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July 27th

VEC Upgrade Passes With High Turnout

July 27, 2011

JOHNSON, VT– Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) members gave the okay by a wide margin Tuesday to partner with Green Mountain Power in upgrading the transmission line from Lowell to Jay, which will also be used by GMP for the Kingdom Wind Project.
The highly controversial vote, which was widely publicized, resulted in a voter turnout of about 20 percent. Typical votes result in about 8 percent of the membership voting.

July 26th

Derby Residents Object to “Rushing” VELCO Decision

July 26, 2011

DERBY – Derby town officials heard more controversy Monday evening over a telecommunications tower proposed by the Vermont Electric Company (VELCO).
Derby residents Sharon and Mark Tarbox, who live near Derby’s antenna farm at 3557 Nelson Hill Road, expressed concerns about possible health effects from the large tower VELCO wants to install. VELCO officials say the tower will emit a very low amount of emissions, but some residents are concerned over the cumulative emissions from VELCO and other towers as well as from undetermined transmitters that would be put on the tower in the future.

VEC Upgrade Passes

July 26, 2011

VEC Transmission Upgraded PASSES with 5,340 votes to 1,379 votes.
Hydro Quebec approval to purchase power passes 5,970 to 700.
Bylaw Amendment to allow payback to customers of equity passes 5,572 to 991.
Carol Maroney wins VEC board seat.
Full Story Thursday!

July 19th

VELCO Seeks Recommendation from Derby Planning Commission for Tower

July 19, 2011

DERBY – The Derby Planning Commission is currently dealing with a proposed Public Service Board (PSB) application for the Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) to put a radio transmission tower on the property of Jim and Debbie Brown in Derby.
Once the application goes before the PSB, the PSB has sole jurisdiction over the project under 30 VSA Sec. 248A and VELCO does not need a zoning permit or any other municipal or state permit. Until then, the project may be subject to Derby bylaws for conditional use and site plan review.

July 1st

VELCO Wants Derby Tower

July 1, 2011

DERBY, VT – Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), located in Rutland, VT, is apparently attempting to establish a beachhead in Derby, and quickly. This comes on the heels of bidding war between two Canadian companies, Gaz Metro, which already owns Green Mountain Power, and Fortis to purchase CVPS.

First Lady Visits Vermont

July 1, 2011

COLCHESTER, VT – Ken Wells, publisher of the Newport Daily Express, was on the tarmmac when America's First Lady, Michelle Obama, arrived in Vermont. His report of this historic event will follow soon in the Newport Daily Express.

 

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