implement the proposed rule on decommissioning.
Initial Comments on Rules
On March 2, 2017, the Department of Public Service filed its initial comments on the proposed rules. The Department's comments are available here:
On March 13, 2017, the Two-Rivers Ottaquechee Regional Commission submitted comments on the rule, available here:
Final Comments on Rules
Final Proposed Rules
On June 30, 2017, the Commission filed final proposed rules with the Secretary of State and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. Copies of the final proposed rules and associated filing documents are posted below: