Burlington Electric Department
The Burlington Electric Department (BED) is a municipally-owned electric utility located in Burlington, Vermont. It is the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Vermont. It has over 19,600 customers. It is the only utility providing electricity to the city and the Burlington International Airport, South Burlington.
It operates and owns 50% of a wood-powered electric generating facility. When this was constructed in 1984, it was the world’s largest wood-burning generating plant. It still is one of the largest today.
The 30-megawatt coal-fired Moran Generating Station, named for Mayor J.E. Moran, was completed in 1954.
The utility was created in 1905, after city officials grew dissatisfied with the investor-owned Burlington Light and Power Company and its pricing.
Moran, a coal-fired plant was closed in the late 20th century. The city has planned to convert it to recreation or museum use.