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FEMA Grants Vermont Electric Co-op $2.1 Million For December Storm Recovery

The Vermont Electric Cooperative received a $2.1 million grant from the federal government to help cover costs related to a December 2014 storm that brought down power and telephone lines and left 100,000 without power, some of them for more than a week.

The $2,130,871 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the recovery costs incurred by the Johnson-based coop, which had 13,000 customers without power during the storm.

Dave Hallquist, the CEO of the cooperative, said the money makes a big difference for its members.

“This is great news,” he said in a release. “As a member-owned cooperative, VEC is eligible to apply for FEMA reimbursement of storm costs. Without federal assistance, the burden of cleanup costs would fall much harder on our members.”

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