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02/10/2012

Vermont Electric Power Company Wins NWTF Energy for Wildlife Award

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is the recipient of the 2012 NWTF’s Energy for Wildlife award for the company’s ongoing commitment to develop and improve wildlife habitat.

Jeffrey Disorda, VELCO’s Supervisor of Right of Way Management, accepted the award for the company during the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.

MidwayUSA was the official sponsor of the convention, which was themed, “Hunters: Champions of Conservation.”

VELCO, based in Rutland, Vt., is Corporate Silver Life member of the NWTF and has been a member of the Energy for Wildlife program since 2006.

“VELCO is honored to receive this national award for our work to improve wildlife habitat,” said Disorda. “We take great pride in managing our rights of way to ensure the safe and reliable transmission of electricity in a manner that produces wildlife benefits throughout Vermont.”

VELCO manages their land and rights of way for multiple use and wildlife habitat. The company partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vermont Department of Natural Resources and private landowners to establish and maintain wildlife habitat statewide.

VELCO continues to improve areas along direct current power lines in northeast Vermont for turkeys, woodcock, grouse, moose and other wildlife.

The company works with the NWTF on seed mixes and shrubs to develop wildlife habitat on new rights of way and other areas under construction and provides public access opportunities through current land holdings and land donations to the Vermont Department of Natural Resources.

“By becoming a member of the Energy for Wildlife program, VELCO has set their organization apart from other companies in the energy industry,” said Jay Jordan, NWTF's Energy for Wildlife coordinator. “The company’s leadership is committed to providing safe, reliable, energy for their customers, but also strives to improve habitat for wildlife. Their commitment is evident in the way they support conservation in their operations every day.”

About Energy for Wildlife
Energy for Wildlife is a membership-based certification program for all energy companies with the primary goal of enhancing wildlife habitat on company-managed, -owned or -influenced lands. These lands include power line and gas rights of way, plant sites, woodlands and other properties. Together, the Energy for Wildlife program's member companies manage approximately 3 million acres to benefit wild turkeys and other wildlife nationwide. Any company involved in the production, transmission or distribution of energy is eligible to become a member of the program.

For more information about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF. Find the NWTF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theNWTF.

About Vermont Electric Power Company
Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local utilities joined together to create the nation's first statewide, “transmission only” company to share access to clean hydropower and maintain the state’s transmission grid.

VELCO currently manages a system that includes 732 miles of transmission lines, 13,000 acres of rights of way, 53 substations, equipment that enables interconnected operations with Hydro-Quebec and fiber optic communication networks that monitor and control the electric system and provide the backbone for most Vermonters’ high-speed data Internet access.

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