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Vermont Issues Electric Restructuring Plan

Fortnightly Magazine - January 15 1997

Despite an acknowledged drop in rates (down 11 percent in real terms over the last ten years) the Vermont Public Service Board has proposed to restructure the state's electric utility industry. The proposal would follow along the same lines envisioned by many other states (em i.e., competition and choice in the generation sector, with regulated monopolies for transmission and distribution services, plus recovery of "legitimate" stranded costs.

Beginning in 1998, retail customers could choose among competitive suppliers. Vermont's largest investor-owned utilities would also transfer their generation and distribution functions to separate corporate subsidiaries. Re Restructuring of the Elec. Util. Industry in Vermont, Docket No. 5854, Oct. 16, 1996 (Vt.P.S.B.).

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