VEC Unveils Construction Work Plan

In an era of rapid technological advancements and an ever-growing demand for electricity, the need for a strong electric system cannot be overstated. Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC) is stepping up to the challenge, showcasing commitment to sustainable growth and reliability with the unveiling of the Construction Work Plan (CWP). This strategic plan, carefully devised by VEC’s management team, promises to strengthen VEC’s electric system against the surging demands of the next two decades.

The CWP, comprised of both short and long-term components, is set to play a key role in ensuring the resilience and efficiency of VEC’s electric grid. As Volunteer Energy Cooperative President and CEO, Dion Cooper, affirms, “Our team used engineering modeling software, based on Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of the VEC system, to evaluate the current loading of our system as well as projected loading for a twenty-year period.”

The CWP comprises a five-year plan to address immediate challenges and a far-reaching twenty-year component that anticipates future needs. By employing engineering modeling software and leveraging GIS mapping technology, VEC aims to attain a comprehensive understanding of the electric system’s current state and its projected evolution.

“This plan is not just about today; it’s about anticipating and preparing for the needs of tomorrow,” Cooper emphasizes. The use of GIS mapping allows VEC’s engineers to create a spatial representation of the electric system, offering a detailed and accurate view of its current state. This foundation is crucial for assessing the system’s ability to handle the increasing load over the coming decades.

The GIS mapping, coupled with engineering modeling software, enables VEC to apply load forecasts for each year and evaluate the system’s response to this growth. By factoring in existing electric system models and applying engineering criteria to simulate future scenarios, VEC’s engineers gain insights into how the electric system will adapt to the anticipated load growth.

The careful planning of the CWP not only reflects VEC’s commitment to meeting current demands but also emphasizes the forward-thinking approach to emerging challenges. “We are not merely reacting to the increasing load on our electric system; we are proactively shaping its future,” says Cooper.

As VEC’s Construction Work Plan takes center stage, it is evident that the cooperative is not merely supplying power; we are working toward a future where electricity is not just a service but a cornerstone of sustainable and intelligent infrastructure.