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Summer is in full swing, and I welcome more opportunities to be outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Summertime brings many of my favorite activities like cooking out with family and friends, afternoons on the water and simply slowing down a bit to enjoy life.

But summer months also make conditions right for dangerous storms. These potential weather events can cause destruction to our electrical system, but I want you to know that Clay Electric Cooperative crews are ready and standing by to respond should power outages occur in our area.

From the Manager June 2021

Clay Electric Co-operative has been working hard to increase the reliability of our system over the last several years. We have seen dividends paid for those efforts with fewer and shorter outage events this year. Our new AMI system has been put to the test and has greatly decreased dispatch time and helped our linemen get to outages with greater speed and accuracy than in the past.

From the Manager May 2021

Summer heat is just around the corner and air conditioners and fans are starting to be switched on. It is a good time to consider how energy efficiency in cooling your home can mean real savings for your wallet.

Technology continues to make living in a more and more digital world workable in ways people would not have thought possible in decades past. With all the new electronic devices that populate our homes nowadays, the average kilowatt usage of residences has stayed steady or even decreased. This can be attributed to a focus on energy efficiency in appliances and lighting over the years. A recent cost analysis by the Consumer Federation of America found that changing to all LED lighting can save the average household around $8.30 a month. 14851-001

It is estimated even greater savings can be had by incorporating technology into the high usage appliances that are part of our daily lives. New and efficient refrigerators, freezers, washers, and driers are big users that can have a big effect on your electric bill. Likely the one big user of kilowatts in your home is the air conditioner. New smart thermostats can provide you with the tools to track and alter your usage to save money while staying comfortable. Having remote access to set your home to ‘away mode’ while you are gone gives you options to change your thermostat from anywhere.

I am sure I am not the only person who has forgotten to change the thermostat before leaving on vacation. Smart thermostats can also be programmed to change during the day, and some will learn what the rhythm of the household is and adjust itself on its own. Almost all smart thermostats will provide you with an energy report through its app that gives you detailed information on how much energy you used to cool your home and how much time the system spent running. With more information at your fingertips, your bill is under your control.

As always, keep a lookout for your member number in the center section of this magazine. There are three member numbers hidden in Clay Electric News. If you find your number and give us a call you win $5 off your next bill!

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES March 22, 2021

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

March 22, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 1 o’clock p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Trustees present were: Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Bill Croy, Neil Gould, Richard Rudolphi, Frank Czyzewski, Frank Herman and Evan Smith.  Also present were: Luke Johnson, CEO, and Tyra Cycholl, attorney for the board. Danny Schnepper was absent. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided and Neil Gould, acted as secretary thereof.

The invocation was given by Kevin Logan and was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following proceedings were had [all action being first duly moved and seconded and all action taken being upon the unanimous vote of the board or without dissenting vote of abstention unless otherwise stated]:

APPROVED, the Suggested Agenda.

APPROVED, the Consent Agenda including the following:

APPROVED, the prior meeting minutes.

APPROVED, (a) to admit to membership those 9 applicants connected for service since the last such review by the board, and (b) cancel those 9 former members shown on the Manager’s Report since the last such review by the Board, said members no longer taking service;

APPROVED, the Work Orders;

APPROVED, the Disbursements;

APPROVED, the Credit Card Statements;

REVIEWED, the Attorney Retainer;

REVIEWED, the Account Summary Report;

REVIEWED, the Federated Report from the Board;

REVIEWED, the CRC Report from the Board.

APPROVED, Frank Herman as the Federated Voting alternate. 4712-002

APPROVED, Bob Pierson as the CRC Alternate Delegate.

APPROVED, Policy 100-5 as presented.

REVIEWED, the NRECA Annual Meeting held virtually.

HEARD, a report by Frank Herman regarding the SIPC Meeting.

REVIEWED and DISCUSSED, the SIPC PCA Adjustment.

HEARD, a report by Kevin Logan regarding the AIEC Meeting.

DISCUSSED, the AIEC Annual Meeting.

WERE REMINDED, the Legislative Conference will be online April 19-23.

AT 1:55 p.m. APPROVED, entering into Executive Session.

AT 2:15 p.m. APPROVED, exiting Executive Session.

ACCEPTED, the resignation of Danny Schnepper as a Director.

HEARD and APPROVED, a financial report by Luke Johnson as to the following:

Monthly Reconciliation;

SIPC Power Delivered in February 2021;

February 2021 Cash Flow;

January-February Line Loss;

February 2021 Form 7;

February 2021 Balance Sheet;

Federated Check;

SEDC Check.

HEARD, a Safety Report for the month.

REVIEWED, the Monday morning Safety meeting held March 15, 2021.

HEARD and APPROVED, the Manager’s report by Luke Johnson on the following topics.

Operations Report;

Communications Report;

Upcoming meetings.

REVIEWED, the Operations Report.

REVIEWED, the Communications Report.

WERE REMINDED, of upcoming meetings on, April 26, 2021, May 24, 2021, June 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the Clay Board Room. CFC Financial Planning Meeting on June 22 and 23.

REVIEWED, a thank you card from Tracy and Neil Gould.

There being no further business to come before the board, said meeting was declared adjourned at 2:55 p.m.

From the Manager

The weather is starting to warm up and with more sun in the sky, the prospect of using some of that energy comes to mind. Clay Electric Co-operative is your trusted energy partner and it’s our business to help you find the best energy solution for your situation. 

Beautify your yard, not utility equipment

Green or grey utility boxes, known as pad-mounted or padmount transformers, are part of the supply chain that helps provide power to your neighborhood. Those boxes sit on an easement, which allows us access to them.

What are the green boxes for? Their job is to step down high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage needed for the underground wires supplying power to the lights and appliances in homes.

Planning a yard project? Don’t just dig in

April is National Safe Digging Month. It reminds us all that as we begin beautifying our yards, we shouldn’t just dig in. According to 811, the “Call Before You Dig” national hotline, an underground utility is damaged every nine minutes because someone didn’t call before digging.

Whether it is a do-it-yourself project or you are hiring a professional, call 811 two to three days prior to starting any digging project to request that all underground utilities be marked. The service is free.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - February 22, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 12:55 o’clock p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Trustees present were: Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Bill Croy, Neil Gould, Richard Rudolphi, Frank Czyzewski, Danny Schnepper and Evan Smith. Also present were: Luke Johnson, CEO and Tyra Cycholl, Attorney for the Board. Frank Herman was present via conference call. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided and Neil Gould, acted as secretary thereof.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - January 25, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 1:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Got the work-from-home blues? A few tips to help keep you sane

If you joined the masses who began working from home after COVID-19 hit the U.S., or even if you worked from a home office prior to its arrival, you know working from home has its challenges.

As CNBC reported, “It used to be that working remotely was a perk. These days it’s about survival.”

Although statistics vary, an estimated 30 million people have lost jobs during the pandemic so far. For those who are fortunate enough to still have a job but now work from home, the days can seem to blend together one into the next.

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