VEC to issue patronage capital to members early due to COVID-19

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VEC to issue patronage capital to members early due to COVID-19

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 5:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This summer Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) will be returning patronage capital to members a month earlier than usual in an effort to provide some financial support to members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know some of our members have been facing financial challenges over the past few months, so the Board of Directors took this unusual step to get these credits out sooner rather than later,” said Rebecca Towne, VEC’s chief executive officer. “We hope this step, as modest as it may be, can help reduce the strain on members and their families.”

VEC line worker works on a pole in the Champlain Islands. Photo courtesy VEC.

This year VEC plans to retire a total of $1.4 million to members who paid electric bills in 1997 and in 2019 and eligible members will see credits on their bills in August. In past years, the credits have appeared on September bills.

The VEC Board of Directors determined that VEC’s strong financial results for 2019 allowed the co-op to prudently return patronage capital to members, and to do it earlier than usual, despite pandemic-related financial challenges expected for 2020.

This will be the eighth consecutive year that VEC members have received a patronage capital distribution, with over $7 million refunded over that time period.

For more information about patronage capital, visit or call Member Services at 800- 832-2667.

About Vermont Electric Cooperative

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.

Source: Johnson, Vt - VEC 6.23.2020