VTDigger.org: Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity chooses public members of VELCO board

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The Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity’s (VLITE) seven-member board announced today that it had chosen three individuals to sit on the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) board.

When the utilities Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service merged earlier this year, part of the agreement with the state was the creation of VLITE, a nonprofit public benefit corporation. VLITE’s primary function is to choose three directors to sit on the VELCO board and decide how to use dividends from its 38 percent ownership of VELCO stock to create projects that align with the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan.

The VLITE board chose Michael Dworkin of Montpelier, Theresa Alberghini DiPalma of Burlington and Cort Richardson of East Montpelier to sit on the 10-member VELCo board. They are tasked with representing the public’s interest on the board, which oversees the maintenance of Vermont’s transmission grid.

Who are they?

Dworkin founded Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, and he is the former chair of the Vermont Public Service Board, a quasi-judicial body that oversees state utilities.

Theresa Alberghini DiPalma is Fletcher Allen Health Care’s senior vice president of marketing and external relations, and she currently chairs the United Way of Chittenden County.

Cort Richardson works for the Council of State Governments as the director of the Northeast High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Project. Previously, he guided the Vermont Public Interest Research Group as its director and served as a trustee for the Washington Electric Cooperative.

These applicants were chosen from a poll of more than 50 applicants. One of those individuals was Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. She was hoping to represent the southern part of the state with her Ph.D. in economics.

In a statement issued to VTDigger, she wrote:”I am disappointed not to have the opportunity to serve on the VELCO Board. I had hoped that as an economist I would have been able to work towards management of the electrical transmission system that puts the interests of Vermonters above the interests of the utilities. I hope that those who were appointed are more qualified to do this than I am and that they do not come from the usual group of politically connected Burlington and Montpelier insiders.”

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