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Members Gather for VEC Annual Meeting; Electric Vehicles the Theme

May 16, 2019

Johnson, VT – Vermont Electric Cooperative members got updates from co-op leadership and elected board directors, and also heard from experts on the future of electric vehicles (EVs) in rural Vermont at the co-op’s annual meeting May 11 at Jay Peak Resort. About 270 people were in attendance.

“Annual meeting is always a wonderful time to connect, face-to-face, with our members and hear their thoughts and opinions,” said VEC’s Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Towne. “We also appreciate the opportunity to share how our energy transformation programs can help members achieve their personal energy goals and how VEC is navigating an increasingly complex energy system.”

The meeting’s theme was Driving into the Future: Electric Vehicles in Rural Vermont, and the event featured a panel of experts on electric vehicles - including VEC members Eric and Ingrid Nuse who own an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Dave Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont, Michele Boomhower of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Mike Davin of Nissan North America also shared information about the growth of electric vehicles in Vermont as well as challenges and opportunities for this emerging market.

On display at the meeting were two Nissan Leafs, two Chevrolet Bolts, and a VEC fleet Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid fleet vehicle as well as an all-electric ride-on lawn mower.

At the meeting, VEC members also concluded the election for three seats on the board of directors:

  • Incumbent Don Worth of Island Pond, running unopposed, was re-elected to his seat in District 1.
  • Incumbent Paul Lambert of Georgia also ran unopposed and was re-elected to his seat in District 6.
  • Jody Dunklee of Fairfax won a three-way race against Steph Hoffman of Morrisville and Caleb Magoon of Hyde Park to serve on the West Zone district seat vacated by former Board President Dan Carswell.

During the event, VEC also gave away prizes that had been generously donated by businesses that VEC works with throughout the year.