A number of State agencies and departments regularly participate in proceedings before the Commission, often appearing as parties arguing for the Commission to adopt their points of view. These agencies have specific roles and duties assigned by law, which are described below.
Department of Public Service: The Department of Public Service (typically referred to as the Department, DPS, or PSD) is a State agency that is independent from the Commission. The Department’s mission is to serve all Vermont citizens in energy, telecommunications, and water utility matters, through public advocacy, planning, programs, and other actions that meet the public’s need for least-cost, environmentally sound, efficient, reliable, secure, sustainable, and safe utility systems. The Department is a mandatory party to all Commission cases and is charged with providing evidence and making recommendations on any of these issues that are relevant in a case. The Department is tasked with representing the broad interests of the people of the State in Commission cases; it does not represent individual members of the public. However, members of the public who have concerns about cases before the Commission may share their concerns with the Department, which can be contacted at: DPS Contact Info
Agency of Natural Resources (ANR): ANR is a mandatory party in Commission cases involving the physical siting of utility infrastructure, including electric generation facilities (such as solar and wind projects), electric transmission facilities (such as power lines and substations), natural gas pipelines, and cell towers. ANR is charged with providing evidence and recommendations related to how the construction and operation of a project may affect natural resources in Vermont.
Division for Historic Preservation (DHP): DHP is not a mandatory party in Commission cases. However, DHP often obtains party status to participate in Commission proceedings. DHP provides evidence and recommendations related to how the construction and operation of a project may affect historic sites in Vermont.
Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (AAFM): AAFM is a mandatory party in Commission proceedings where the siting and operation of large electric generation facilities may affect primary agricultural soils. AAFM may request to be a party in cases involving the siting and operation of smaller electric generation facilities or other utility infrastructure.