Berlin, VT – 26 March 2019: Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is inviting neighbors in the Berlin area, and other interested people, to an informational session about a proposed project to upgrade the Berlin substation. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Berlin Town Office, 108 Shed Road in Berlin, VT. VELCO construction and community outreach staff will explain the proposed project and answer any questions.

The meeting is one of several steps leading up to a formal request for a permit to construct the project from the Vermont Public Utility Commission. The Commission requires that VELCO provide 45 days’ notice, including a detailed project description, to local select boards and other officials. This enables community leaders to review and discuss the project’s impacts with residents, and to provide input before formal proceedings begin with the Commission. VELCO provided the 45-day notice to the Berlin Town Select Board and Planning Commission, and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission on March 15, 2019.

The Berlin Project as proposed would replace equipment within the substation. Work to be performed will include equipment replacement, and a fence expansion to accommodate a new control building.

VELCO plans to formally apply to the Vermont Public Utility Commission for project approval on May 23, 2019. Subject to Commission approval, construction will begin in spring 2020 and be completed by the end of the year.

For more information, visit www.velco.com/berlin or call 802-770-6381.