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VEC Line Workers Rescue Cat

Everyone knows that if a cat is stuck in a tree, you call the fire department. But who do you call if a cat is stuck on top of an electric pole? Your local electric cooperative, of course. On Monday, March 9, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) received just such a call. Around noon, the phone rang in the control center and System Operator Melanie Butler received a report of a cat perched precariously on top a pole connecting one of the co-op’s three-phase electric lines in Highgate Center.


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Construction Has Begun on the NEK Connector

Construction of the NEK Connector has begun. The $14.5 million dollar project, which is being managed by Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), has been planned since 2010 when VEC received a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The NEK Connector will significantly improve electric reliability by replacing a line that was originally built in the early to mid-20th century and expand telecommunications services in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) by providing fiber optic cables to private telecommunications companies.


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VEC Awards First Community Fund Grants to Local Organizations

In the summer of 2014, the Board of Directors of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) adopted a program called the Community Fund. The Fund allows members to donate money to help local nonprofit organizations that support community development and economic security in VEC’s service territory. This concept underscores the cooperative principle of member helping member.


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VEC Launches New Application to Enhance Member Service

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) launched a new application called SmartHub, which offers its members convenient access to their account information. Available on the web and as a free app for smart phones and tablets, SmartHub is a new account management tool that enables members to manage all aspects of their utility account. In addition to paying their bill, members can view their power usage data, report an outage, and set up alerts to be notified when a power outage occurs and when it’s been restored.


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