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The Vermont Public Utility Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) is responsible for the general administration of Vermont public utilities, specifically including those responsible for electrical distribution and transmission, natural gas, and energy efficiency programs, as well as wireline telecommunications and cable companies, and certain private water companies. The Commission also oversees siting projects by companies engaged in renewable energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, and biomass), as well as wireless telecommunications facilities (infrastructure providers and carriers). Since March 17, 2020, the Commission has been attempting to adopt its procedures, guidelines, and protocols to conform more closely with Governor Scott’s Stay Home / Stay Safe Order to the extent possible. 

Order Extending Applicability of Guidance on Making Certain Filings and Confirming That Commission Does Not Intend To Hold Site Visits Through April 2021. Order entered on October 15, 2020.

  1. Vermont PUC Emergency Disconnection Rule 2.600. Effective October 15, 2020.
  2. Vermont PUC Emergency Rule 2.500. This rule amends various filing and procedural requirements and provides alternative procedures to reduce or eliminate in-person contact between members of the public.
  3. Order Re Interconnection Agreement Execution Deadlines. Order entered July 30, 2020.
  4. Order Providing Guidance for Exhibit Numbers. Order entered July 9, 2020.
  5. Order Clarifying Commission Processing of Expedited Requests. Order entered June 30, 2020.
  6. Order Requesting Public Comments Responding To Request For Waiver Of Commission Rule 5.508(B) For Certain Execution Deadlines. Order entered June 18, 2020.
  7. Vermont PUC Guidance For Participating In Remote Evidentiary Hearings.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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