Four Steps to Stronger Cybersecurity
Hi! Belinda Gunnell, VEC's Innovation and Technology Coach here. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Here's a quick reminder of four simple but important cybersecurity practices that can help keep you, and your household, more cyber-secure.
Food Pantry Run by Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi Receives Grant from VEC Community Fund
Generous members of the Vermont Electric Co-op who have chosen to support the VEC Community Fund continue to direct thousands of dollars a year into local non-profits in our region. One of the recent Community Fund awards went to the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi Food Pantry in Swanton. The $1,000 donation will help the food pantry purchase cereal as well as fresh fruits and vegetables for the roughly 500 clients the food pantry serves per month.
Power Outages Likely Today as Storms Approach
Johnson, VT – Forecasters are calling for dangerous weather across Vermont Electric Co-op territory this afternoon, with power outages likely. Saturated ground will make trees more likely to be uprooted by wind gusts, that could approach 30-40 mph locally. Also predicted are thunderstorms, possible hail, and the chance of a tornado touchdown. The storms are expected to arrive mid-afternoon.
A Little Something for Everyone at VEC’s Annual Meeting
A lively and engaged crowd joined VEC on May 13 at Jay Peak Resort for the co-op’s Annual Meeting. Topics included: Vegetation management and its direct relationship to reliability, which is growing ever more important with more people working from home, and more people using electric technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles. Transformation of the energy system from fossil fuels to electricity to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, and assuring that all Vermonters can take advantage of the modernization of the energy system. Cybersecurity, including VEC’s constant vigilance, in partnership with other utilities, of risks to the system and the co-op’s commitment to educating members about cybersecurity.
“Your Co-op, Your Community” Theme of VEC's 2023 Annual Meeting
Johnson, VT- Briefings on energy innovation, cybersecurity, and power reliability will be among the highlights of VEC’s 2023 Annual Meeting taking place May 13 at Jay Peak Resort. Members who attend will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and giveaways. They’ll also have the chance to win great prizes, including a cordless chainsaw courtesy of the Pick & Shovel in Newport, gift cards and certificates to local and national chain stores, and more.
Member Spotlight: Heating Pellet Venture Launched in Richford
Josh Gervais was in the trucking business. Matt Gregoire was in the logging business. In conversations a couple of years ago, the two Enosburg residents struck on an idea: was there a need for a wood pellet mill in the Richford area to provide locally-sourced, high quality heating fuel for the area? They decided the answer was “yes.”
Summer's Coming: Join in and Beat the Peak
Our Beat the Peak program is a way for VEC members work together to reduce the cost of future energy, which helps us control rates our members pay. Whenever the co-op buys wholesale power from electricity generators, we pay for the power itself and for the transmission of that power to our system.
A Look at Financial Highlights for 2022
The year 2022 was one of multiple challenges for VEC. A range of interrelated national and even global forces came together to put significant pressure on our finances.
The Grid, the Load, Transmission and Timing: Taking (Great) Questions from our Members
Here at VEC, we use the term “Energy Transformation” in a couple of ways. Primarily, we use the phrase to refer to our incentive program to help members transition to electric cars, appliances, and other equipment.
Six Candidates Contend for Three Seats on VEC Board
Johnson, VT- Six candidates are vying for three seats up for election this year on the board of directors of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC). Three districts – District 1, 6 and West Zone – each have one seat up for election. The districts, and the candidates running in each are: District 1 (Averill, Avery's Gore, Barton, Bloomfield, Brighton, Brownington, Brunswick, Canaan, Charleston, Ferdinand, Guildhall, Holland, Lemington, Lewis, Lyndon, Maidstone, Morgan, Newark, Norton, Sheffield, Sutton, Warner’s Grant, Warren Gore, Westmore, and Wheelock.) Bill Gilbert, Lemington Don Worth, Island Pond