Burlington Electric Department

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The Burlington Electric Department (BED) is a municipally-owned electric utility located in Burlington, Vermont.[1] 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.

Generating plants[edit]

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.[2]

The 30-megawatt coal-fired Moran Generating Station, named for Mayor J.E. Moran, was completed in 1954.[2]


The utility was created in 1905, after city officials grew dissatisfied with the investor-owned Burlington Light and Power Company and its pricing.[2]

Moran, a coal-fired plant was closed in the late 20th century. The city has planned to convert it to recreation or museum use.[3]


  1. ^ "Burlington Plans Major Electric Power Upgrade". WCAX. September 7, 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Burlington Electric Department retrieved October 4, 2009
  3. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri (4 October 2009). "City shows off progress at electric plant". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. pp. 1B. 

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