Petition of Vermont Department of Public Service, 012021 VTPSBD, 19-3272-PET

Docket Nº19-3272-PET
Party NamePetition of Vermont Department of Public Service to initiate an EEU Demand Resources Plan proceeding for the 2021-2023 performance period
AttorneyCarolyn Browne Anderson, Esq. Green Mountain Power Corporation (for Green Mountain Power Corporation) Dale Azaria, Esq. Conservation Law Foundation (for Conservation Law Foundation) Reginald Beliveau, Jr. Swanton Village, Inc. Electric Department (for Swanton Village, Inc. Electric Department) Me...
Judge PanelAnthony Z. Roisman, Margaret Cheney, Sarah Hofmann Judges
Case DateJanuary 20, 2021

Petition of Vermont Department of Public Service to initiate an EEU Demand Resources Plan proceeding for the 2021-2023 performance period

No. 19-3272-PET

State of Vermont, Public Service Board

January 20, 2021

Carolyn Browne Anderson, Esq. Green Mountain Power Corporation (for Green Mountain Power Corporation)

Dale Azaria, Esq. Conservation Law Foundation (for Conservation Law Foundation)

Reginald Beliveau, Jr. Swanton Village, Inc. Electric Department (for Swanton Village, Inc. Electric Department)

Meredith Birkett Village of Johnson Water & Light Department (for Village of Johnson Water & Light Department)

Debra L. Bouffard, Esq. Sheehey Furlong & Behm (for Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.)

Victoria J. Brown, Esq. Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. (for Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc.)

Ellen Burt Town of Stowe Electric Department (for Town of Stowe Electric Department)

William F. Ellis McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan (for City of Burlington Electric Department)

William F. Ellis McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan (for Vermont Public Power Supply Authority)

Jonathan Elwell Village of Enosburg Falls Water & Light (for Village of Enosburg Falls Water & Light Department Inc.)

Elijah D Emerson, Esq. Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC (for Town of Hardwick Electric Department) (for Village of Enosburg Falls Water & Light Department Inc.) (for Town of Northfield Electric Department) (for Village of Johnson Water & Light Department)

Steven R Farman Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (for Vermont Public Power Supply Authority)

James Gibbons City of Burlington Electric Department (for City of Burlington Electric Department)

Bill Humphrey Village of Lyndonville Electric Department (for Village of Lyndonville Electric Department)

Penny Jones Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department (for Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department)

Katelyn Kran Barton Village Inc. Electric Department (for Barton Village Inc. Electric Department)

Michael Lazorchak Town of Stowe Electric Department (for Town of Stowe Electric Department)

Megan Ludwig, Esq. Vermont Department of Public Service (for Vermont Department of Public Service)

Tom Lyle Burlington Electric Department (for City of Burlington Electric Department)

Mari McClure Green Mountain Power Corporation (for Green Mountain Power Corporation)

Joseph McKearin Green Mountain Power Corporation (for Green Mountain Power Corporation)

Pamela Moore Village of Jacksonville Electric Company (for Village of Jacksonville Electric Company)

John Morley Village of Orleans Electric Department (for Village of Orleans Electric Department)

Ken Nolan Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (for Vermont Public Power Supply Authority)

Colin Owyang, Esq. Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. (for Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.)

Jessica Patterson Town of Hardwick Electric Department (for Town of Hardwick Electric Department)

Thomas Petraska Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department (for Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department)

Jill Pfenning Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. (for Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.)

Patricia Richards Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (for Washington Electric Cooperative Inc.)

Carol Robertson Village of Hyde Park Electric Department (for Village of Hyde Park Electric Department)

Jeffrey Schulz Town of Northfield Electric Department (for Town of Northfield Electric Department)

Ronald A. Shems, Esq. Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems (for Washington Electric Cooperative Inc.)

Morris L. Silver, Esq. Law Offices of Morris L. Silver, Esq. (for Efficiency Vermont - Vermont Energy Investment Corporation)

Darren Springer City of Burlington Electric Department (for City of Burlington Electric Department)

Emily Stebbins-Wheelock City of Burlington Electric Department (for City of Burlington Electric Department)

Michael Sullivan Town of Hardwick Electric Department (for Town of Hardwick Electric Department)

Rebecca Towne Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. (for Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc.)

Matthew J. Walker Efficiency Vermont-Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (for Efficiency Vermont - Vermont Energy Investment Corporation)

David C. Westman Efficiency Vermont - Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (for Efficiency Vermont - Vermont Energy Investment Corporation)

ORDER APPROVING COMPLIANCE FILINGS FOR EFFICIENCY VERMONT'S 2021-2023 DEMAND RESOURCES PLAN

I. Introduction

In an October 22, 2020, Order, the Vermont Public Utility Commission ("Commission") approved Efficiency Vermont's Demand Resources Plan ("DRP") for the 2021-2023 and 2024-2026 performance periods. The DRP included: resource-acquisition budgets, development and support service budgets, 10- and 20-year forecasts of expected savings, three-year targets for quantifiable performance indicators ("QPIs") and minimum performance requirements, and a compensation structure.

The October 22 Order required Efficiency Vermont to make a compliance filing with respect to the QPIs and the 20-year forecast of expected electric efficiency savings. In addition, the October 22 Order required Efficiency Vermont to file proposed administrative cost budgets to serve as baselines for the QPI addressing administrative efficiency. In this Order, we approve Efficiency Vermont's compliance filings.

II. Compliance Filings and Comments

Efficiency Vermont's Filings

In response to the requirements in the October 22 Order, Efficiency Vermont filed a revised 20-year forecast of expected electric savings and tables containing updated QPIs and minimum performance requirements for the 2021-2023 and 2024-2026 performance periods. Efficiency Vermont also requested that the Commission clarify or confirm certain aspects of the October 22 Order.

In its compliance filings, as part of the revised forecast of expected savings, Efficiency Vermont provides resource-acquisition modeling results based on approved 2021 avoided costs.1 The modeling represents 20-year (2021-2040) expected savings for the electric energy efficiency programs and 10-year (2021-2030) expected savings for the thermal-energy-and-process-fuels ("TEPF") programs. The updated modeling affects the results of the total resource benefits and reductions in greenhouse gases. Efficiency Vermont states that the savings results of the electric resource-acquisition modeling were adjusted upward by 5% to reflect the approved QPI targets.

Efficiency Vermont's QPI...

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