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There is a Cooperative Difference

In the U.S., the vast majority of people receive their electricity from one of three types of utilities; investor-owned, municipal-owned or through their electric cooperative, which is owned and controlled by the people who use it. Let’s take a closer look at these three types of ownership models and see why it matters to you.

    In the investor-owned model, the corporation is owned by a great number of stockholders who may or may not be real customers of the utility. Investor-owned utilities tend to be very large corporations such as Ameren, Entergy, Com Edison or Excel. They serve large cities, suburban areas and some rural areas, too.

Appleknocker Festival

On September 26, the Flora Academic Foundation held an educational festival called “Appleknocker” on the grounds of the Flora Schools. The event, held the last Saturday of each September, was well attended by children as well as adults. 

Clay Electric Co-operative participated at the recent festival. Clay Electric linemen manned the simulated “Pole Climb,” and helped the kids put on a climbing belt, hardhat, and lineman’s gloves, and climb onto the pole, while parents took their pictures. 

We were glad to participate in the event and hope the children enjoyed it. 

Ten 2016 IEC Memorial Scholarships available

Clay Electric Co-operative Executive V.P. / General Manager Ed VanHoose has announced that the Illinois electric cooperatives will again in 2016 award nine academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.” In addition, a tenth scholarship – to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school – will also be offered.

 

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting

Regular meeting August 31, 2015

Trustees present were: Frank Czyzewski, Bill Croy, 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, Cooperative Attorney Melanie Pearce, Member Services Director Doug Hockman, and Youth Day/Youth Tour Participants Lexi Harrison and Parker Moses. The invocation was given by Neil Gould.

Kevin Logan of Edgewood elected Chairman of AIEC Board of Directors

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) held its annual meeting July 30 – 31, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. During the Board of Directors reorganizational meeting, Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc.

Shield your home from energy loss with adequate insulation

Walls. Floors. Ceilings. Attic. These are some of the prime areas of a home that need insulation in order for you to maximize energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), adding insulation to your home is a sound investment that is likely to quickly pay for itself in reduced utility bills.

Clay Electric Co-operative celebrates National Cooperative Month

October is National Cooperative Month, and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) – and all co-ops across the U.S. – are celebrating the benefits and values that cooperatives bring to their members and communities.

While co-ops operate in many industries and sectors of the economy, seven cooperative principles set us apart from other businesses: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member’s economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. 

“Today, people prefer options and alternatives to ‘big box’ businesses,” says Executive V.P./General Manager Ed VanHoose “The co-op business model is unique and rooted in our local communities. Co-ops help us build a more participatory, sustainable, and resilient economy.”    

CECI is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which includes more than 47,000 cooperative businesses.  

Electric co-ops provide power for many Illinoisans, with 24 electric distribution co-ops serving more than 294,000 homes and businesses.

CECI is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states.

Clay Electric Co-operative Holds 71st Annual Meeting of Members

FLORA – During their 71st Annual Meeting of Members, Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. members re-elected three area men to the board of directors and learned about the organization’s plans to return capital credits to members, a new discount card for members called the Co-op Connections Card and how new EPA regulations could impact the cost of electricity

From the Manager September 2015

It sure has been busy lately here at Clay Electric, so this month I want to take the opportunity to update you on some of the happenings here at your cooperative. Your cooperative is nearing completion of a major line rebuild in an ongoing effort to provide more reliable service. We strive every year to complete some of the necessary improvements and/or upgrades to the system, and this year the linemen sure have been busy.

2015 Appleknocker: Arts & Science Festival

LAST SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER

9-26-15

9:45 – 4:00

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