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Understanding energy demand and purchasing

You may not think you need to understand energy demand and purchasing, but do you ever look at your energy bill and wonder what it all means? If your answer to that question is “yes,” then you might be interested to learn how demand impacts your utility bill.

Czyzewski earns Director Gold Credential

Recently Frank Czyzewski, Trustee of Clay Electric Cooperative, completed a series of ­continuing ­education classes ­earning him Director Gold Credential. This ­credential has been created to recognize ­directors committed to ­continuing their ­education beyond the first two levels, the Credentialed Cooperative Director and the Board Leadership Certification. The Director Gold Program Certification demonstrates their ongoing commitment to advancing their knowledge and performing their fiduciary duty to the best of their ability.

From the Manager

Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI), is a member-owned, member-governed cooperative. When the co-op was founded back in 1942, members of the community knew that we are a locally-owned business – likely because they or someone they knew played a part in helping found the cooperative. Over time, as the novelty of ­receiving electricity waned, the founders passed on and new people moved into the community, viewing the electric co-op like any other energy provider.

Youth to Washington Tour

Millie Beland of Flora, Lily Burkett of Flora, Madison Healy of Mason and Lucas Rauch of Ingraham represented Clay Electric Co-operative in Washington, D.C. during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 9-16. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduc­tion to our democratic form of govern­ment and ­cooperatives for rural youth. Luke Johnson, ­operations manager at Clay Electric, and his wife Jeana were chaperones on the trip.

From the Manager

It’s that time of year again. The hottest month of the year is upon us. Kids are going back to school. And, Clay Electric (CECI) is ­having its 73rd annual meeting.

Pole Attachments

Believe it or not, there are still instances where our linemen must climb poles rather than use a bucket truck. Please consider our linemen’s safety the next time you get ready to attach something to our electric poles. We see satellite dishes, metal yard sale and other signs, electric fence insulators, and even livestock gates. Satellite companies know that they should not attach dishes or antennas on the poles, but it is easier to do that than set their own pole. If an instance arises where one of our linemen must climb a pole with one of these obstructions in place, they will remove the obstruction without warning. So please, keep the utility poles for utility purposes only. That way, we can all stay safe. v

The path to efficiency independence

While fireworks and Independence Day parades are synonymous with the Fourth of July, no such fanfare comes to mind when discussing energy efficiency. Perhaps it should. If you think about it, energy efficiency not only benefits individuals and families, but the country as a whole. Energy efficiency combined with energy conservation and advances in technology in the utility industry, ultimately help our country on a path toward greater energy independence. And that’s worth celebrating.

Youth to Washington Tour

Millie Beland of Flora, Lily Burkett of Flora, Madison Healy of Mason and Lucas Rauch of Ingraham represented Clay Electric Co-operative in Washington, D.C., during the annual "Youth to Washington" Tour, June 9-16. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth. Luke Johnson, operations manager at Clay Electric, and his wife Jeana were chaperones on the trip.

From the Manager

Clay Electric is seeing more and more members inquiring about solar generation. Some have even already purchased systems. While we encourage our members to look for renewable energy sources, we also caution them to get informed before making any immediate decisions.

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting Regular meeting May 1, 2017

The regular February meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the principal office of the Cooperative, R.F.D., in Flora, Illinois beginning at 7:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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