Planning for the Future of Vermont's Electric System
The Vermont System Planning Committee (VSPC) was created by a Vermont Public Service Board order. The Committee and its associated planning process make up a new approach to addressing reliability issues in Vermont’s electric transmission system. The process is designed to facilitate full, fair and timely consideration of cost-effective non-transmission alternatives to new transmission projects. The Committee increases collaboration among utilities, lengthens the planning horizon to be sure there is time to fully consider all alternatives, increases transparency of the process, and involves the public in decisions about alternatives.
The members of the VSPC include: representatives of each Vermont electric distribution and transmission utility; and three public member representing the interests of residential consumers, commercial and industrial consumers, and environmental protection respectively. In addition three non-voting members participate in the VSPC, including Vermont's Energy Efficiency Utility, the Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development Facilitator , and the Vermont Department of Public Service .
The VSPC structure and planning process was developed through a settlement among most of the parties in Docket 7081, the Public Service Board’s investigation of least-cost integrated resource planning for Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.
For current information about Vermont reliability issues, please visit VELCO's Transmission Plan Outreach site.