Rutland, VT–Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is inviting neighbors in Ludlow, Cavendish, Weathersfield, Chelsea and Hartford, and any interested people, to informational sessions about a proposed project to upgrade the Connecticut River Valley electric transmission network. Four public meetings to discuss the project will be held at the following dates and times:

  • April 22, 6pm at Martin Memorial Hall in Weathersfield, Vermont
  • April 23, 6pm at Cavendish Elementary School in Cavendish, Vermont
  • April 29, 6pm at Bugby Senior Center in White River Junction, Vermont
  • April 30, 6pm at Chelsea Town Office in Chelsea, Vermont

These meetings are one of several steps leading up to a formal request to the Vermont Public Service Board for a permit to construct the project. VELCO is also required to provide 45 days notice to local select boards and other officials, including a detailed project description. The notice enables community leaders to review and discuss the project’s impacts with residents, and to provide input before the formal process begins. VELCO anticipates sending advanced notice of the formal application to select boards in June 2015.

The Connecticut River Valley Project as proposed would rebuild a 15-mile transmission line connecting the Coolidge substation in Ludlow and Cavendish to the Ascutney substation in Weathersfield, and perform associated upgrades to the Hartford and Chelsea substations. The public is invited to attend informational sessions to learn more about the project, get questions answered and provide input.

People interested in attending the public meetings should contact Shana Louiselle at or call 802-770-6381. For more information visit