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Vermont Coop Working with Major State Industry to Promote Electric Technology

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEP), a Vermont cooperative with 35,000 members, including 400 maple syrup producers, has partnered with Dominion & Grim, a Canadian company, to promote to sugar makers a new electric evaporator called ECOVAP.  VEP will offer incentives for the sugar makers to switch to ECOVAP and, in turn, VEP will receive carbon credits for the...

FEMA Grant Will Help Vermont Coop Clean Up

Vermont legislators announced last Friday that the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) will receive a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The $2.1 million grant will cover cleanup and repair costs related to severe weather that occurred last December and caused 45,000 outages in VEC’s service territory.  Click here for...

Vermont Coop Spends More than $7 Million on Damage from Ice Storm

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) recently spent an unprecedented sum to repair damage caused by recent ice storms.  While the cost is significant for a coop of VEC’s size, the coop’s goal is to find efficiencies and other ways to avoid rate increases.  Another utility in Vermont recently announced a “storm surcharge” to cover its storm-related costs.  Read more...

Vermont Net Metering Program May Be Overhauled

Vermont lawmakers are striving to raise the existing cap on the state’s net metering program to match the growing demand for residential renewable energy generation.  A bill, approved by the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee last week, offers a fast-track solution ahead of larger changes expected when a federal solar tax credit expires, likely in 2017.  The proposed bill...

New England Coops Recovering from Winter Storms

A Vermont Electric Cooperative representative said that the late December ice storms in the area will lead to its most expensive restoration effort ever, potentially topping $6.5 million in cost.  Other Northeast coops are facing the same challenges; Maine had more than 3,200 customers without power on Christmas Eve.  Progress is being made quickly as coop employees cooperate to make...

Vermont Coop to Build 5-MW Solar Project

The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is hoping to build the state’s largest utility-owned solar power project as part of a broader effort to help reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.  VEC is working with 14 other coops across the country on the 5-MW project in a first-of-its-kind initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of...

Vermont Net Metering Dispute Heats Up

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) seeks to resume its net metering program after reaching the state’s 4% cap on mandatory net metering.  VEC’s tariff proposal would adjust credits downward for new participants due to the rapid increase in demand and the decrease in prices associated with net metered solar energy systems.  However, Renewable Energy Vermont opposes VEC’s proposal,...

Patronage Capital Returned for First Time

For the first time in its 75-year history, Vermont Electric Cooperative will return $850,000 to members who were with the coop during 1997 and 2012.  Previously the coop would reinvest patronage capital in system upgrades or to fill capital requirements for power agreements.  Click here for more...

Coop Expresses Transmission Concerns with Wind Proposal

BNE Energy, a Connecticut company, is seeking to develop a new six-turbine, 18-MW wind project adjacent to Green Mountain Power’s existing 21-turbine Kingdom Community wind project.  Some are saying there is not enough available transmission for both.  Vermont Electric Cooperative has weighed in on the subject, expressing concern that the new turbines would exacerbate the...

Wind Projects Cause Instability in Vermont Grid

The CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has indicated that the coop will oppose any new large wind projects in northern Vermont because existing wind projects have introduced instability in the grid, prompting grid operator ISO-New England to order existing wind projects in Vermont and New Hampshire to curtail electricity output.  As a result, wind farm turbines are not being...

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