January 2016

Dustin Tripp


As you read this article, I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  As we begin the New Year, I would like to take this time to briefly reflect on the year 2015 and summarize your Cooperative's plans for the year 2016.

At the time this article is being written, the Cooperative expects to end the year 2015 by delivering 1.08 billion kilowatt-hours to all of you as Cooperative members.  Residential energy consumption decreased by approximately 2.4% in 2015.  The majority of this decrease can be attributed to more normal temperatures experienced in the winter months of 2015 as compared to the colder than average temperatures experienced in 2014 due to the Polar Vortex.  In addition, the temperatures experienced in the summer months of 2015 were also slightly milder than average. Large commercial energy consumption increased 10.1% in 2015 which is primarily attributed to the growth in coal mine operations in the Cooperative’s service area.

In 2015, the Cooperative continued to make significant investments in the vegetation management program.  In fact, the Cooperative completed trimming and clearing of vegetation in the Vienna, Dixon Springs, Ewing, Cave-In-Rock, Golconda South, Golconda North and Christopher substations.  As we have certainly experienced in the past with major storms, a sound vegetation management program is crucial to your Cooperative's ability to reduce risks and outages associated with major weather events and to maintain a reliable electric supply for members.

In summary, the Cooperative expects to end the year 2015 in sound financial condition and returned $1.04 million in capital credits in December 2015 to you as Cooperative members.  This means the Cooperative has returned and paid over $8 million in capital credits to Cooperative members over the past six years.

In July of 2015, the Cooperative began construction of the new headquarters facility located alongRoute 13 just 6 miles west of Harrisburg in Saline County.  The construction of the new facility is progressing very well and the schedule currently indicates the Cooperative should be ready to move in to the new facility in July 2016.  Your Cooperative is very excited about the new headquarters facility and how it will improve and provide better member access, privacy and security as well as assist your Cooperative in continuing to provide safe, reliable and affordable electric service to Cooperative members now and for many decades to come.

In 2016, your Cooperative will continue to make the necessary investments in the distribution facilities that serve your energy by rebuilding aging infrastructure, replacing degraded poles and performing other maintenance activities including pole testing, regulator maintenance, breaker maintenance and sectionalizing in order to help ensure a safe and reliable electric supply.  The Cooperative will also continue to make significant investments in the vegetation management program in 2016.  In fact, the Cooperative will be performing trimming and clearing of vegetation in the Walpole, Webb, Equality, Rosiclare, Bradley and Elizabethtown substations. 

In 2015, your Cooperative remains committed to finding new and better ways to serve its members. Your Cooperative will continue to work diligently to improve and enhance the level of service and reliability that you receive. 


See you next month and as always, "We'll keep the lights on for you."