October/November – Brief Updates

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Letter to the editor, comment, or a story tip? Drop us a line at currents@wec.coop or Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 8, East Montpelier, VT 05651, Attn: Co-op Currents.

Where’s WEC? 

Crews are busy working to keep rights-of-way clear. Right-of-way maintenance is necessary to keep your power safe and reliable. Click here for right-of-way updates.

Have your finances taken a hit?

Don’t let your WEC bill go past due, or grow beyond what you can manage. Help is available: A Member Services Representative will help you put together a budget that works for you. Plus, there are state programs that may help pay down your bill.

Call us today, and we’ll help you put together a plan: 802-223-5245 or toll free at 1-800-WEC-5245.

Replace Your Ride program launches

Eligible Vermonters can now participate in Replace Your Ride: a new, stackable incentive program to scrap combustion engine cars that are at least 10 years old and replace them with new or used plug-in electric vehicles. Incentives are first come, first served.

This is the first phase of an incentive program to lower Vermont’s transportation emissions and make the availability of electric vehicles more equitable. Phase two is intended to roll out this fall. The program was established through the 2021-22 Transportation Bill (Act 55).

All details, including eligibility information, are available at DriveElectricVT.com under the Incentives tab. 

Molly Brook Farm: Dairy Farm of the Year

Congratulations to WEC members and organic dairy farmers Myles and Rhonda Goodrich! Molly Brook Farm of Cabot was recently named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

Sign up for outage alerts on SmartHub

As of May 15, 2022, Washington Electric Co-op is sending emailed notifications of scheduled outages through SmartHub. To continue receiving outage updates by email, you must sign up through SmartHub, accessible through wec.coop.

Outage updates will continue to be posted on the Outage Center page of wec.coop, and auto-calls will be generated to those affected by outages.

By updating your notifications settings in SmartHub, you will receive targeted, real-time information about the outage affecting your line, delivered right to your phone or email. You can also receive billing and usage alerts.

If you don’t yet use SmartHub, you can start today: it’s accessible by computer, tablet, or smartphone. Call in an outage, manage your usage, pay your bill, and review your payment history all in one place. 

If you would like help setting up your account, a WEC Member Services Representative will be happy to help: call 802-223-5245.

Emergency Resources


Running out of fuel? No matter where in Vermont you live, if you are in danger of running out of fuel this winter, call the toll-free Emergency Fuel Assistance number: 1-800-479-6151

Mental health: call 988

If you are in distress or crisis, call 988.

If you prefer to text, text VT to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor quickly.

For peer support, call/text 833-888-2557

More resources are at mentalhealth.vermont.gov


Vermont Foodbank: 800-585-2265.

Capstone Community Action: capstonevt.org

Northeast Kingdom Community Action: nekcavt.org

Everyone Eats: vteveryoneeats.org

3SquaresVT: 855-855-6181, vermontfoodhelp.com

Call 211

Call 211 to find any emergency resource you need: food, mental health, fuel, shelter, and anything else.