Renewable Portfolio Standard Study


The Vermont legislature has tasked the Public Service Board with developing a report, no later than October 1, 2011, concerning the potential development of a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in Vermont to amend or replace the RPS enacted in 2005, and the potential revision of the goals and requirements of the SPEED program in lieu of such an RPS.  The legislation requiring the report also identifies specific issues that the Board must address in the report.  The legislation (Section 13a of Act 159 (2010 session)) can be found here.


On October 3, 2011, the Public Service Board filed with the legislature the final report: Study on Renewable Electricity Requirements.


Board staff held a workshop on November 30, 2010, to discuss the preparation of the report.  At this initial workshop, participants determined that additional information regarding RPS programs in other states would be helpful in developing the report.  Accordingly, Board staff held a workshop on January 27, 2011, that included presentations that addressing (1) the experiences that other states have had with RPSs, (2) the status of Vermont's SPEED requirements, and (3) the functioning of the ISO-NE Generation Information System (which tracks renewable attributes of generation sources).


Board staff will hold a final workshop regarding the Board's consultants' report, as well as Board staff report and recommendations for an RPS and revised SPEED requirements.  The workshop will commence on at 9 a.m. September 1, 2011, in room 11 of the Vermont Statehouse.

Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy Options for Vermont, Clean Energy States Alliance and Sustainable Energy Advantage

Draft Study on Renewable Energy Requirements Prepared Pursuant to Section 13a of Public Act 159, Board staff draft


January 27 Workshop


Overview of RPS Study

Status of SPEED Goals

Overview of the GIS Systems

Overview of RPS Programs

Overview of Massachusetts RPS

Overview of New York RPS



In 2004, the Public Service Board was directed to design a draft RPS in the form of draft legislation.  Information on that process can be found here.


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Clean Energy States Alliance have each prepared reports on the subjects of RPS programs.  The links below are to these entities' publications pages:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Clean Energy States Alliance