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This May, take the time to plug into safety

This month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety. May is Electrical Safety Month, and Clay Electric Cooperative would like to share safety tips and reminders to help raise ­awareness about the dangers of electricity. We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but ­accidents can happen when elec­tricity is improperly used.

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting Regular meeting March 6, 2017

1. 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 1:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017.

New executive order calls for review of the Clean Power Plan

Throughout the 2016 ­campaign, Donald Trump pledged to review burdensome federal ­regulations when he became president. On March 28, President Trump took an important step to follow through on that commitment by signing an executive order to promote energy independence. The order also calls for review of the Clean Power Plan.

Have a successful planting season rooted in safety

As farmers make plans to return to their fields for spring ­planting, Clay Electric Cooperative and the Safe Electricity program ( urge them to be particularly alert to the dangers of working near overhead power lines. Operating large equipment near these lines is one of the often overlooked, yet potentially deadly, hazards of working on a farm.

Democracy lives locally

Active participation and engagement are critical for co-op success

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting Regular meeting January 23, 2017

Trustees present were: Bill Croy, Frank Czyzewski, Neil Gould, Frank Herman, Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Richard Rudolphi, Danny Schnepper and Greg Smith. Also present were Executive Vice President/General Manager Ed VanHoose, Operations Mgr. Luke Johnson, and Don Gulley So. IL Power Cooperative (SIPC) CEO. The invocation was given by Greg Smith.

Lives on the line

Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Seven lineworkers, maintain 918 miles of line in Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.

A solid investment in your electric co-op

    As a member of Clay Electric Co-operative, you make an investment in the co-op every time you pay your bill. This collective investment in the co-op benefits you and the community immediately and over time. So what exactly is this monthly investment, and how do you benefit from it?

Capital Credits Refund!

In order to process refunds for capital credit accounts, Clay Electric Cooperative is attempting to contact members, or their heirs, that received electric service during the years 1958 – 1961.

Why are my rates so high?

To better understand the rate structures of Clay Electric, you must first understand the structure of the cooperative. Your electric cooperative has 918 miles of line on its system, serving parts of Clay, Richland, Wayne, Marion, Fayette, Effingham, and Jasper counties. There are 2,508 members that have 3,233 electric meters on the entire system. That calculates out to 3.5 meters, or 2.7 Members per mile of line. That makes CECI the smallest cooperative in the state. As far as the nation, co-ops average 7.4 meters per mile of line.