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Co-op Members Support Expansion

CO-OP MEMBERS VOTE TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF LANDFILL GENERATING PLANT

 97% Vote In Favor

The members of Washington Electric Co-op have voted overwhelmingly (1,802 in favor, 50 against) to support the expansion of their generating plant at Vermont’s largest landfill in Coventry. Construction will start immediately and the additional generating equipment is expected to be on line in early 2009.

The plant, which generates electricity by burning the methane produced by decomposing trash, began operating in July 2005. It had already been expanded once in January 2007. This second expansion will increase the plant’s generating capacity from its present 6.4 megawatts to 8.0 megawatts. The Coventry facility is now generating about two-thirds of all the electricity used by WEC’s members at well below market cost.

WEC applied to state regulators for approval of the second expansion in July of this year, and the Vermont Public Service Board issued a Certificate of Public Good on September 17. Vermont law requires that an electric cooperative’s members also approve such a project following the PSB’s action. WEC’s Board of Directors authorized a special meeting and vote for October 7, with voting by mail occurring over the past two weeks.