Vermont Electric Co-op wins Service of the Year award from IEEE

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Green Mountain Section presented Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) with the Service of the Year award during their annual meeting banquet dinner held on December 2 at the Inn at Essex. One of nine awards presented during the evening, recognized VEC for its role in driving improvements to the state of the art of smart grid technology and services.  Specifically IEEE commended VEC on its deployment of smart meters, and most significantly, the Cooperative’s effectiveness in demonstrating the benefits of smart meters to its consumers.  ‘Service innovation including information management, data analysis, and optimization helps create a more flexible and responsive grid’ says Pascal Nsame, the IEEE Green Mountain Section Chair.  ‘We are honored to have received IEEE Green Mountain Chapter’s Service of the Year award that recognizes VEC for its accomplishments’ said David Hallquist, CEO. ‘We believe we have only scratched the surface of our smart grid technology and will continue to seek innovative solutions that provide value to our members.’ In 2005, VEC began deploying automated meters to reduce outage frequencies and durations while reducing operating costs.  Since the introduction of a sophisticated outage management system in 2008, operations staff is provided with near- real time outage information to quickly develop effective system restoration strategies and send line crews directly to the source of outages.  Before smart meters, for example, crews often had to patrol VEC’s rural system on foot to locate outage points.  And when an outage occurs, information is displayed automatically on VEC’s website which provides consumers with outage details and restoration times. Another significant benefit is that with smart meters, VEC consumers are provided with detailed information about their electricity usage that can be used to make more informed decisions about power usage.   VEC’s wattWATCHERS web-based application, introduced in 2009, displays hourly and daily consumption data over a 90 day period.  More information about VEC’s Smart Grid Story can be found atwww.vermontelectric.coop(link is external). VEC is Vermont’s third largest electric distribution utility serving approximately 34,000 households and businesses in 74 towns throughout northern Vermont. Founded as a cooperative, VEC is locally owned by its consumers or members. A national leader in technology and innovation, including the use of automated meters, VEC has been providing energy solutions to Vermonters since 1938. The IEEE Green Mountain Chapter annually recognizes Vermont companies and individuals for significant contributions to the advancement of the engineering profession during its annual meeting banquet.  IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence in areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.  IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. For more information about IEEE visit: www.ieee.org(link is external)last_img

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