GMP Invites Customers to Feb. 4th Open House in St. Johnsbury, Files Climate Plan to Enhance System Resiliency
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is inviting customers to a bi-annual open house this Tuesday, February 4, at GMP’s district office in St. Johnsbury. The timing of the event coincides with the company’s recently filed Climate Plan and will provide a chance for customers to talk with GMP leaders about this and other topics including operations, storm response, and strategies to reduce energy and lower costs.
GMP filed its Climate Plan with state regulators as a proactive roadmap that will help the company better serve customers now and into the future with a stronger, more reliable grid. The purpose of the plan is to take steps now to shore up infrastructure and protect against ever-intensifying weather events. The plan includes projects to move infrastructure such as substations out of floodplains, undergrounding cables, and working with communities on microgrid and energy storage projects. GMP met with many community leaders across the state and incorporated their ideas and feedback into the plan.
“I attended one of the GMP sessions. It was eye-opening to learn of the details of weather trends, impacts and proposed solutions,” said Susan Elder, Chelsea Select Board chair. “This is useful data I will share with our town for information and planning purposes. I’m glad GMP reached out to learn more about our work and needs, too. We all have to work together to address possible infrastructure damage due to more severe weather trends.”
Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-Windham-Bennington, also took part in one of the climate plan outreach sessions. “The impacts of climate change are real across Vermont, and it is critical that the particular challenges of keeping rural communities connected and protected are addressed,” Sibilia said. “I’m pleased to see GMP looking ahead, reaching out and working collaboratively to strengthen our energy system in this time of increasing storms.”
To see the full Climate Plan, visit https://greenmountainpower.com/regulatory/. Leaders will be on hand at Tuesday’s open house to talk more about this and other initiatives.
Refreshments will be provided and GMP will livestream the event on its Facebook page for customers who cannot attend. As part of its multi-year regulation plan, GMP holds these bi-annual public meetings with customers – one in the southern part of the state, and one in the northern part of the state. An Open House was held in Westminster in July 2019, and another Open House will be planned for southern Vermont in 2020.
Open House Details
What: GMP Open House
Where: GMP District Office, 603 Main St., St. Johnsbury
When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019, GMP was named “One of the Best Places To Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award.