Here are some ways to get involved with the Vermont System Planning Committee or learning more about transmission planning.
Join the VSPC mailing list
To sign up to receive notices of VSPC meetings, workshops, and other email notifications, choose “join the mailing list” on the Contact Us form.
Attend a VSPC meeting or a subcommittee meeting
VSPC meetings are open to the public*. Check the VSPC calendar for upcoming meetings.
*Exception: during discussions of Critical Energy Infrastructure Information or otherwise confidential information, when a signed non-disclosure agreement is required for participation.
Participate in a VSPC subcommittee
VSPC subcommittee membership does not require appointment to the full VSPC. If you are interested in becoming a member of a VSPC subcommittee, check “join a subcommittee” on the Contact Us form and indicate your area of interest in the comment section. A staff person will contact you to discuss your interest and provide you with more information.
Submit a letter of interest to the Public Utility Commission for appointment to a public member seat
From time to time, vacancies occur in one of the public seats on the VSPC. The Public Utility Commission then solicits letters of interest from potential candidates. A total of eight people are appointed to five-year terms by Board for the following public seats:
- Representative of residential customers: voting member & alternate
- Representative of commercial customers: voting member & alternate
- Representative of an environmental organization: voting member & alternate
- Supply resources representative: voting member & alternate
Vacancies available as of 4/1/2014:
- Commercial alternate
Letters of interest should describe the applicant's qualifications to represent the group he or she is seeking to represent, and explain the applicant's reasons for wanting to serve on the VSPC. Letters of interest for any current and future vacancies on the VSPC should be submitted to:
Vermont Public Utility Commission
4th Floor, 112 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701
Provide input to the three-year update of the Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan
Every three years, VELCO must update the 20-year Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan. The update process includes two rounds of drafts; one to obtain VSPC input and one to obtain public input. The public input process includes at least two public meetings and the solicitation of written comments. In each round, numerous additional public meetings have been held.
The schedule for the next update is as follows:
- July-December 2017—VELCO works with affected utilities and VSPC to develop draft
- January-February 2018—Formal VSPC review and input process
- March-May 2018—Public input on public review draft
- July 15, 2018—Final report filed with Public Utility Commission and Public Service Department
Sign up for Long-Range Plan Updates using Contact Us to receive notice of annual report input opportunities.