President’s and General Manager’s Message

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WEC’s rate redesign, incentivizing beneficial electrification, now in full effect Co-op continues to support broadband rollout, Community Fund donations, and hosts two member events in September New rate design now in full effect Steve: The final phase of WEC’s rate redesign took effect July 1. According to the Public Utility Commission’s ruling, we’ve been required to implement the changes in …

Rights-of-way 101: Responsibilities and Practices

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What is a right-of-way? A right-of-way is a type of easement that gives utilities the right to access private land in order to maintain shared infrastructure, such as poles and wires. Most of WEC’s power lines are distribution lines, which have a 20-foot right-of-way on either side of the line. Transmission lines have a 100-foot right-of-way. Rights-of-way exist so utilities …

Brief Updates – July 2022

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Fall Membership Gathering Join WEC for an in-person membership gathering and cookout lunch on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 11 AM – 3 PM at the WEC Operations Center, 230 Fassett Road in East Montpelier.Lunch is free and available by reservation only. Click here to RSVP. Open House at Coventry Landfill Join WEC and Casella Waste Systems for the first …

Brief Updates – June 2022

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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

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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 …

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 …

Seven Candidates Respond to Policy Questions

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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 …

General Manager’s Report: WEC Draws on Its Strengths to Navigate Disruptions

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By Louis Porter About five months ago, I began working for Washington Electric Cooperative, and I continue to be amazed by the warm welcome and generosity shown by my colleagues, the members, the Board of Directors, and those who work in Vermont’s public power system. Our corner of Vermont, and the world at large, have faced tremendous upheaval from ongoing …

Brief updates: April 2022

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Tune in to WEC’s Annual Meeting! WEC’s 83nd Annual Meeting of the membership will be held virtually on Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m. To register for the meeting, visit wec.coop/annual-meeting. Join the meeting for: Results of this year’s Board of Directors election Q&A with Board Officers and new General Manager Louis Porter Musical performance from Patrick Ross and Doug …

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 …