Safety Minute: Preventing House Fires 1 – Outlet Safety

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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 …

Meet JJ Vandette: WEC’s Inaugural Director of Special Projects and Innovation

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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 …

Ask The Energy Coach

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Ask the Energy Coach: How do I balance outage preparation with reducing my carbon footprint? Dear Energy Coach: My New Year’s resolution is to reduce my personal carbon footprint as much as I can within my own power and budget. I am starting with a list of opportunities and obstacles. One major concern I have is that if I rely …

President’s and GM’s Message: Weather Trends and Today’s Priorities

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Storms Impact Vermont rural utilities in patterns of threes; welcoming JJ Vandette and Pat Barnes; acknowledging Dan Couture and Elaine Gonier; grant and legislative updates Weather and Outage Management Louis: Weather and outage management continue to be a major focus area not just for Washington Electric, but for our fellow electric distribution utilities. Where and how the weather hits makes …

RESTORED: Outages 1-24-2024

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 – 11:30 am WEC crews found a damaged switch at our switching station for our transmission line that feeds our Jackson Corners substation from GMP’s transmission line. WEC crews and GMP crews are in the process of bypassing the damaged equipment so that we can restore power to our substation and get everyone’s power back on. …

RESTORED: Outages 1-13-2024

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Saturday, January 13, 2024 – 7 pm – WEC crews have completed restoring the last remaining outage in Marshfield, and at this time, there are no other outages on our system. Thank you to our crews for their great work and dedication, and to our members for your patience and outage reports. As we have said, Washington Electric was lucky …

WEC Advises Members to Prepare for Potential Outages

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Friday, January 12, 2024 – 3:30 pm A severe weather event will impact our region tonight and tomorrow (Jan 12-13). Wind gusts up to 40 – 60 mph have been forecast for WEC territory. Therefore, WEC expects power outages to occur throughout our service territory overnight tonight and tomorrow. Given the severity and scope predicted for this storm, some outages …

Winter Begins With Streak of Storms and Outages

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Pattern of Wet, Heavy Snow Continues Through December Early Monday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday, a winter storm brought wet snow and power outages to Vermont. WEC territory saw six to eight inches of heavy precipitation on average, and far more in pockets. More than 34,000 outages were reported across Vermont. WEC counted 6,287 outages, affecting approximately half the membership. …

President’s & GM’s Message: Proactive Changes In WEC’s Major Outage Communication; Winter Storms Hit WEC Territory Hard

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Truck Accident Causes Coventry Plant Shutdown; GMP’s Zero Outages Initiative Irasburg truck accident Steve: Members may have heard about the truck accident in Irasburg where a propane truck drove into the Black River and burned. What was not included in most coverage was that the accident impacted our generation plant at Coventry. Louis: The morning of December 4, a propane …

Birds on a Wire

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Osprey often build their nests on human-made structures. This can cause big problems when the structure they choose is a utility pole with energized wires. The nest becomes a fire hazard, the birds risk electrocution, customers can experience unexpected outages, and line crews may have trouble identifying the issue. That’s what happened in Coventry in 2022, when a young osprey …