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2000 – 2009

2000 – 2005

  • WEC system sustained serious damage as a result of Tropical Storm Floyd.  Received over $150,000 in FEMA assistance.
  • Energy Efficiency Charge supporting Efficiency Vermont showed up on WEC’s February bills and became part of all Vermont utilities’ bills.
  • In May 2000 WEC membership approved construction of the new Moretown substation.
  • Governor Dean re-enacted signing of Act 143 at WEC’s operation center; Electric Co-ops Legislation (S.113) was signed into law in June 2000
  • WEC website went on line for the first time.
  • A February 2001 snowstorm provided WEC’s first opportunity to test a new power-restoration plan, tying together computerized mapping and information system to provide a more efficient response to storm related outages.
  • U.S. Representative Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. announced a $1 million federal grant to help WEC develop a wind power installation. After a long search, WEC selects First Wind as a wind power partner for a project in Sheffield.
  • January 15, 2002, Manager Patt signed the back of some stock certificates, concluding the sale of WEC’s ownership interest in the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation back to that company.  WEC’s power supply contract with Vermont Yankee ended in 2002.
  • The Board of Directors established a “Community Fund” for local causes which is funded through capital credit donations from current and former members.
  • On Tuesday, September 14, 2004, WEC’s operation team performed the final, complex tasks to make WEC’s new, $400,000 substation in South Walden, fully operational.  By the end of the day Co-op members in Cabot, South Walden, Wheelock, Stannard, Woodbury, East Calais and Greensboro (about 1,075 members in all) were connected to the modern, state-of-the-art facility.
  • Membership approved landfill methane project on June 29, 2004 on a 1,633 to 86 vote.  The Coventry plant began full time generation on July 1, 2005 which made 40% of WEC power mix generated from methane. Hundreds of people attended an open house at WEC’s new $8 million, 4.8-megawatt landfill gas-to electric generating station on September 17, 2005, in Coventry, Vermont.  Speakers included Governor Jim Douglas and Congressman Bernie Sanders.

2006 – 2009

  • At the May 23, 2006, annual meeting WEC’s membership gave permission to construct a new $849,000 substation in Maple Corner on a vote of 1,046 – 53.
  • An early a.m. fire on August 8, 2006, temporarily sidelined WEC’s methane facility in Coventry.
  • On behalf of the Co-op, in October General Manager Avram Patt accepted the 2006 Renewable Energy Industry Champion Award at the fifth annual conference of Renewable Energy Vermont.
  • On Friday, September 8, 2006, WEC energized the new Maple Corner substation which was designed to directly improve service to some 814 Co-op members.
  • In October 2006 WEC members voted 1,670 to 51 to add a fourth engine to the Co-op’s landfill methane plant in Coventry.  The new engine was put into operation Friday, January 12, 2007, with generation capacity now expanded from 4.8 MW to 6.4 MW.
  • WEC and the entire central Vermont community lost a uniquely gifted man and a quiet voice who spoke to our better natures, with the unexpected death of Director Wendell Cilley on September 1, 2008.
  • The PSB issued a Certificate of Public Good on September 17 for approval of a $3.1 million project to add a fifth engine to the Coventry methane plant.  A special membership vote was held on October 7, 2008, approved the project on a 1,802 to 50 vote.  The fifth engine went on line on June 17, 2009.