Vermont Public Benefit Funds for Energy Efficiency
State legislation, S. 137, effective June 1, 1999, authorized the Public Service Board to create Efficiency Vermont and to fund it through a non-bypassable volumetric systems benefits charge on distribution utilities' bills.
Efficiency Vermont’s services replace the individual demand-side management programs that Vermont's 22 utilities had conducted for about a decade.
Fifteen percent of Efficiency Vermont's total spending must be for Low Income Single Family, Low Income Multifamily Retrofit and Low Income Multifamily New Construction services and initiatives. For 2006, the amount spent on low-income residential services was about $2.2 million.