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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...

Vermont’s Second Largest Utility Seeks Moratorium on Renewable Energy Projects

The board of directors of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has approved a resolution calling for a two-year moratorium on  renewable energy projects following a large controversial wind project.  VEC has several large wind projects in its portfolio, including the Lowell wind project, which has been the source of some complaints because of the noise created by the wind turbines. ...

Lowell Mountain Wind Project Survives Legal Challenge

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. can proceed with the construction of an industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain, as the Vermont Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge to the project.  The 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project is due to come on line in December 2012.  The project’s challengers, Lowell Mountains Group Inc. and the towns of Albany...

Vermont Electric Coop to Kick Off Energy and Environmental Management Project

Vermont Electric Cooperative is partnering with Kilawatt Technologies on an Energy and Environmental Management project.  This project aims to reduce electric power waste in commercial buildings by tailoring supply closer to consumption.  This effort will include collecting total energy consumption data across a building, determining the energy consumption patterns of that building,...

Vermont Electric Cooperative Pursues Power Deal with Seabrook Nuclear Plant

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has expressed interest in entering a 20-year power purchase agreement with a NextEra Energy nuclear power plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire.  The Vermont Public Service Board and the VEC board of directors must approve the purchase before the parties can go forward with the agreement.  The contract would be for 16 to 17 percent of VEC’s annual energy...

Vermont Coops Become Customers of State’s Largest Wind Farm

The largest wind farm in Vermont officially opened on October 26, and two of the state’s coops plan to be big customers of the facility.  Washington Electric Cooperative and Vermont Electric Cooperative will buy a combined 60 percent of the output from the farm.  The new $90 million, 40-megawatt, 16-turbine wind farm is the result of an eight-year planning and building process.  To...

Green Mountain Power Starts Construction of Wind Project in Vermont

Green Mountain Power has commenced construction of a 63MW wind facility that will provide power to the members of the Vermont Electric Cooperative. The Energy Business Review has more on the wind farm.

Vermont Smart Meters Help Weather Irene

Like many cooperatives along the eastern seaboard, the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) dealt with major power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Approximately 10,000 VEC members lost power. VEC’s smart meters played a pivotal role in the restoration efforts and allowed the VEC control center to communicate in real-time with members and support staff. Click here for the full...

Coops Battle the Effect of Hurricane Irene

Electric cooperatives across the Northeast are dealing with the power disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene’s destruction.  According to Touchstone Energy Group, North Carolina-based coops have restored power to nearly 90,000 households, reducing the 152,000 outages reported on Saturday.  In Vermont, utility workers continued working Monday morning to restore electricity to the 4,400...

Vermont Electric Coop Wins POWER Magazine Smart Grid Award

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) was recognized as the winner of the inaugural POWER Smart Grid Award.  Among other smart grid technologies, VEC has implemented bidirectional meters, a new GPS-enabled outage management system, substation upgrades, and online access to electricity usage information.  These efforts have cut outages in the VEC territory in half.  They have also reduced...

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