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Clay Electric sends students to Youth Day

Pictured with Senator Dale Righter and Representative David Reis are students Nicholas Miller, Collin Moseley, Madison Harrell, Reis, Righter, Angel Keller, Cali Wilson, and Vivian Duquaine.

State Senator Dale Righter and Representative David Reis met with students representing Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, April 18 in Springfield. More than 210 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. They also were invited into the office of Secretary of State Jesse White.

During lunch, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti addressed students and chaperones. Sanguinetti ­discussed her humble beginnings and being encouraged to not allow her background to limit her future. With her passion for volunteerism in local communities, she challenged students, “you never know where life may take you. Volunteer, make a difference. If not you, then who?” Illinois State Fair Manager Luke Sailer, a former Illinois Youth Leadership Council representative, challenged the students to take an interest in the political process and stressed how important their voices and actions are. He encouraged them to “take a leap of faith and work hard, and doors will open for you and your future.”

Faye Yang, the 2017-18 Illinois Youth Leadership Council Representative from Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative, spoke about her experiences on the Youth to Washington tour and challenged ­attendees to maintain an interest in their cooperatives and the political process. After lunch, the students also visited the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural ­leaders to state government. There were 24 co-ops from across the state represented at the event.

How Americans Use Electricity

Change Habits to Beat the Peak

You can beat the peak (and save money!) by decreasing your power use when energy demand and prices are at their highest. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Laundry for Less:

Full loads mean fewer cycles, and washers and dryers run in the late evenings add less heat and humidity to the home . Energy can cost less outside of peak hours.

Cool Off/Calm Down:

Turn off unnecessary lighting and electronics that generate heat, resist the urge to turn down the thermostat and remember, lower fan settings use less energy.

Intramural Competition:

Online gaming with each active player using their own computer, display , gaming console and internet connection gets pricey . Play each other at home on one screen and save.

Countertop Convenience:

Range or oven cooking can really warm up a kitchen. Microwaves, convection ovens, induction cooktops, Crock-Pot ® and toaster ovens put more cooking heat where you need it.

Clay Electric Co-operative reminds members to plug into safety

In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and Clay Electric Co-operative (CECI), a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers in the home.

    In 2016, 475,500 structure fires (including residential fires) were reported in the U.S., causing 2,950 deaths, 12,775 injuries and $7.9 billion in property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a residential fire was reported every 90 seconds. Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used.

    “It is critical that the public understands their home’s electrical system and the safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their homes,” explains Luke Johnson, CECI operations manager. “With newer technologies, such as solar panels, electric vehicles and more electrical gadgets in the home, people need to ensure they have an electrical system that’s compatible with the increased load.”

    To raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety, CECI presents a “LIVE LINE” Safety Demo, which has been presented to area schools, community events, fire departments and first responders.

    Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future. Together, let’s plug into safety this May.

Bible Grove line rebuilt

Recently Clay Electric Co-operative (CECI) rebuilt the three-phase line that delivers electricity to the Bible Grove area. As a result of this project, we will be able to depend more on the line to deliver power safely and efficiently. When the need arises, and CECI must take a substation offline for maintenance, we will be able to do so more effectively. 

    These types of projects are considered in our annual work plan that staff and CECI Engineering company plan for years in advance and are considered in the annual budget.

MyPI Training

At the request of the Illinois Extension Office, Clay Electric Co-operative participated in electrical safety training to students of first responder training recently held at Washington School in Flora. 

    The training is titled MyPI, which is the Illinois Youth Preparedness Initiative. Luke Johnson presented to the class the dangers of getting too close to downed power lines. When an accident occurs, or a storm comes through the area and takes down power lines, stay away from them. You never know if the lines are energized or not.

    Clay Electric crews have a monitoring device that they keep in their pocket when out working in storm damage that will detect when voltage is present. If you observe an accident or a fallen tree, look around and make sure there are not any electric lines present before rendering help to someone. Don’t become a victim yourself. Wait on trained personnel to arrive to make sure the area is ok to enter.

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting Regular meeting January 2, 2018

The regular monthly ­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, January 2, 2018.

Rate increase for 2018

As was reported at the 2017 Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. Annual Meeting of Members, there was an increase in rates beginning on January 1, 2018. This increase was reflected on your February billing. The rate increase was not the 4 percent expected, as announced at the Annual Meeting. Instead, the monthly minimum, fixed charge increased $1.50, and the kilowatt hour (kWh) rates increased 1.5 percent.

Finding a new way to serve An Army veteran discovers a ‘perfect fit’ at Clay Electric

The following article appeared on the website of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in December 2017. Carrie Goldstein began her employment at Clay Electric Co-operative in April, 2017 as our ­bookkeeper. She is a valuable asset to our organization.

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting Regular meeting January 29, 2018

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, 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, January 29, 2018.