The Vermont System Planning Committee (VSPC) is an entity, formed in 2007, that plays a key role in the planning process for Vermont's electric transmission system. This planning process is designed to facilitate the full, fair, and timely consideration of cost-effective non-transmission alternatives to new transmission projects. The process involves better coordination among Vermont’s utilities, transparency to the public about planning activities, and structured mechanisms for public involvement.
The members of the VSPC include representatives of each Vermont electric distribution and transmission utility, and three public members, each of whom represents the interests of one of the following groups: residential consumers; commercial and industrial consumers; and environmental protection. In addition, there are three non-voting members of the VSPC, one each representing Vermont's Energy Efficiency Utility, the Standard-Offer Facilitator, and the Department of Public Service. The VSPC meets at least quarterly.
The Board appoints three public members and alternates to represent the interests of residential customers, commercial and industrial customers, and environmental interests. In addition, the Board appoints a representative and alternate for energy supply resources within the supply and demand resources subgroup. A full list of the VSPC's members and their representatives is available on the VSPC's website.
The VSPC was created by a settlement agreement approved by the Public Service Board in a June 20, 2007, Order in its investigation of least-cost integrated resource planning for Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.'s transmission system (Docket 7081). Both the Board's Order and the settlement agreement contain additional information about the new transmission planning process and the VSPC's role and responsibilities. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has also been amended in subsequent Board proceedings. The current version of the VSPC's MOU can be found on the VSPC page.