Before project permitting, during the permitting phase and during construction, we use this update section to provide news and information about VELCO projects in process. These regular updates ensure that the public can follow and have input into our projects. Here are some highlights. Please check back for additional project updates.
FC Line Upgrade - Community Meetings Announcement
VELCO to host community meetings in four towns on proposed electric transmission infrastructure project in Franklin County
Community meetings will be held November 2, 3, 9 & 10 Rutland, VT – Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), is inviting neighbors in Georgia, St. Albans, Swanton and Highgate, and anyone interested, to one or more community meetings about a proposed electric transmission project to improve grid reliability and unlock additional local renewable energy generation.
FC Line Upgrade - Project FAQs Developed
The VELCO Project Team received great questions from community members at the November community meetings. We have compiled those questions in a Frequently Asked Questions document. This is the first version of the Franklin County Line Upgrade FAQs and will be updated as the project moves forward. The FAQs are available here.
FC Line Upgrade - Fields Assessment Notice
FC Line Upgrade - Project Introduction to Towns & Landowners
FC Line Upgrade - St. Albans Town Meeting
FC Line Upgrade - Field Assessment Updates
VELCO sent a letter to towns and landowners to provide updates on field assessment work being performed.
Additional Field Assessments: VELCO and its contractors will continue field assessments through the fall 2022, walking the corridor that runs over your property. Our purpose is to review existing conditions, perform construction site reviews and continue surveys to identify suitable access points, laydown areas for materials during construction, and trees that pose an unacceptable risk to the new line.
Soil Borings: In order to safely reposition the new poles, VELCO will need to conduct approximately 30 soil borings in October at various points along the 16.6-mile route. These borings are completed using a tracked rig with an auger and will be temporary in nature. Our commitment is that any disturbed area will be stabilized and restored. Additionally, no work will be done without first giving advance notice if in fact a soil boring needs to take place on your property.
Vegetation Maintenance and Tree Clearing: The new location of the poles will be closer to the edge of the corridor, and will require tree clearing to the full extent of the right-of-way where it is not already cleared to the full 150’ width. Trees outside of the ROW that pose a reliability threat to the new line will also need to be removed. Rob Naramore and Raven Buttice from VELCO’s Real Estate and Right-of-Way team will work directly with you and your neighbors seeking to collaboratively confirm/acquire rights to additional trees. Review introductory profiles of Rob and Raven HERE. They will serve as your main points of contact for ROW matters and look forward to working with you throughout the project.
FC Line Upgrade - Invitation to Community Meetings
FC Line Upgrade - Community Meetings Schedule
The VELCO project team is hosting four community meetings to provide a forum to learn all aspects of interest about the project including the new line's purpose, proposed design, and work timeline. The VELCO project team will be available to answer questions and listen to community input.
- November 2, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Town of Georgia Middle School Cafeteria
- November 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St. Albans Town Education Center Cafeteria
- November 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Swanton Central School Library
- November 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Highgate Elementary School Gymnasium
Download Community Meeting presentation here [Link to PDF]