Utility marks fifth year with no rate increase

Utility marks fifth year with no rate increase

STAFF REPORT Vermont Electric Coop will not seek a rate increase in January, marking the fifth consecutive year that the utility’s rates have remained flat, according to a recent company announcement. “It’s taken a great deal of creativity, negotiation, and careful budgeting and everyone has pitched in,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bursell. “That’s the… Read More »

Eating Well gobbles up Cooking Light

STAFF REPORT Two popular national magazines, both focused on healthy cooking and eating, are combining into one magazine. Shelburne-based Eating Well magazine is folding in Cooking Light magazine, combining the circulation of both publications for a total of 1.775 million subscribers. Both publications are owned by Meredith Corp. based in Des Moines, Iowa. Meredith announced… Read More »

Grant helps Green Mountain Power make battery storage affordable

Green Mountain Power is offering Tesla Powerwall 2.0 batteries to 100 customers, free of charge. A $150,000 grant from the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity will pay for the cutting-edge technology and installation in the homes of low-income customers with significant need for backup power reliability due to health and mobility issues. The utility… Read More »

It’s legal now: Smoke shop opens in Shelburne

It’s legal now: Smoke shop opens in Shelburne

By MADELINE HUGHES There’s a new storefront at the corner of Shelburne and Hullcrest roads. The front window is decked with a neon “open” sign and a hand-drawn poster. Inside, Bob Marley tunes play in the background and art hangs on the walls. South Burlington artist and entrepreneur Jordan Holstein sits behind a counter in… Read More »

Electric co-op to get $1.7 million from FEMA for utility repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that the Vermont Electric Cooperative will receive $1,743,876 for the repair of 54 transformers and 2,887 miles of transmission and distribution electric conductor line poles damaged in a storm and flooding at the end of October 2017. The grant represents the federal share of the total project cost… Read More »

Rebecca Towne named VEC chief executive officer

Rebecca Towne named VEC chief executive officer

By XANDER LANDEN VTDIGGER.ORG The Vermont Electric Cooperative has hired its next CEO. Rebecca Towne, the current vice president of organizational strategy at Vermont Gas Systems, will be taking the reins at Vermont’s second largest electric utility at the beginning of October, the cooperative announced. The company’s last full-time CEO was Christine Hallquist, who stepped… Read More »

The Other Paper joins group: Stowe Reporter buys third Chittenden County paper

The Other Paper in South Burlington is joining the Stowe Reporter newspaper family. The purchase took effect today. That brings to six the number of micro-local weekly newspapers in the Stowe Reporter group. The others are the Shelburne News; The Citizen, which covers Charlotte and Hinesburg; the Waterbury Record; and the News & Citizen of… Read More »

South Burlington Talent Skatepark & Shop to close

South Burlington Talent Skatepark & Shop to close

After more than 16 years in business, Talent Skatepark & Shop in South Burlington will close its doors on Aug. 5. Founders David and Hannah Deene Wood cite multiple reasons for the closure, including a growing decline in skateboarding as a sport, increased competition from online retailers, and young peoples’ technology habits. “We tried to… Read More »

Public invited to tour Kingdom wind project

For the sixth summer, Green Mountain Power is offering free tours of the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vt. The popular tours are open to Vermonters and tourists alike, and in previous years have drawn more than 1,200 people to the site each month. Richard Pion, chair of the Lowell Selectboard, said the… Read More »