Brief Updates – June 2022

Coop Currents Coop News

Final Phase of Rate Design Effective July 1 On July 1, the final phase of WEC’s rate redesign takes effect: The residential monthly customer charge will rise to $26.49 The residential charge per kilowatt hour will drop to $0.21149 Members will continue to purchase the first 100 kilowatt hours each month at the reduced rate of $0.08476. This is not …

WEC Presents on Outage Restoration to Cabot Students Studying Disaster Preparedness

Coop Currents Coop News

How do you capture the attention of a nine-year-old? You need a topic with action, danger, and the potential for knowledgeable kids to save the day. At the Cabot School, grade 3-4 co-teachers Alison Morrow and Rebecca Nally have landed on a class exploration topic that has, unfortunately, real-world application: natural disasters. The class studies disasters for months. “We integrate …

WEC Welcomes New Leadership, Looks Ahead to Grid Updates

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Seasonal right-of-way clearing underway to support reliability, broadband rollout, and advanced metering infrastructure Election results; welcome new Directors Steve: We had an unusual number of candidates running for election in 2022, so that’s a good sign that people are interested in serving their community and spending time on the Board. Something else that’s unusual, in my experience, is we had …

Counting Ballots and Marking Changes at WEC’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Coop Currents Coop News

Typically, at WEC’s Annual Meetings, there is little drawn-out suspense regarding the results of the Board of Directors election. That’s true even in years when the Annual Meeting is held in-person, when the ballot box remains open during a community dinner. The quorum is established and votes are counted quickly, and results are announced shortly after the Board President opens …

Get to Know Your WEC Directors Susan Alexander, Betsy Allen, Steven Farnham

Coop Currents Coop News

In 2022, WEC members elected one incumbent and two new Directors to the Board. Co-op Currents invited these three Directors to talk about the values and experience they bring to the role, how they’ll balance vision and fiscal responsibility, and what interests them most. The following profiles do not necessarily represent the values and policy decisions set by WEC’s Board …

Annual Meeting Election Results

Coop Currents Coop News, Press Releases

Special announcement May 6, 2022 Farnham, Alexander, Allen elected to WEC Board of Directors Steven Farnham of Plainfield, Susan Alexander of Cabot, and Betsy Allen of Plainfield won election to Washington Electric Cooperative’s (WEC) member-led Board of Directors. Farnham was the sole incumbent running for re-election; Alexander and Allen were newly elected to the Board. The results were announced Thursday …

WEC featured on VPR podcast

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A rural Vermont utility crew confronts a surprise outage, and a changing climate Erica Heilman, producer of Rumble Strip, profiled WEC for VPR broadcast Published by Vermont Public Radio | By Erica Heilman | April 29, 2022 “Last week, there was a storm of wet heavy snow in areas throughout Vermont, with power outages all around the state. Independent producer Erica Heilman stopped …

WEC’s 2021 Report Card By the Numbers

Coop Currents Coop News

Service Quality and Reliability Results 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 …

Seven Candidates Respond to Policy Questions

Coop Currents Coop News

Seven Co-op members seek election to three available seats on WEC’s Board of Directors. Each Director serves a three-year term. WEC members may vote for or write in a maximum of three candidates. Ballots must be returned by mail in 2022, and must be received by the Barre Post Office before the May 4 deadline. In the March issue of …

Board of Directors Asks Members to Vote for Bylaw Amendment

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For the first time in a decade, WEC members are asked for their vote to amend the Co-op’s bylaws. The proposed amendment to Article II comes from WEC’s Board of Directors. Its primary effect would allow for electronic (online) voting. Currently, members may only vote by mailed ballot, or, when it is safe to gather, in person. The bylaw amendment …