Heating and Process-Fuel Efficiency Programs

            In 2008, the Vermont General Assembly enacted a series of statutes that required the creation of fuel energy efficiency programs for heating and process-fuel consumers on a whole-buildings basis. The statutes establish two separate programs, funded by two separate sources.

Energy Efficiency Utility's fossil-fuel efficiency program

            Pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 209(d)(7), the Energy Efficiency Utility is directed to deliver fossil-fuel energy efficiency services to Vermont heating and process-fuel consumers on a whole buildings basis to help meet the state's building efficiency goals established by 10 V.S.A. § 581 . The program is funded by revenues from the EEU's participation in the Forward Capacity Market

            The EEU is currently providing the following fuel efficiency programs: Heating System Replacement Initiative, Energy Auditor and Installer Training, Comprehensive Home Energy Efficiency Loan Program, and Grassroots Community Energy Mobilization Program. Information about these programs can be found at Efficiency Vermont's website.

Department of Public Service's fuel efficiency program

            Pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 235, the Department of Public Service is required to develop fuel efficiency services on a statewide basis for Vermont heating and process-fuel consumers. The Department's program is funded through revenues raised by Vermont's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative . Section 235 requires that these programs, measures, and compensation mechanisms shall include services that: (1) produce whole building and process-heat efficiency, regardless of the fuel type used; (2) facilitate appropriate fuel switching; and (3) promote coordination, to the fullest practical extent, with the electric efficiency programs established and administered pursuant to this chapter, as well as with low-income weatherization programs and any utility energy efficiency programs.

            On October 10, 2008, the Department of Public Service issued a Request for Proposals to solicit interest from potential efficiency providers. On January 28, 2009, the Department filed a petition with the Public Service Board, requesting that the Board review the proposal it had selected. The Department's petition is being reviewed in Docket 7495.


Direct further inquiries or requests to: Clerk@psb.state.vt.us