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2010 – Current

2010 – Current

  • In February 2010, the Board of Directors voted to publicly support the closing of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when its license expires in 2012.
  • WEC filed for its first rate increase in 11 years.  An increase of 23.81 percent was requested, however, WEC and the DPS agreed to a 19.44% increase with new rates effective January 2011.
  • On Friday morning, May 26, 2011,  a storm caused mud, water, and septic waste to flood inside and outside the WEC office.  Employees were temporarily housed at Goddard College and at the WEC maintenance facility until temporary office trailers could be set up in the parking lot.
  • It was nearly a year to the date of the flood when employees watched at the trailers were removed from the parking lot and the office was reopened to its membership.
  • The Board of Directors used this unexpected disaster as an opportunity to make major renovations to the office making WEC more energy efficient and more modern.
  • WEC escaped major damage from Hurricane Irene which hit Vermont on August 26 dumping up to 11 inches of rain in some places and washing away people’s farms, homes, businesses, and livelihoods.   Some 260 state roads and an uncounted number of town roads received severe damage and destruction; more than 30 bridges were ruined or destroyed.
  • The Co-op was saddened by the death of former Co-op Director Cornelia Swayze who passed away September 10, 2011, at the age of 71.
  • WEC ‘s Board of Directors saw the fruits of their partnership with First Wind on October 26 when they attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and tour at First Wind’s Sheffield wind farm.  WEC now receives a share of the power generated from the wind turbines.
  • On November 15, 2011, WEC filed for 2.27% rate increase to take effect January 2012. PSB approved the increase on August 7.
  • WEC unveiled its revamped website in November 2011.
  • WEC publicly expressed serious concerns about the proposed acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service Corp (CVPS) by Green Mountain Power (GMP).
  • 2012 was the International Year of Cooperatives.  WEC highlighted local cooperatives in each 2012 issue of the Co-op Currents.
  • May 24, 2012–nearly a year to the date of the flooding of the office building, WEC employees moved into the newly renovated office space.
  • WEC begins the transition to an automated metering infrastructure.
  • WEC Community Fund assists the Town of East Montpelier in their quest to join Front Porch Forum.
  • General Manager Avram Patt announces his retirement from the Co-op after 16 1/2 years.  His last day on the job will be June 30.
  • Board of Directors adopted a statement opposing a moratorium on wind development in Vermont.