Why Our Work is Important

As the grid operator in Vermont, VELCO’s core work is to manage the safe, reliable, cost-effective transmission of electric power throughout Vermont and as part of the integrated New England regional network. That work requires us to maintain our existing system including our facilities and more than 13,000 acres of right-of-way; to plan for the future needs of Vermont and New England electric customers; and to construct upgrades when needed for system reliability or growth. In addition, we constantly seek ways that innovative solutions and technology can make us more effective and more efficient at being a trusted partner in grid solutions.  

VELCO workers gather near power station at sunrise

VELCO is committed to the health and safety of our employees and the public. The company strives for a culture where safety is the number one priority.

Our Work Projects

VELCO’s responsibility is to manage the safe, reliable, and cost-effective delivery of electric power through Vermont’s transmission system. That job includes planning and constructing upgrades needed to meet system reliability, maintaining the electric grid and related facilities, and doing our part to help Vermont and New England achieve their decarbonization goals. 

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Land Management

VELCO's Real Estate and Right-of-Way Department manages more than 13,000 acres of right-of-way, acquires property and easements as necessary for transmission projects, and protects VELCO’s real property investments and deeded rights to ensure public and employee safety, and electric system reliability. 

Tina and Arianne looking at drawings in VELCO library

VELCO transmission planners continually evaluate the performance of the electric transmission network by comprehensively analyzing how various factors, such as Vermont and regional demand, proposed new generation and growth, will affect system reliability and operation. The planning process is continuous and is guided by both the state and regional requirements and coordination.

Quick Links

Make a landowner request for conditional right-of-way use approval.

Learn more about trees and shrubs that are compatible with utility lines.

The management of trees and vegetation on VELCO’s rights-of-way is one of our most important jobs. Learn more about VELCO’s recognized program for land stewardship

VELCO publishes the Vermont Long-Range Transmission Plan every three years. Learn more about the planning process and read the plan.

The VSPC is a statewide stakeholder process designed to ensure full, fair, and timely consideration of all options to solve grid reliability issues.

Hourly electricity consumption varies throughout the day and across seasons. VELCO’s load graph updates Vermont’s load every 15 minutes.