PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD
Establishing Statute: 30 VSA Ch 1 § 3
Department: Public Service Board
Description: The three-member Public Service Board is a quasi-judicial board that supervises the rates, quality of service, and overall financial management of Vermont's public utilities: electric, gas, telecommunications, and private water companies. The Board also supervises cable television companies, although federal law preempts most authority to regulate cable rates or programming. The Board also reviews the environmental and economic impacts of proposals to purchase energy supply or build new energy facilities; monitors the safety of hydroelectric dams; evaluates the financial aspects of nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste storage; reviews rates paid to independent power producers; and oversees the statewide Energy Efficiency Utility. The Board's mission is to ensure the provision of high quality public utility services in Vermont at minimum reasonable costs, consistent with the long-term public good of the state. The Board strives to achieve this mission by providing an independent, fair, and efficient means of resolving public utility disputes; and by guiding the development of state utility policies and rules for public services to best serve the long-term interest of Vermont and its residents, all as defined in Title 30 V.S.A.
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