Together again

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Co-op gathers members together for a cookout, connections, and engineering demonstration on a sunny September day Preview in new tab September 10 was hot and sunny. But with almost 150 members expected for lunch, the grills were busy at WEC’s Operations Center, cooking burgers and chicken from local farms. Typically, WEC hosts the Annual Meeting of the membership in early …

Net Metering’s Effects on Washington Electric Co-op

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By the Board and General Manager of Washington Electric Co-op As the most expensive form of renewable power in the state, net metering raises the cost of electricity to Vermonters who do not own such systems while it lowers the costs for those who do. The members of Washington Electric Cooperative have a long history of supporting renewable energy.  The …

Co-op Seeks Former Members for Capital Credits Refunds

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WEC returns $400,000 to membership in 2022 When for-profit utilities collect excess revenue, those profits enrich their shareholders. When cooperative utilities take in more revenue from their members than it costs to run the utility, they return that money to their members. Since 1998, WEC has returned approximately $9.5 million in capital credit refunds to Co-op members. This year, the …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, …