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Dustin Tripp

Weather Effects

Like many of you, I’m certainly glad to see Spring finally arrive although the El Nino effect caused the winter months of November, December of 2015 and January, February of 2016 to be one of the most mild winters in Southern Illinois over the past 32 years of record.  This mild winter weather resulted in most residential services consuming less energy resulting in lower electric bills.  I would like to take this opportunity to help explain why many residential and business services experienced lower than average energy consumption and subsequent lower electric bills this past winter compared to other winters.

Utilities consistently monitor temperatures to help determine the necessary demand for energy and heating degree days is an index that quantifies the demand for energy needed to heat a specific structure, such as a home or business, during the winter months.  A similar index, cooling degree days, is used to help determine the demand for energy to cool a structure in the summer.



JULY 18, 2016

Dear Cooperative Member,

I am pleased to announce that the new Cooperative headquarter facility will be complete in July 2016 at which time the Cooperative will be moving from the existing Eldorado location to our new location south of Route 13, six miles west of Harrisburg.  Our office at the Eldorado location will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th and will re-open at our new headquarter location at 100 Cooperative Way, Carrier Mills on Monday, July 18th at 8:00 a.m.

An open house will be planned later this year for members to come and view the new facility.  We will inform members of the date and time of the open house in the manager’s article of the Illinois Country Living Magazine.

We are excited to serve you at our new location and we look forward to providing you, as Cooperative members, with quality, affordable service for many years to come.



Dustin Tripp

Dustin Tripp


Your Cooperative has been informing members of proposed rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could potentially have a significant impact on your cooperative in the future.  Your Cooperative also provided members with an opportunity to express their comments and concerns about the proposed rules and approximately 10,000 members responded.  In this article, I would like to provide a brief history of the new rules and update members regarding the status of litigation surrounding these new rules.

On August 3rd, 2015, the U.S. EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which consisted of over 1,500 pages aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing and new power generation facilities.  The final rule calls for a 32% national average reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.  The final rule is significantly different than the proposed rule and is much more stringent for Illinois than the proposed rule.  The final rule calls for a 44% reduction in Illinois greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.  This is a very complex rule and is one of the most aggressive and controversial regulations in our nation’s history.

Dustin Tripp

Vegatation Management

One of the many advantages of living in Southern Illinois is the beauty of this area including the Shawnee National Forrest and the great variety of trees and vegetation that grow throughout the region.  Although your Cooperative realizes the significance of this important natural resource and are advocates for retaining as many local trees as possible, we must implement a sound vegetation management program to ensure you with reliable energy solutions.

SouthEastern’s current vegetation management program sets the goal of trimming on a four to five-year cycle.  This means that what is trimmed or cut today will be trimmed again in four to five years.  Your Cooperative feels that if this goal can be achieved, you as Cooperative members will experience less momentary blinks, less outages and faster restoration times which will increase the quality and reliability of your electric service.  Over the past few years, your Cooperative has experienced extreme storms resulting in devastating damages which reminds all of us of the importance of a sound vegetation management program.

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.

Dustin Tripp

Capital Credits Retirement Checks

As the electric utility industry continues to evolve, face continual change and explore different ways to serve customers, we can all be proud that we are part of the electric cooperative program.  Electric cooperatives have a very unique business model that has proven to benefit cooperative members and has stood the test of time for over 77 years.

The most profound and distinct difference between electric cooperatives and other utility business structures is that electric cooperatives are not-for-profit organizations that are member-owned and member-controlled. As a not-for-profit organization, your Cooperative does not strive to produce profits for shareholders and investors but must maintain a sound financial position for the membership. Your Cooperative sets the electric rates high enough to cover the costs of providing service and at the end of the year, any funds that were collected above the cost of service are allocated to you, our members, in the form of capital credits.