In 1999, the Commission approved a settlement among all Vermont electric utilities, the Department, and other interested parties, that provided for the creation of a statewide energy efficiency utility ("EEU") that would deliver energy efficiency services to Vermonters throughout the state.
Commission order approving settlement
In its approval of a related agreement, the Commission established the City of Burlington Electric Department (BED) as an EEU serving BED customers.
Commission order approving BED proposal
Historically, the EEU program established a statewide energy efficiency provider (which has operated under the name Efficiency Vermont), a Contract Administrator, and a Fiscal Agent, all of whom were contractors to the Commission. Efficiency Vermont and BED delivered the energy efficiency services to customers. The Contract Administrator helped the Commission administer its contract with Efficiency Vermont by tracking Efficiency Vermont's compliance with the terms of the contract and by mediating any disputes that arose related to the EEU. The Fiscal Agent provided the accounting function of managing the Energy Efficiency Utility Fund.
This original settlement and related bilateral agreement set out the basic structure for the energy efficiency program that was in effect through 2010. The settlement also provided that the Department would be responsible for monitoring and evaluating Efficiency Vermont's service offerings. Collectively, these entities comprised the EEU program, while entities providing efficiency services, such as Efficiency Vermont and BED, are termed EEUs.
The 1999 settlement also provided for the creation of an Advisory Committee made up of electric utility, public interest, and other representatives appointed by the Commission. The Advisory Committee's purpose was to serve as a channel of communication between Efficiency Vermont and key stakeholder groups; it was not a Committee of Directors and had no authority over Efficiency Vermont.