Betsy Ide Bloomer has joined the staff of Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) as Media and Strategic Communicator. Betsy joins VELCO's communications team, where she will support internal and external communications as the company delivers value to Vermont and helps create a more sustainable future.
VELCO CEO and President Tom Dunn said, "Betsy brings a unique combination of experience in advocacy and energy innovation, along with a broad network of Vermont contacts that will enable us to not only tell VELCO's story, but also cultivate the wide array of stakeholder relationships necessary to transform our energy world."
"VELCO is a trusted and strategic partner for Vermont as we come together to transform the energy landscape and build a better future for Vermonters," Betsy said, "I can't wait to tell this story."
Betsy comes to VELCO from Green Mountain Power where she delivered innovative products and services to reduce the carbon footprint of Vermont and help customers save money through energy transformation. Prior to Green Mountain Power, Betsy was an integral part of Vermont's Hurricane Irene Recovery Office and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, raising over $7 million for the unmet needs of families as they rebuilt homes and lives. Born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, Betsy spent eleven years in Washington, DC, advocating for policies and projects on Capitol Hill that benefitted some of the country's premier institutions of higher education and health care systems. She lives in Rutland with her husband Matt and young sons Will and Zach.
Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is Vermont's statewide electric transmission provider, with our sights set on creating a sustainable Vermont through our people, assets, relationships and operating model. Formed in 1956 when local utilities established the nation's first "transmission only" company to access clean hydro power from New York, VELCO's system now includes: 738 miles of transmission lines, 55 substations, switching stations and terminal facilities, and 13,000 acres of rights-of-way; a 1,500-mile fiber optic network that monitors and controls the electric system and serves as a key link for Vermonters' high-speed data internet access. Our ownership is shared by the state's 17 distribution utilities and a public benefits corporation, with a for-profit structure that returns value to our shareholders, their customers and to every Vermonter. For more information please visit our website at www.velco.com.