Dockets 7523 and 7533 Information Page

Implementation of Standard Offer Prices for SPEED

On June 6, 2009, the Public Service Board opened Docket 7523 to investigate the development of standard offer prices for qualifying renewable generation under the Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development ("SPEED") program. This investigation was initiated to address the requirement in the Vermont Energy Act of 2009 ("Act 45" or "Act"), codified in 30 V.S.A. 8005(b)(2), that the Board open and complete, by September 15, 2009, a "noncontested case docket" to determine whether the prices established by the Act "constitute a reasonable approximation of the price that would be paid applying the criteria" established by the Act. Our Order stated that Docket No. 7523 would address the review of the Act's standard offer prices and, if the prices are not a reasonable approximation, set interim prices by September 15, 2009. In addition, the Board will consider non-price terms and conditions for standard offer contracts in this Docket.

On June 29, 2009, the Public Service Board opened Docket 7533. In addition to the mandate cited above, the Act requires that by January 15, 2010, the Board "set the price to be paid to a plant owner under a standard offer" from the SPEED Facilitator, applying the criteria established by the legislation.

The Board opened the second investigation to comply with the January 15, 2010, statutory deadline. The investigation is intended to build upon the record developed in Docket 7523, resolve all necessary implementation issues not addressed in that docket, and reevaluate the prices for SPEED projects set out in the statute. Docket 7533 was opened as a distinct proceeding primarily because the Act requires that the Board not only open the noncontested case docket that is Docket No. 7523, but also complete it by September 15, 2009.

These web pages will provide information about Dockets 7523 and 7533 to allow participants and members of the public to stay informed about the progress of the cases.

Workshops and Hearings

A workshop was held on June 19, 2009, to address preliminary issues.

A second workshop in Docket 7523 was held on July 10, 2009. The workshop included presentations from experts on feed-in tariffs. These presentations are available below. The workshop also addressed the plan forward for addressing certain legal issues and the subgroups and process forward for addressing other issues. The workshop was concluded with a Board staff memo identifying legal issues to be resolved, together with the process for resolving these legal issues. The memo also identifies the subgroups, subgroup chairs, and Board staff involved with each group. In addition to these four working groups, there is the potential to develop a working group related to queue issues, depending on the July 21 and 27 filings. This working group, if formed, would address the establishment of a queue process and related issues.

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Investigation into Implementation of Standard Offer Prices for Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development ("SPEED") resources

Board Orders and Memos in Docket 7523

The Board issued the following Orders and Memos to the parties in this proceeding:

Board Orders and Memos in Docket 7533

The Board issued the following Orders and Memos to the parties in this proceeding:

Board Orders and Memos in Both Dockets 7523 and 7533

The Board issued the following Orders and Memos to the parties in this proceeding:

Dockets 7523 and 7533 E-mail Service List

Comments of Parties on Issues List (July 2, 2009):

Supplemental and Reply Comments of Parties on Issues List (July 9, 2009):

Comments of Parties on Legal Issues (July 21, 2009):

In a memo to the parties on July 15, 2009 (see above), Board staff requested comments on certain legal issues described in the memo. Comments were due on July 21, 2009 and reply comments on July 27, 2009. (correction made July 27, 2009 to reflect deadlines included in July 15, 2009 memo. Reply comments will be accepted later if due to error on our web page.)

Materials for and from July 10, 2009 Workshop:

Subgroups Established at the July 10, 2009 Workshop:

Four Subgroups were established at the July 10, 2009 Workshop to help facilitate resolution of the issues identified. The following web links and associated web pages are provided to help facilitate the subgroup process, to encourage transparency, and to permit participation in subgroup meetings by the broader group when it will be most effective to do so. Docket 7523/7533 participants that wish to become a formal member of these groups in order to receive emails among the group and actively participate should contact the subgroup chairs. Contact information for each is available on the pages dedicated to the subgroup topics. A separate email distribution list is contained on the web pages for each of the subgroup topics.

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