June 20, 2024 – 9:30 p.m. Crews have restored power to those without electricity due to storm damage throughout the evening, but additional outages continued to come in. Power has been restored to all but about 280 WEC members, primarily in Gorton, Peacham and Ryegate. Line workers will continue to work into the night to restore power to those currently out and to respond to

June 20, 2024

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 WEC JUNE 20, 2024OUTAGES June 20, 2024 – 4 p.m. WEC members in and around Cabot, Calais, Hardwick, Woodbury and Walden are experiencing on outage due to downed trees and winds. Roughly 300 members are currently out of power. Crews are working on restoring power, but with additional storms on their way we are likely to see more outages in the coming hours. Remember: Do not

June 20, 2024

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WEC’s Response to Meteorologist Roger Hill’s Predictions for More Outages PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER’S MESSAGE Election and recount process Steve: In the annual election of Board members last month, Washington Electric Co-op had the closest election that anyone on the board or staff can recall. When the counting was concluded, Rich Rubin’s and Olivia Campbell Andersen’s tallies differed by a single vote with well over

June 13, 2024

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Meteorologist Roger Hill predicts wetter storms and increased outages; GM Louis Porter on WEC’s response Meteorologist and WEC member Roger Hill reads weather maps and models from his home office on a Worcester mountainside. Since 2007, he has provided forecasting for all Vermont utilities; he’s forecasted for WEC a few years longer. On May 2, Hill was the featured presenter at WEC’s Annual Meeting. In

June 13, 2024

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Co-op Currents invites new WEC Directors to talk about the values and experience they bring to the role, how they’ll balance vision and fiscal responsibility, and what drives them to serve fellow members. Profiles do not necessarily represent the values and policy decisions set by WEC’s Board as a whole, but rather the individual perspectives of Board members. In 2024, Pat Barnes and Olivia Campbell

June 13, 2024

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Recount upholds Campbell Andersen by one vote; meeting focused on storm-related outages In an extraordinarily close race, a single vote separated the third- and fourth-place finishers in WEC’s Board of Directors election. Incumbent President Stephen Knowlton, recent appointee Pat Barnes, and new Director Olivia Campbell Andersen were elected. Long-serving Board member Richard Rubin and first-time candidate Ian Buchanan finished fourth and fifth. A recount, mandated

June 13, 2024

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The crews have successfully restored power to all members in the Orange, Plainfield and Marshfield areas. The outage was caused by trees that fell during the heavy rain. Thank you to the crews who were able to respond quickly and restore power.

June 8, 2024

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June 8, 2024 – 7:30 a.m. WEC is experiencing outages due to thunderstorms that came through the Orange, Plainfield and Marshfield area earlier this morning. 374 members are currently without power. Crews have been dispatched to the area and will be working to restore power as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Remember: Do not approach downed lines or trees on lines, as

June 8, 2024

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Electrical safety tips from Safety and Environmental Compliance Specialist David Young In the last Safety Minute, we discussed preventing home electrical outlets from becoming heat sources. In this issue, we’re focusing not on the wiring in your walls, but on what you plug into outlets. I have family members who experienced a house fire because of a dehumidifier plugged into an outlet with an extension

April 11, 2024

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Service Quality and Reliability Plan Results SQRP 2023 By Louis Porter Washington Electric Cooperative annually reports to state regulators how well it provided service to its members over the last year. The Service Quality and Reliability Plan or SQRP report consists of 12 categories designed to take a snapshot of where we are doing well and where we need to improve. While this report is

April 11, 2024

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Perhaps the biggest news about outages from 2023 is that WEC began changing how it manages them. Last year, WEC made changes to its software so members can access more information in real time. Members experiencing outages now receive estimates for when power will be restored. The Outage Map on wec.coop shows whether outages are localized or widespread, when the outage was first reported, and

April 11, 2024

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Treasurer’s Report By Don Douglas In 2023 Washington Electric recognized a large increase in revenue in retail sales. In 2022 it was $17,384,203 and in 2023 the figure increased to $20,246,823. This represents an increase of $2,862,620. This large increase is due to the rate increase of 12.83% and because our regulators asked us to shift the net generation credits down to purchase power instead

April 11, 2024

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Shoring up access to renewable generation, including Hydro-Québec, as Vermont demand for renewable power grows President’s Report By Stephen Knowlton Washington Electric Cooperative is now in its 85th year, and it is a good time to reflect on how we got started as a cooperative. As we are already close to being a quarter of the way through the 21st century, we can also review

April 11, 2024

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WEC General Manager’s Report By Louis Porter With increasingly severe storms causing more damage to electrical infrastructure across Vermont, I hope to have a conversation with WEC members at our Annual Meeting about winter outages, and how we as members respond to them, both individually and collectively through our Cooperative. Outages, particularly those in the winter, are understandably one of the greatest concerns for WEC

April 11, 2024

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April 6, 2024 – 1:20 pm Crews have successfully restored the final outages in WEC territory! There remain places we need to finish repairs and make permanent fixes, as there typically after after a major storm. This storm was somewhat frustrating in that new outages continued to occur nearly throughout the duration of the restoration effort. Statewide around 1,500 remain out of power across Vermont

April 4, 2024

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March 11, 2024 – 8:30 pm Line workers successfully completed restoration of power across WEC territory this evening! Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we worked to repair the damage to our system. Remember: If you see lines down, do not touch or approach them. They could still be energized. Please report any downed wires or trees by calling us immediately at 1-802-223-5245

March 10, 2024

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Thursday, February 29, 2024 – 8 pm Crews restored the final outages on the WEC system this evening. Statewide, more than 1,200 remain out of service tonight. Remember: Do not approach downed lines or trees on lines, as they may still be energized.If you see a tree on power lines or lines down, please report it to us: local 802-223-5245 or toll-free 1-800-932-5245 Thursday, February 29, 2024 – 2:30

February 29, 2024

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Electrical safety tips from Safety and Environmental Compliance Specialist David Young House fires used to be a lot more common than they are today. There are three things a fire needs: fuel, air, and a heat source. Oil lamps and candles were the heat sources that caused most house fires, so buildings in WEC’s service area became much safer in 1939 onward, as they were

February 22, 2024

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WEC welcomed 2024 with a new member on its senior leadership team. In the first days of the new year, JJ Vandette joined WEC staff as the Co-op’s first Director of Special Projects and Innovation. Other Vermont utilities, including Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Co-op, have senior positions with “Innovation” in the title. It’s a word that suggests the meeting of ideas and action–but

February 22, 2024

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