WEC overcomes tree crew labor shortage, works to catch up on Right-of-Way clearing before winter

Coop Currents Coop News

Larry Gilbert, Right of Way Manager Over 2021, WEC’s operations department felt pinches in the supply chain and labor market just like most other industries. But in an essential industry—distributing electric power—in a rural service area, with storm season upon us, those pinches can have real effects. WEC contracts with several tree crews to help manage vegetation growth in its …

Strategic steps forward

Coop Currents Coop News

Louis Porter begins GM journey with WEC-wide strategic planning, assessing risk before broadband project goes before membership and regulators, storm preparedness, call for Board candidates, and the season of giving President’s and General Manager’s Message Strategic start Steve: The General Manager sets the process for operating the utility, brings new skills and a new outlook in carrying out the WEC …

Capstone uses ARPA funds to weatherize income-eligible households for free

Coop Currents Coop News

Paul Zabriskie, Capstone’s Director of Weatherization and Climate Impact Recently, Vermont announced the arrival of $7.9 million in American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds earmarked for weatherization assistance programs. “What that means, in the near term,” said Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and Climate Impact at Capstone, “is we’re able to really step up the pace of weatherization.” Capstone is …

Board asks membership to support broadband rollout and grid improvements with $36.5 million low-interest loan

Coop Currents Coop News

by WEC’s Board of Directors WEC’s Board of Directors asks for our members’ support to take out a low-interest $36.5 million federal loan from the USDA’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) program, our primary lender, to build a fiber communication network throughout our service territory. The purpose of this project is to expedite access to high speed broadband service for WEC …

Then Again: How George Aiken found ways to bring electricity to the whole state

WEC Coop News, Press Releases

Originally published in VTDiggerDecember 5, 2021 By Mark Bushnell To the popping of flashbulbs, Gov. George Aiken flipped a switch and started the generators at the newly founded Washington Electric Cooperative in East Montpelier. That moment, back in 1939, was a staged political event captured live on radio and by photographers for the next day’s newspapers.  Photo ops are rarely …

WEC Hires General Manager

SusanG Coop News

RICHARDS NAMED NEW GENERAL MANAGER AT WASHINGTON ELECTRIC CO-OP The Board of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative has selected Patricia H. Richards to become WEC’s new General Manager, effective July 1. She will take over management of the Co-op from Avram Patt, who is retiring at the end of June after 16 ½ years as manager and 8 years as …

WEC Opposes Moratorium on Wind Development

SusanG Coop News

STATEMENT OPPOSING A MORATORIUM ON WIND DEVELOPMENT IN VERMONT Adopted by the Board of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative, January 9, 2013 Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) reaffirms its support for responsible development of renewable energy generation in Vermont, including commercial scale wind. Climate change is already affecting our planet and its impact is being felt in Vermont. The Vermont Legislature …

WEC’s 2012 Annual Meeting: Voting Results, Guest Speaker Presentation

SusanG Coop News

Approximately 170 Washington Electric Co-op members, staff and guests gathered for the Co-op’s 73rd Annual Meeting, held in Montpelier on May 24th. WEC members voted by mail and in person for three 3-year seats on the Board of Directors as well as on a bylaw amendment. Incumbent Directors Richard Rubin of Plainfield and Roger Fox of Walden were reelected, and …