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 …

President’s Report: In a Transition Year, Co-op Sees Changes to Broadband Partnership, Staffing

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by Stephen Knowlton Sometimes, things seem to work out even if they don’t come off quite the way as originally planned. Readers of Co-op Currents will recall that Washington Electric had been in the process of applying for a $36.5 million loan from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to construct a 900-mile long fiber network in WEC …

For World-Renowned Marriage Therapists, High Speed Internet Is a Missing Piece of Business Operations

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When Israel and Cathie Helfand moved to Cabot in 1997, it was a conscious choice to bring hands-on homesteading into their daily life, and wilderness into their therapy practice. Using the carpentry skills that put Israel through graduate school, they rehabbed a 1845 farmhouse, built trails and gardens, and reintroduced farm animals, creating a space where visitors could decompress. Many …