Vermont’s Public Service Board Process

This week, you have the opportunity to go see Vermont’s Public Service Board process in action as they hear testimony from expert witnesses on noise, health, ecological and energy issues.  The hearings are held on the 3rd floor of the Peoples United Bank (formerly Chittenden) building opposite the Vermont statehouse in the PSB hearing room at 112 State Street in Montpelier.

The PSB uses prefiled testimony, so you never hear the witness’s direct examination.  It makes for a weird type of hearing, where only the people who have the written prefiled testimony in front of them have any idea what’s being discussed.  Much of the questioning is so lawyers elicit responses they can use in their brief.  Almost all of the testimony is here so you can read up on what you’re going to hear discussed.

Here is the schedule for this week, the final week of the PSB’s technical hearings in Green Mountain Power’s Lowell Mountains wind proposal:

Witness list – Feb 22-25, 2011

Tuesday , February 22

9:30-10:30 Ken Kaliski, noise (Green Mountain Power)

Reserved Cross-Examination times: ANR: 10, Albany: 100, LMG: 30, Day: 30

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Kaliski cont.

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:35 Kaliski cont.

Total without Board questions: 170, Total time allotted for witness: 215

2:35-3:00 Les Blomberg, noise (Lowell Mountains Group)

Reserved Cross-Examination Time: Pet: 90

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Blomberg cont.

Total without Board questions: 90, Total time allotted for witness: 115

Wednesday, February 23

9:30-10:30 James (Albany)

Reserved Cross-Examination Time: Pet: 75, ANR: 10

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 James cont.

Total without Board questions: 85, Total time allotted for witness: 105

11:30-12:00 Dr. Teddi Lovko, health (Town of Albany)

Pet: 60

12:00- 1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:00 Lovko cont.

Total without Board questions: 60, Total time allotted for witness: 75

2:00-2:30 Ron Holland, Energy Cost (Lowell Mountains Group)

Pet: 20

Total without Board questions: 20, Total time allotted for witness: 30

2:30-3:15 St. Peter (DPS)

Pet: 20, LMG: 5

Total without Board questions: 25, Total time allotted for witness: 45

3:15-3:45 Break

3:45-3:55 Bedard (LMG)

Pet: 5

Total without Board questions: 5, Total time allotted for witness: 10

3:55-4:00 Christiansen (LMG)

Pet: 5

Total without Board questions: 5, Total time allotted for witness: 5

4:00-4:10 Clark (LMG)

Pet: 5

Total without Board questions: 5, Total time allotted for witness: 10

4:10-4:15 Liddy (LMG)

Pet: 5

Total without Board questions: 5, Total time allotted for witness: 5

4:15-4:20 Willey (LMG)

Pet: 5

Total without Board questions: 5, Total time allotted for witness: 5

Thursday, February 24

9:30-10:15 Irwin (DPS)

Albany: 30

Total without Board questions: 30, Total time allotted for witness: 45

10:15-10:30 Jeff Nelson, stormwater (Petitioner)

ANR: 60, Albany: 20, LMG: 5, Dyer-Dunn: 20

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Nelson cont.

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:00 Nelson cont.

Total without Board questions: 105, Total time allotted for witness: 135

2:00-3:00 Eric Sorenson, Community Ecology (ANR)

Pet: 60, Albany: 15, LMG: 5

3:00-3:00 Break

3:30-4:15 Sorenson cont.

Total without Board questions: 80, Total time allotted for witness: 105

Friday, February 25

9:30-10:30 Shannon Morrison, wetlands (ANR)

Pet: 30, CLF: 15

Total without Board questions: 45, Total time allotted for witness: 60

10:30-10:45 Break,

10:45-11:15 Kevin Burke, stormwater (ANR)

Pet: 10, Albany: 15

Total without Board questions: 25, Total time allotted for witness: 30

11:15-12:00 Dave Lamont, energy planning (DPS)

Pet: 10, Albany: 15, CLF: 15

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15- Lamont cont. if necessary

Total without Board questions: 40, Total time allotted for witness: as needed


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