4 Towns & the Addison County Regional Planning Commission call for the PSB to Deny VELCO's "NRP"!

excerpts from briefs filed by the towns on Nov. 24, 2004

Shelburne's Brief to the PSB:
Therefore, having evaluated carefully the weight that should be accorded that nonconformance, and particularly the significance of VELCO’s failure to comply with Criterion 8, this Board, in the exercise of its discretion, concludes that the petition of VELCO/GMP for a Certificate of Public Good must be denied.

Charlotte's Brief to the PSB:
Having evaluated carefully the weight that should be accorded VELCO’s nonconformance this Board, in the exercise of its discretion, concludes that the petition of VELCO/GMP for a Certificate of Public Good must be denied, even without considering the most problematic elements of the project at Ferry Road.

Ferrisburgh's Brief to the PSB:
Therefore, having evaluated carefully the weight that should be accorded that nonconformance, and particularly the significance of VELCO’s failure to comply with Criterion 8, this Board, in the exercise of its discretion, concludes that the petition of VELCO/GMP for a Certificate of Public Good must be denied.

New Haven's Brief to the PSB:
The Board should deny the petitions for the Northwest Reliability Project in its entirety, and find that the transmission project will not promote the general good of the state as required by 30 V.S.A. § 248(b)(2),(3) and (4).. In the alternative, the Board should reject the 115 kv line as unsupported by consideration of any alternatives, and reject the 345 kv line and substation as less cost effective than achievable demand side management and also less cost-effective than a combination of demand-side management and distributed generation.


Addison County Regional Planning Commission:
For the foregoing reasons the Board should deny VELCO’s application for a Certificate of Public Good, at least with respect to the 345kV transmission element and the related substations. Instead it should ensure Vermont law is followed and the best interest of the state and its citizens are vigorously pursued by ordering VELCO to:
1. Investigate and implement an alternative designed to increase and improve power flow to northwestern Vermont;
2. Issue an rfp for generation and DSM, and
3. Work with its owners CVPS and GMP to create and implement a least cost plan to guide future upgrades to Vermont’s transmission system in combination with generation, efficiency and other DSM programs.