April 25 – Organizational Meeting – Directors elected were H. O. Melby, R. M. Grimsrud of Westby, Melvin E. Olson, C. V. Gorman, Otto G. Henry and Nick Dorschied of Viroqua, Ray Clark of Cashton, A. J. Ristow of Genoa and J. M. Hora of Hillsboro.
June – Office space rented in Westby-Coon Valley Bank Building (NW corner of Main St. & State St. ) – After first loan application approval by REA construction of lines was begun.
July 6 – N. F. Leifer hired as Project Superintendent and Manager.
January 21 – Martin Schye, H. R. Vergeroot and Trygve Ostrem farms are the first to be connected to newly built energized power lines southwest of Westby.
First Home Economist in Wisconsin working for cooperative hired.
Farm Wiring Advisor hired.
Two-way base to truck radio communication started.
December 7 – New Westby Headquarters building dedicated.
N.F. Leifer and his wife, President H.O. Melby and Treasurer E.T. Smith killed in traffic accident enroute home from the NRECA Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.
Earl Jaeger hired as Manager.
Garage/Warehouse building built for Hillsboro Service Area on the intersection of Hwy 82 & 33.
First primary high voltage lines placed underground.
May – Readstown Public Electric Utility purchased.
July 1 – Merle Holden hired as Manager.
Major flooding of the Mississippi puts many meters under water.
July 27 – Worst windstorm in VEC history knocks power out from Stoddard to Cashton. Linemen work for 4 ½ days to restore everyone’s power.
Mike McMahon hired as Manager to replace the retiring Merle Holden.
The Mississippi River reaches 16.41 feet at La Crosse causing damage and outages along the river.
Installation of automated meter reading (AMR) begins and was completed in 2005.
August 18-19 & 21-24. Some of the worst flooding ever seen in service area. New record for August rainfall. Widespread outages, some lasting up to 3 ½ days due to wind, flooding, lightning, down trees, washed out underground lines. Restoration efforts hampered by washed out roads, down trees & flooding. Crews from Riverland Energy, Adams-Columbia, Oakdale, Scenic Rivers and Richland Electric Cooperatives aided in the recovery.
June 26th Vernon Electric Closes the doors at their Main St. office and out-buildings in Westby and moves to its new headquarters at the intersection of Hwy. 27 and Saugstad Rd.
Mike McMahon retires as General Manager on May 17th and is replaced by Joe McDonald on June 1st.
March 3 - SmartHub application introduced to allow members online access to their account using a computer, mobile tablet or smart phone.
June 1 - First Community Solar project completed in Wisconsin energized at VEC's headquarters. 1,001 panels owned by 113 members rated at 305 KW output at full capacity.
Installation of LED (Light Emitting Diode) yard lights begins as replacements to the higher wattage high-pressure sodium yard lights. The LEDs use approximately 50% less energy, emit the same amount of light, and have a longer life span.
August 28 - Sept. 5, rain storms created record flooding. Approximately 50 poles wiped-out in the Timber and Spring Coulee areas. Outages throughout the service area. Response slowed by flooded and eroded roads. Some members out for three days. Kickapoo River reaches new record levels.
Craig Buros promoted from Operations & Engineering Director to General Manager & CEO, replacing retiring Joe McDonald.
March 18, 2020
Vernon Electric makes the unprecedented move to close its lobby indefinitely to help prevent the spread of the virus COVID-19. The pandemic and health emergency also forced a change of plans for the Annual Meeting scheduled for March 21 to prevent the gathering of a large group of people in one place.
On June 2, 2021 our lobby re-opens and all employees return to the office building following CDC and OSHA guidelines. Both the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Annual Meetings were held virtually.
Stats in ten-year increments
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