Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission

On October 2, 2012, Governor Peter Shumlin created the Governor’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission through Executive Order No. 10-12. The charge of the Commission is to survey best practices for siting approval of electric generation projects (all facilities except for net- and group-net-metered facilities) and for public participation and representation in the siting process, and to report to the Governor and to the  Vermont Legislature on their findings by April 30, 2013. The Commission will also look at alternative dispute resolution processes for project siting, permit coordination opportunities, how cumulative project impact is considered, and whether generic siting guidelines should be developed.

Appointees of the Commission, selected by the Commissioner of the Public Service (who serves on the Commission ex officio, as does the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources), include:

  • Gaye Symington, Executive Director of the High Meadows Fund and former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
  • Jan Eastman, past President of the Snelling Center for Government and former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Tom Bodett, East Dummerston, VT, Selectboard member and municipal representative to the VT Enhanced 911 Board
  • Louise McCarren, former Chair of the Vermont Public Service Board
  • Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The Executive Order ensures the opportunity for public input and comment. Meetings of the Commission, including public hearings, will be listed on the "Calendar" section of this website. You may also submit a comment on the "Public Involvement" section of this website. 

Announcements

 

4/30/13: The Commission has released its Final Report. Please see the press release for more information, and the Presentations, Publications page for the report.

 

4/25/13: The Commission's final deliberative session, Deliberation Session #10, will take place Thursday, 4/25/13, 9-4 in the Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.
 

3/22/13: The Commission has rescheduled one deliberation meeting and one public hearing, in addition to adding two more deliberation meetings. The revised list of upcoming meetings and hearings is posted below. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.
-Deliberation Session #6 (rescheduled from 3/20/13): 3/28/13, 9-4 in the Catamount room (N215) at ANR (National Life location)
-Deliberation Session #7: 4/3/13, 1-4 p.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, Asa Bloomer State Office Building, Rutland
-Public Hearing #4: 4/3/13, 5-7 p.m., Rutland Intermediate School Auditorium, Rutland
-Public Hearing #5 (rescheduled from 3/29/13): 4/8/13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., via VT Interactive TV at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, and Williston
-Deliberation Session #8: 4/9/13, 9-4 in the Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier
-Deliberation Session #9: 4/16/13, 9-4 in the Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier

 

3/21/13: Deliberation Session #6 will be rescheduled for Thursday, 3/28/13, 9-4 in the Catamount room (N215) at ANR (National Life location). Additionally, the 3/29 public hearing via VIT is also being postponed, to Monday, 4/8/13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; all the locations will remain the same with the exception of the substitution of Rutland for Castleton. Additional details and a press release to follow soon.

 

3/19/13: IMPORTANT: The Siting Commission's 3/20/13 Deliberation Session #6 is cancelled due to inclement weather. Please save the tentative reschedule date of Thursday, 3/28/13, to be confirmed ASAP.

 

3/18/13: The Commission has scheduled two public hearings and another deliberation session, listed below. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.
     -Seventh Deliberation Session: 4/3/13, 1-4 p.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, Asa Bloomer State Office Building, Rutland
     -Fourth Public Hearing: 3/29/13, 5-7 p.m., via VT Interactive TV at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton,
      Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, and Williston.
     -Fifth Public Hearing: 4/3/13, 5-7 p.m., Rutland Intermediate School Auditorium, Rutland 

 

2/28/13: The Commission's upcoming meeting dates and times are listed below. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.
     -Fifth Deliberation Session: 3/12/13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier
     -Sixth Deliberation Session: 3/20/13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier
 

2/7/13: Save the date for the Commission's next Deliberation Session, which will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 20 in the Agency of Agriculture board room, 2nd floor, 116 State St., Montpelier (adjacent to the Public Service Dept.). See the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.

 

1/16/13: The Commission will hold public hearings from 5-7 p.m. in the following locations:
January 23: Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd., Brattleboro
January 30: Aiken 102, Rubenstein School, University of Vermont, 81 Carrigan Drive, Burlington
February 12: Lowell Graded School, 52 Gelo Park Rd., Lowell
Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.

 

1/2/12: The Commission's upcoming meeting dates and times are listed below. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for additional details.
     -Sixth Information Session: 1/11/13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Pavilion Auditorium
     -First Deliberation Session: 1/11/13, 1-4 p.m., Giga Conference Room, 3rd Floor Public Service Department, Montpelier
     -Second Deliberation Session: 1/15/13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., St. Leo's Hall, 109 S. Main St., Waterbury
     -Third Deliberation Session: 2/5/13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Calvin Coolidge Room, 6th floor Agency of Commerce and Community    
     Development (adjacent to National Life in Montpelier)

 

11/26/12: The next three Information Sessions of the Commission have been confirmed. The dates and times are listed below. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for more information:
     -Third Information Session: Perspectives from Participants in the 248 Process #1
      11/30/12, 2-5 p.m., Capitol Plaza Montpelier Room
     -Fourth Information Session: Perspectives from Participants in the 248 Process #2
      12/6/12, 12-3 p.m., Pavilion Auditorium
     -Fifth Information Session: Other States' Energy Siting Processes #2
      12/19/12, 1-4 p.m., Pavilion Auditorium

 

11/14/12: Press Release: Tom Bodett of East Dummerston Appointed to the Governor's Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission

 

11/6/12: The second Information Session of the Commission will take place Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Pavilion Auditorium, Pavilion Building, 109 State St., Montpelier, Vermont. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for more information.

 

10/18/12: The first Information Session of the Commission will take place Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 12-3 p.m. in Room 11 of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont. Please see the "Calendar" page and the press release for more information.