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The Checkup: 2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont

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With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.

The numbers

According to the Vermont Department of Health, two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Vermont over the past day, raising the total to 983. Both of the new cases were reported in Chittenden County.

In Bennington County, the total stands at 63 cases.

No Vermonters have died of the disease since May 28, leaving the total number of deaths at 55.

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So far, 33,970 tests have been administered.

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Thirty-two people are being monitored, and 894 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department said the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 stands at 880.

GMP files request to hold base rates steady

Green Mountain Power customers would see no base rate increase if regulators approve the company's request to hold them flat for the new rate year beginning on Oct. 1, 2020. GMP filed its request with the Public Utility Commission Monday afternoon, which must approve rates before they go into effect.

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The company is also requesting a change in how quarterly adjustors are handled to provide stability and a smoother approach for customers, especially during these uncertain times. The adjustors are line items that cover costs largely out of GMP's control, like power restoration following major storms, and power supply, and costs that can be affected by the economy and the weather.

GMP's proposal spreads out these cost changes to lessen the financial impact on customers each month. As part of its Multi-Year Regulation Plan approved by the PUC in 2019 after robust review, GMP has already capped the vast majority of its spending it can control through 2022.

"Our goal is to help all customers through this extraordinary time every way we can, and continuing rate stability and predictability is an important step we can take," Mari McClure, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power. said in a media release. "We know there are and will continue to be rising costs due to COVID-19. We are focused on maintaining as much stability for customers as we can while providing reliable, cost-effective, clean power to Vermont for the long run, because we want to help our customers through this difficult time," she said.

More information on the filings, and GMP's current regulation plan can be found at the PUC's website: http://puc.vermont.gov/epuc-information/case-and-document-search. Regulators will now review this request.


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