Vermont Public Service Board

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Vermont Public Service Board
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $2,875,286
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Vermont State Code, Title 30, Chapter 1, Section 4
Leadership:  James Volz
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The Vermont Public Service Board is a three person state executive board in the Vermont state government. The board supervises the rates, quality of service and overall financial management of Vermont's public electric, gas, telecommunications utilities and private water companies.[1]

Current officeholder

The current chairman is James Volz. He serves alongside David Coen and John Burke.


The Vermont Public Service Board is established in Title 30, Chapter 1, Section 3 of the Vermont State Code.

30 V.S.A. § 3:

(a) The public service board shall consist of a chairperson and two members. The chairperson and each member shall not be required to be admitted to the practice of law in this state. ...


Title 30, Chapter 1, Section 4 of the Vermont State Code establishes the qualifications of the office:

A person in the employ of or holding any official relation to any company subject to the supervision of the board, or engaged in the management of such company, or owning stock, bonds or other securities thereof, or who is, in any manner, connected with the operation of such company in this state, shall not be a member or clerk of the board or commissioner of public service; nor shall any person holding the office of member, clerk of the board or commissioner of public service personally or in connection with a partner or agent, render professional service for or against or make or perform any business contract with any company subject to such supervision, relating to the business of such company, except contracts made with them as common carriers or in regular course of public service; nor shall such person, directly or indirectly, receive from any such company any commission, present or reward. (Amended 1959, No. 329 (Adj. Sess.), { 39(b), eff. March 1, 1961; 1979, No. 204 (Adj. S


The three members of the board are appointed to six-year, staggered terms. The governor submits five names of potential nominees to a judicial nominating board for review. The board reviews the potential nominees in respect to judicial criteria and standards and recommends to the governor those candidates the board considers qualified. The governor then makes the appointment from that list, with the advice and consent of the state senate.[2]


Any vacancies on the board are filled in the same manner as the initial appointment, with the new appointee serving the remainder of the unexpired term.[2]


The Vermont Public Service Board "supervises the rates, quality service, and overall financial management of Vermont's public utilities: electric, gas, telecommunications and private water companies."[1] Though most authority to regulate cable rates and programming falls under the purview of the federal government, the board does supervise cable television companies as well. Additional duties of the board include:

  • reviewing the environmental and economic impacts of proposals to purchase energy supply or build new energy facilities
  • monitoring the safety of hydroelectric dams
  • evaluating the financial aspects of nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste storage
  • reviewing rates paid to independent power producers
  • overseeing the statewide Energy Efficiency Utility[1]


  • Legal
  • Policy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Office

State budget

The budget for the Public Service Board in Fiscal Year 2010 was $2,875,286.[3]


In 2010, the members of the Vermont Public Service Board were each paid an estimated $116,688 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Contact information


Vermont Public Service Board
112 State Street (Peoples United Bank Building)
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701

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