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How The Public Service Board Works

Toby Talbot
AP file
FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2011, file photo, wind turbines line the hillside at First Wind's project in Sheffield, Vt.


When an energy project or a transmission line is proposed in Vermont, it's the Public Service Board that decides whether the project can go forward. The board is a quasi-judicial body, and critics say that process doesn't give the public enough say when energy generation projects are being considered. Now, a commission is looking at how Vermont reviews electric generation projects to determine if improvements can be made to the process. Our guests are Jim Volz, chair of the Public Service Board, Jan Eastman, who leads the Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, and Geoff Commons, the public advocate at the Department of Public Service.

Also in the program, a family in Fletcher shares the story of their three-year old daughter's rare and life-threatening condition, Urea Cycle Disorder. Courtney and Steve Boutin tell the harrowing story of Isabella's UCD diagnosis when she was days old, the liver transplant that saved her life.