WEC Welcomes New Leadership, Looks Ahead to Grid Updates

Coop Currents Coop News

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 …

Treasurer’s Report: Planning pays off

Coop Currents Coop News

WEC budgeted accurately for 2021, despite higher purchased power bills due to decreased production at Coventry By Don Douglas Washington Electric Cooperative is committed to providing the excellent service our members expect and deserve. The catastrophic pandemic is still with us as we attempt to learn to live with the virus that has caused so many disruptions to our lives. …

WEC’s Role In Broadband Deployment Is Changing

Coop Currents Coop News

By the WEC Board of Directors, ECFiber, CVFiber, NEK Broadband While Washington Electric Cooperative’s member owners will progressively be receiving new access to high-speed broadband over the next few years starting this summer, it will be accomplished without low-interest loans through WEC. The Communications Union Districts (CUDs) expect to receive sufficient grant funding from the federal government, administered by the …

Vermont Sees Influx of Funding for Broadband Rollout

Coop Currents Coop News

WEC plans a third virtual Annual Meeting; transformer shortage affects PowerShift President’s and General Manager’s Message Broadband rollout Steve: Vermont is experiencing an influx of funding related to high-speed internet. There are many more opportunities for federal funding for broadband through various forms: ARPA [the American Rescue Plan Act], NTIA [National Telecommunications and Information Administration], and the USDA ReConnect program, …

Seven Candidates for Board of Directors

Coop Currents Coop News

Vote by mail in 2022 Every year, WEC’s membership elects three fellow members to serve on the Co-op’s nine-seat Board of Directors. The members who serve in these critical roles oversee management and staff and make policy and leadership decisions for the member-owned electric utility.  In 2022, to date, seven candidates are vying for three seats. Two of these seats …

A legacy of working for the environment and the community

Coop Currents Coop News

Outgoing Directors Barry Bernstein and Annie Reed on the importance of upholding the founding values of the Co-op now and into the future Barry Bernstein and Annie Reed are both stepping off WEC’s Board of Directors when their terms conclude in 2022. Bernstein was WEC’s President for many years, Reed served as Secretary, and they have a combined 35-plus years …

Bernstein and Reed Will Not Run Again, Opening Two Seats on WEC’s Board of Directors

Coop Currents Coop News

Longtime WEC directors and officers Barry Bernstein and Annie Reed have announced they do not plan to run for re-election to the Board in 2022. This opens two of the three Board seats up for election. Incumbent Steven Farnham will run for re-election. The Board of Directors sets policy and develops the long term vision of Washington Electric Cooperative. Every …