Transmission siting in Vermont is guided by a regulatory process, known informally as Section 248 (technically, Title 30, Section 248 of the Vermont Statutes), that requires utilities, such as VELCO, to obtain a certificate of public good or CPG, from the Vermont Public Service Board before site preparation or construction can begin on an electric transmission facility. The Board reviews planning studies, environmental reports, natural resource assessments, analysis of alternatives, and cost estimates, among other project impacts.
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The 45-Day Notice package is a detailed project description sent 45 days before filing with the Public Utility Commission to local select boards and other officials to enable community leaders to review and discuss the project’s impacts with residents, and to provide input before the start of formal proceedings before the Commission. The 45-day notice is a requirement of Vermont law and Public Utility Commission rules.
Many resources exists for learning more about the regulatory process, electric transmission, grid planning and reliability, non-transmission alternatives and power supply. Here are some helpful sources.