Outage created plenty of work for plumbers

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copyright the Chronicle February 17, 2016

by Tena Starr

It was a perfect trifecta of bad luck – the coldest day of the year by far, not enough snow to insulate foundations, and an outage that left roughly 1,500 Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) members without power for about 12 hours Sunday.  Barton and Orleans electric customers were out as well.

A day later, or a day earlier, and it might have been a different story.  But by Sunday afternoon… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Gamache explains how Efficiency Vermont can help with energy costs

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Elizabeth Gamache, director of Efficiency Vermont, at a Newport City Council meeting October 19.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Elizabeth Gamache, director of Efficiency Vermont, at a Newport City Council meeting October 19. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle November 4, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Elizabeth Gamache, the new head of Efficiency Vermont, is no stranger to the Northeast Kingdom. As manager for corporate services at the Vermont Electric Cooperative, for years she was the spokesman for the area’s predominant power supplier.

In her new role, as director of a regulated electric utility, Ms. Gamache has been touring the state to explain her organization’s mandate and to offer its services to businesses, municipalities, and individuals.

On October 19, Ms. Gamache took a few moments away from her tour of Newport businesses to talk about the work done by Efficiency Vermont and what it offers Vermonters aside from lower prices on LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

She even had news about that program. When Efficiency Vermont first started… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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VEC will seek help from FEMA for storm damage

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The heavy wet snow that stuck to trees in last week’s big snowstorm has caused power outages to continue throughout the week.   Photos by Tena Starr

The heavy wet snow that stuck to trees in last week’s big snowstorm has caused power outages to continue throughout the week. Photos by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle December 17, 2014 

by Tena Starr

Orleans County got off relatively lightly in last week’s big snowstorm. Several towns received a good foot of snow on the night of Tuesday, December 9. And they got it in a hurry.

But the county was not as affected by power outages as other places in Vermont.

By Monday afternoon, the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) said that just 260 VEC members were without power. Line crews had repaired more than 35,000 outages since the storm, said spokesman Liz Gamache.

You could call last week’s storm the gift that kept on giving. After the initial mess was cleaned up, utilities warned that the heavy snow could continue to bring down trees and branches, causing more outages. And that’s just what happened.

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Ice storm causes widespread power outages

A power line on Roaring Brook Road between West Glover and Barton.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

A power line on Roaring Brook Road between West Glover and Barton. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle 12-23-2013

An ice storm has knocked out power in northern Vermont and beyond.  Monday morning David Hallquist of Vermont Electric Cooperative said the storm is unprecedented in the amount of damage it’s done because it’s so widespread geographically.  About two-thirds of the cooperative’s coverage area lost power.

Mr. Hallquist said crews are working hard to restore power to everyone.

“We’ve got all the king’s horses and all the king’s men trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again,” he said.  Continue reading

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