VEC Community Fund Supports North Central Vermont Recovery Center
Johnson, Vt – Community Fund of the Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) recently awarded a grant to the North Central Vermont Recovery Center to support recovery coaching. The $750 grant will support stipends and training for the organization’s coaching program, which provides one-on-one support from trained peer-professionals for people in recovery. Coaching includes resource navigation, employment, housing, and transportation support, motivational interviewing, and other guidance.
Working in the Yard, or the Back-40 this Spring? Here are Some Safety Reminders from Vermont Electric Co-op
By John Varney - This time of year many of us are getting out and starting outdoor projects around our homes. We tackle lots of yard cleanup, tree trimming, repairs, plantings, painting projects and other work. Please remember to take safety seriously.
Energy Innovation, Broadband and Board Elections Topped Vermont Electric Co-op Annual Meeting Saturday
Johnson, Vt – Grid innovations, reliability, a new commitment to cleaner power, and accelerated broadband deployment were all front-and-center topics at Vermont Electric Co-op’s virtual Annual Meeting held this past Saturday, May 8. The meeting, entitled “An Adaptable Resilient Grid: Teaming up for a Bright Future,” was presided over by VEC Board President Rich Goggin of South Hero and featured a presentation from VEC Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Towne, a guest appearance from Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, participant questions, and more.
Timely Topics, High Variety on tap for VEC Annual Meeting
Johnson, Vt – Grid innovations, VEC’s new commitment to cleaner power, a conversation about state policy with Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, and other topics are on the agenda for Vermont Electric Co-op’s Annual Meeting set for May 8. The meeting, entitled An Adaptable Resilient Grid: Teaming up for a Bright Future, will be “packed with a range of timely topics, and offers a great chance to hear what’s ahead,” said Jake Brown, energy services planner at VEC. The meeting, which will be held virtually, will start at 9 am.
VEC Joins Electric Co-ops Across the Country to Recognize Lineworkers
Johnson, Vt – Today marks Lineworker Appreciation Day, celebrated by the nation’s electric cooperatives, and VEC is honoring all its employees who work hard to keep the lights on. “Whether they’re restoring power after a major storm or maintaining the infrastructure critical to our electric system, lineworkers are key to the co-op,” said VEC Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Towne. She also noted that when members see VEC’s blue trucks in the field, they should be reminded there’s also a team of employees behind the scenes, working around the clock to keep the power flowing.
VEC Commits to Carbon-Free Power Supply by 2023
Johnson Vt – Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) has committed to procuring a zero-carbon-emission power supply by 2023, the co-op announced April 7. “I am proud that our Board of Directors, with strong support from our members, engaged deeply on this topic to boldly commit to 100 percent carbon-free in less than two years,” said VEC Board President Rich Goggin. “We are moving quickly to reduce our impact on climate change, and doing it in a cost-effective manner. Vermont has consistently been a leader in the move toward clean energy, and VEC is stepping up even more.”
Eleven Candidates Seek Three Seats on the Board of Vermont Electric Co-op
Eleven candidates are vying for three seats up for election this year on the board of directors of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC). Because VEC is a cooperative, members elect local representatives to serve on VEC’s twelve-member board. The three districts with seats up for election this year are District 2, East Zone, and West Zone.
VEC Invites Members to Participate in Flexible Load Water Heating Program
Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is inviting members to participate in an innovative program designed to make the electric grid cleaner, cheaper, and easier to run. Here’s how it works: a small device developed by Burlington-based Packetized Energy is installed on an electric resistance water heater, enabling it to heat water when electricity is being produced by cleaner and less expensive sources. There’s no change to the supply or availability of hot water.
Vermont Electric Co-op and Green Mountain Power Announce New Broadband Deployment Program
Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) today each launched a Broadband Deployment Program to help more Vermonters in some of the hardest-to-reach corners of Vermont get connected to broadband quickly and cost-effectively.
VEC Community Fund Supports Lamoille Restorative Center
Community Fund of the Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) recently awarded a grant to a local non-profit to smooth the way for people who have faced challenges as they work to achieve their goals. The VEC grant to the Lamoille Restorative Center (LRC) will help fund essential and concrete purchases – necessities like gasoline, groceries, cell phone minutes, work boots and shoes, winter coats, and deposits for internet connections – that are barriers to success for many people.