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Vermont Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-VT)

In Vermont, a hydropower developer may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Vermont Public Service Board for certain interconnection and transmission projects.

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Vermont Federal

Certificate of Public Good/Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate): Energy transmission and generation projects in Vermont must go through a site-specific environmental, economic and social impacts review process. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over most hydroelectric projects, including primary transmission lines required for the project. However, a developer may need to obtain a Certificate of Public Good, from the Vermont Public Service Board for transmission line extension projects, interconnected group net-metered hydroelectric power systems, and project’s that sell retail electricity within Vermont. [1]
Certificate Regulatory Agency: Vermont Public Service Board
Certificate Threshold: Before construction or operation of tansmission line extension projects, or a group net-metered hydroelectric power system interconnections.

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 30 V.S.A. § 248 et seq.

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