Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Tom Bailey, president of the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors, announced today that George Lague will join the board as an eastern zone director. Lague was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy caused by the death in July of long-time director, Bert Lague. He will serve by appointment until the term expires in May 2012. ‘George brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the VEC Board of Directors,’ said Bailey. ‘He’s a great addition and will play a strong role in setting policy that reflects the interests of co-op members.’ A resident of Derby, Lague has forty years of professional experience in the electric utility industry. As Swanton Village’s manager, he oversaw all municipal operations including the electric department from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer for Citizens Utilities beginning in 1971. Lague has also served as chairman of the board at both the Northeast Public Power Association and the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority. Twenty-eight VEC members applied to be considered for appointment to the twelve member board. In accordance with board policy, applications were reviewed by a sub-committee which then made recommendations to the full board. By majority vote, the board elected to appoint Lague at a regular meeting held on November 29th. ‘The interest in this position was unprecedented,’ commented Bailey. ‘The strong field of candidates is an indication of just how important energy issues are today. We are appreciative that so many VEC members want to play a role in VEC’s future.’ As an eastern zone director, Lague represents VEC members in the towns of Albany, Averill, Averys Gore, Barton, Bloomfield, Brighton, Brownington, Brunswick, Canaan, Charleston, Conventry, Craftsbury, Derby, Ferdinand, Glover, Greensboro, Guildhall, Holland, Irasburg, Jay, Lemington, Lewis, Lowell, Lyndon, Maidstone, Morgan, Newark, Newport City, Newport Town, Norton, Sheffield, Sutton, Troy, Warners Grant, Warren Gore, Westfield, Westmore, and Wheelock. VEC is Vermont’s third largest electric distribution utility serving 34,000 co-op members in 74 towns throughout northern Vermont. Founded as a cooperative, VEC is locally owned by its consumers or members. A national leader in technology and innovation, including the use of automated meters, VEC has been providing energy solutions to Vermonters since 1938.