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Vermont Electric Co-op Announces Annual Meeting Election Results

Released: May 18, 2013
Johnson – Results of Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) director elections and proposed bylaw amendment were announced during the Cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting held at Smugglers’ Notch on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Eighteen candidates vied for three seats with four-year terms on VEC’s board of directors. The results are as follows:


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Seeking Director Candidates in 2013 - Three Director Positions Open

February 28, 2013

Vermont Electric Cooperative will host its 75th Annual Meeting of the Membership on May 18, 2013, at Smugglers Notch Resort.  An important component of the annual meeting is to give members an opportunity to exercise their voice as member/owners, which is demonstrated in the election of new directors for expiring positions on our Board of Directors. As a cooperative, members democratically elect local representatives to serve on the board. These directors participate in setting policies and making decisions, and are expected to represent the interests of these members.


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Vermont Electric Coop Board of Directors Recommends Moratorium on Renewable Power Supply Mandates

For Release: December 28, 2012

Vermont Electric Cooperative’s board of directors passed a resolution this afternoon recommending that the Vermont Legislature impose a moratorium for a period of up to two years on further renewable power supply mandates. Discussing concerns about impacts on costs and reliability, the VEC board expressed a need to address grid instability along with human health impacts as Vermont moves to adopt higher levels of renewable resources.

VEC further recommended that a statewide panel  be formed, representing all stakeholders – including utility customers- to be involved in developing a renewable energy transition plan addressing these issues.

Seven directors voted in favor of the resolution, with one opposing and one abstaining. Three directors were absent. Several VEC members (customers) from the Northeast Kingdom were present and spoke against further industrial wind development.


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VEC Crews respond to outage caused by high winds

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2012, 4:30 PM

Johnson, VT- At 4:30 p.m. about 3,400 Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) members were without power. As predicted, today’s weather brought damaging winds to the VEC service territory causing power outages for approximately 9,000 VEC members. Line crews began restoration efforts early Friday morning and will continue to work throughout the night and into Saturday.

Down sloping winds caused trees to fall on power lines in areas west of both the Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Most of VEC’s outages occurred in Chittenden, Lamoille, Franklin, Essex and Orleans Counties. 

The Cambridge area was particularly hard-hit when a substation failed due to a downed tree on a power line. From the Hinesburg and Huntington areas to the Northeast Kingdom, hundreds of VEC members experienced power outages at some point during the day.


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