Legislative & Regulatory

VPPSA acts as the collective voice of our twelve Member municipalities before state and national policymakers and regulators. Policy positions are developed by staff in consultation with the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors.

VPPSA Activity in the State Capitol

Our staff is very active before the Vermont Public Utility Commission (“PUC”), a quasi-judicial board that supervises the rates, quality of service, and overall financial management of these utilities. We advocate for consumer-friendly regulations that recognize the value of local decision making. We also monitor relevant state legislative proceedings and testify before Legislative committees to promote commonsense policies and a thorough analysis of the consumer impacts of proposals.

Voice for Small Utilities

Being the primary voice of small utilities on the Vermont System Planning Committee (VSPC), VPPSA ensures that statewide discussions related to grid planning consider the perspective of transmission dependent utilities.

This advocacy role is carried to the national level through coordination with theTransmission Access Policy Group (“TAPS”), the American Public Power Association (“APPA”), and the Northeast Public Power Association (“NEPPA”) where VPPSA attends Legislative Rallies and helps craft policy positions before Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).