A Good Enough Way To Proceed (President’s Report)

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Shoring up access to renewable generation, including Hydro-Québec, as Vermont demand for renewable power grows President’s Report By Stephen Knowlton Washington Electric Cooperative is now in its 85th year, and it is a good time to reflect on how we got started as a cooperative. As we are already close to being a quarter of the way through the 21st …

Practical and Honest: WEC’s Pledge For Addressing Outages (GM Report)

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WEC General Manager’s Report By Louis Porter With increasingly severe storms causing more damage to electrical infrastructure across Vermont, I hope to have a conversation with WEC members at our Annual Meeting about winter outages, and how we as members respond to them, both individually and collectively through our Cooperative. Outages, particularly those in the winter, are understandably one of …

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 …

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 …

Meteorologist Roger Hill To Present at Annual Meeting

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Worcester-based meteorologist and WEC member Roger Hill will present at the Co-op’s winter outage-themed Annual Meeting on May 2. Hill’s site-specific forecasts help Vermont utilities, including WEC, prepare their responses to major storms. Many other Vermonters know Hill from his weather forecasts on WDEV Radio Vermont and daily updates through his weather blog, Weathering Heights. Hill will discuss weather and …

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 …

Making A Difference In Our Communities

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2023 started in the aftermath of a major winter storm that caused a lot of damage, and for a lot of members, a lengthy outage. Halfway through 2023, a major summer storm caused flood damage beyond what many central Vermonters had ever seen. Through the Community Fund, which is funded entirely by voluntary member contributions of capital credits, WEC aims …

Budgeting for 2024? Two “Plugs” from the Energy Coach

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Plug-and-play heat pump water heaters; federal $7,500 point of sale incentives for EVs When you’re thinking about making household upgrades and reducing your fossil fuel footprint, it’s a great idea to call or email Bill Powell, WEC’s Energy Coach. New tech comes along all the time – and so do new incentives. Before you make a big purchase, check with …