Vermont Electric Cooperative is proud to be joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide to celebrate National Co-op Month in October 2018, recognizing the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. Vermont Electric Cooperative is proud to be member-owned and committed to the best interests of our members and their communities. Built by the community we serve, and led by community members like you, VEC is proud to mark National Co-op Month and to demonstrate our pride in what we do and whom we do it for. Below are “VEC 31 Points Of Pride,” one point for each day in October.  

31 Points of Pride

1. VEC was established in 1938 by farmers in Eden, Vermont, with the goal of bringing electricity to rural Vermonters.

2. VEC was founded to serve “unprofitable” parts of rural Lamoille County bypassed by other utilities.

3. VEC today serves 32,000 members in 75 communities within eight counties.

4. VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.

5. VEC services 2,882 miles of line and 2,056 square miles of territory.

6. VEC is nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology.

7. VEC was one of the first utilities in the U.S. to implement smart grid in 2005.

8. By August 2015, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) was installed at all 36 VEC substations.

9. As a member-owned cooperative, VEC is a democratic organization controlled by its members.

10. VEC is a great employer supporting innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

11. VEC employees are generous and caring. Among many initiatives, employees regularly hold charity lunches to raise money for local projects.

12. VEC has three Co-op community solar projects: Alburgh, Grand Isle, and Hinesburg.

13. VEC Co-op Community Solar is an easy and efficient way for all members to get great value while supporting clean electricity.

14. VEC Co-op Community Solar is perfect for people who rent their home and for anyone whose house is on a shady site or has an unsuitable roof.

 15. VEC's Energy Transformation Program helps members transition away from fossil fuels toward cleaner electricity.

16. VEC offers financial incentives for the purchase of new or used electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

17. VEC offers financial incentives for members who install cold-climate heat pumps. 

18. VEC's Community Fund helps member communities by supporting organizations promoting community and economic development.

19. VEC provides “patronage capital”—members’ share of money remaining at year end, after paying operating expenses.

20. VEC members save time & money by paying their electric bill online with SmartHub.

21. Rate stability is a VEC priority. Our average annual rate increase has been less than 1 percent over the past 8 years, well below average annual inflation.

22. VEC's bond rating has been  A+ (stable) for over two years. 

23. VEC members can sign up for Beat the Peak alerts so they can conserve electricity during peak energy times and help control Co-op energy costs.

24. VEC members save money and save trees by signing up for paperless billing. 6474 paperless members = more than $45,000 in annual savings.

25. VEC's power supply portfolio is increasingly clean, and we are an industry leader in cost-effectively integrating renewables into our power supply.

26. VEC offers members who have off-grid or underserved homes and businesses ways to replace fossil fuels with cleaner electricity.

27. VEC provides great customer service. Members report an overall customer service rating of 4.8 (out of 5) after service calls.

28. VEC meets or exceeds all Service Quality and Reliability Goals (SQRP).

29. VEC provides reliable electric service. Our outage index is consistently better than state regulatory requirements.

30. VEC is committed to safety and wellness. We recently received, after a rigorous review, a prestigious safety and wellness certification through the Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Program. We have also received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness for the past five consecutive years. 

31. VEC’s mission as a member-owned electric distribution utility is to provide safe, affordable, and reliable energy services to our members. We are proud to serve you!