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President, power industry leaders plan ways to restore electricity

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

A Vermont power executive is back from a problem-solving session with President Barack Obama.

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell was in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with the president and representatives of the Energy Department. Powell was part of a large group of power leaders brought together to look at how the public and private sector can work together to restore service following natural disasters like Tropical Storm Irene.

"We're really interconnected with a number of key players and if we plan together, we prepare together and we execute together, we're going to get customers back on a lot quicker," Powell said.

Powell says finding opportunities to reduce red tape was a common theme at the meeting. She says the group is working on ways to get crews and supplies across state lines and Canada more easily following major storms.

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