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S.152

Introduced by   Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Miller of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; public advocate; integrated planning

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the public service board, on the request of a municipality that alleges that the director of public advocacy is not representing the interests of the municipality, to appoint a member of the Vermont bar to represent the interests of the municipality in proceedings before the board.  It proposes to make it clear that entities that provide electricity transmission facilities are required to prepare and implement a least cost integrated plan.  It proposes that before proceeding in the section 248 process, the board shall consider the need to provide the public with more information in advance of formal public hearings.  If the board determines that the petition raises a significant issue with respect to the criteria of this section, or that the petition involves a project of substantial size or scope, the board shall require the petitioner to conduct prehearing public information sessions, at which the applicant presents to the public information relating to alternatives that have been considered by the applicant.  These public information sessions shall be warned in each municipality that is clearly affected by the project or in which the project is located.

AN ACT RELATING TO REPRESENTATION OF THE PUBLIC BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD, THE NEED FOR INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLANNING BY TRANSMISSION ENTITIES, AND REQUIRING PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS BEFORE THE MATTER IS CONSIDERED BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 2(b) is amended to read:

(b)  In cases requiring hearings by the board, the department, through the director for public advocacy shall represent the interests of the people of the state, unless otherwise specified by law.  In any hearing, the board may, if it determines that the public interest would be served, request the attorney general or a member of the Vermont bar to represent the public or the state.

Upon request of a municipality that alleges that the director for public advocacy is not representing the interests of the municipality, the board shall request a member of the Vermont bar to represent the interests of the municipality.

Sec. 2.  30 V.S.A. § 218c(d) is added to read:

(d)  The requirements of this section to prepare and implement a least cost integrated plan shall apply to the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), as well as to any other entity in the state that provides electricity transmission  facilities located within the state.

Sec. 3.  30 V.S.A. § 248(m) is added to read:

(m)  Before the board may proceed further under this section, it shall consider the need to provide the public with more information in advance of formal public hearings.  If the board determines that a petition raises a significant issue with respect to the criteria of this section, or that the petition involves a project of substantial size or scope, the board shall require the applicant to conduct prehearing public information sessions in accordance with this subsection and board order.  The order shall require the applicant to warn at least two or three public information sessions at which the applicant presents to the public information relating to alternatives that have been considered by the applicant in the process of deciding on the facility or activity that is subject to the requirements of this section.  The public information meetings shall be warned in a newspaper of general circulation in any municipality clearly affected by the project, or in which the project is located, and shall be warned, in a manner as required by board order, in each municipality in which any portion of the facility or activity in question is located or is to be located. 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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