VELCO files permit application with PUC for Northwest Reliability Project (NRP), 63-mile upgrade from West Rutland to South Burlington.
PUC issues Certificate of Public Good for NRP, stating its intention to open a separate docket to consider how to more fully integrate consideration of non-transmission alternatives into grid planning.
Act 61, 2005 VT General Assembly, enacted, amending 30 V.S.A. § 218c to require VELCO to prepare a transmission system plan, after public hearings and opportunity for input by the distribution utilities, the state's Energy Efficiency Utility, and the Vermont Department of Public Service.
PUC opens Docket 7081, Investigation into Least-Cost Integrated Resource Planning for Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.'s Transmission System.
Following more than a year of negotiation, Memorandum of Understanding settling issues in Docket 7081 submitted by most parties (VELCO, most utilities, Public Service Department, Associated Industries of VT). MOU details VSPC process.
Following hearings and other steps in litigation, PUC approves parties’ MOU in Docket 7081 with minor modifications.
VSPC convenes for the first time. Establishes quarterly meeting schedule.
VSPC adopts rules of procedure and forms subcommittees.
VSPC website launched.
Forecast zones defined by VSPC for Vermont load forecasting.
Screening tool adopted and submitted to PUC for determining which reliability issues require full analysis of their potential to be resolved with non-transmission alternatives.
Form of non-disclosure agreement for critical energy infrastructure information adopted and submitted to PUC.
First cycle under Docket 7081 process for VSPC input into VELCO’s three-year update of 20-year Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan. After a VSPC draft and input, and a public draft and input, VELCO submits Plan July 1, 2009.
VSPC completes six-month effort to evaluate the Docket 7081 process and submits evaluation to PUC.
Combined Heat and Power Study completed by VSPC.
Central Vermont Non-Transmission Alternatives Study Group formed by utilities, led by GMP, to consider whether a transmission project to resolve the Central VT reliability deficiency identified by ISO-New England could be avoided with some combination of generation and demand-side management.
VSPC submits process improvements (amendments to Docket 7081 MOU) to PUC.
Second cycle under Docket 7081 process for VSPC input into VELCO’s three-year update of 20-year Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan. After a VSPC draft and input, and a public draft and input, VELCO submits Plan July 1, 2012.
Central VT NTA Study Group reports findings to ISO-New England that distributed generation and energy efficiency are closing the reliability gap for the Central VT reliability issue.
Following re-study, ISO-New England concludes that Central VT deficiency does not arise within their 10-year planning horizon; removes upgrade from Regional System Plan, avoiding a $157 million transmission upgrade.
Third cycle under Docket 7081 process for VSPC input into VELCO's three-year update of 20-year Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan. After a VSPC draft and input, and a public draft and input, VELCO submits Plan July 1, 2015.