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NO. R-178.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burlington Electric Department on the centennial anniversary of its commencing electric generation.


Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Cross of Winooski, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Tracy of Burlington, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, at the start of the last century, and in response to the privately owned Burlington Light and Power Company’s high rates, the General Assembly, pursuant to Act No. 213 of 1902, “authorized and empowered” the city of Burlington “to construct an electric light plant for the purpose of lighting the streets, walks, public grounds and public buildings of the city,” and to provide electric power to residential customers on a contractual basis, and

Whereas, in 1903, the city’s electorate approved a $150,000.00 bond issue for the construction of an electric generating plant that commenced operation on April 29, 1905, and

Whereas, the inauguration of the Burlington Electric Department’s (BED’s) plant resulted in a substantial lowering of the city’s public and private electric rates, and

Whereas, after surviving difficult economic circumstances due to the rise in the price of coal during World War I, BED’s finances improved, and in the 1930s, the department began to provide free electric power for municipally owned street lights, and

Whereas, post-World War II power shortages, attributable to the increased electrification of modern life, led Burlington’s voters to approve funding for the coal-fired Moran Generating Station which commenced operations in 1954 and resulted in major consumer savings, and

Whereas, with the projected retirement of the Moran plant, new and more acceptable sources of energy were examined, and, in 1984, the McNeil

Wood-Powered Electric Generating Facility opened in the Intervale, and

Whereas, in the 1990s, Burlington’s voters approved an $11.3-million bond to fund BED’s energy efficiency projects, and

Whereas, as it observes 100 years of electric generation, BED is proud to be Vermont’s largest municipally owned electric utility, and it is committed to utilizing innovative and efficient methods to produce clean and sustainable power for Vermont’s Queen City, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Burlington Electric Department on the centennial anniversary of its commencing electric generation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Burlington Electric Department’s general manager, Barbara Grimes.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont