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Avoid a bad decision when your water heater breaks

Save money and help the environment with a replacement energy efficient electric heater!

By Paul Wesslund

If you want to save money on your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas – and other emissions – to help the environment, a good step would be to have a replacement plan for your water heater when it fails.

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting

Regular meeting December 21, 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, and Cooperative Attorney Melanie Pearce. The invocation was given by Richard Rudolphi. 

    Approved the agenda as presented by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose.

    Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held November 22, 2015. 

    Accepted 14 new members for service. 

    Canceled 16 members no longer receiving service.

    Reviewed and Approved work orders in the amount of $169,720.16 for the month of November 2015.

    Accepted the disbursement list for the month of November, 2015.

    Appointed Frank Czyzewski as Voting Delegate and Richard Rudolphi as Alternate for NRECA. 

    Appointed Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as Voting Delegate for NRTC. 

    Appointed Frank Herman as Voting Delegate and Bob Pierson as Alternate for CFC. 

    Appointed Danny Schnepper as Voting Delegate and Richard Rudolphi as Alternate for Federated.

    Reviewed notes from NRECA regarding legislative proposals, and CEO Succession Planning.

    Heard a report by Trustee Logan, as to the recent AIEC Meeting, specifically financials, succession planning in management for several Cooperatives, NRECA International Program,  the status of the Illinois Budget impasse, and the upcoming AIEC Meeting.

    Approved NRECA training for Luke Johnson.

    Informed of information of Board Members needed by AIEC for publication in the AIEC Directory.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to grant program and contractors for Agricultural Energy Audits.

    Heard a report by Trustee Herman concerning the recent SIPC Board meeting specifically financial information, Generation and Energy Resources reports, NERC compliance efforts, and possible billing changes. 

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to an anticipated rate study, as to give more insight as to peak issue.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to various roof repair estimates with various proposed methodologies of repair. 

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to the following;

    Reviewed Form 7/Operations Report.

    Reviewed cash flow report.

    Reviewed SIPC power bill.

    Reviewed power factor.

    Reviewed power cost adder.

    November 2015 Financial Trending Analysis.

    Federated Capital Retirement Statement

    Approved entering into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

    Approved entering into Open Session.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to contact by Jesse James as to building of an electric system for development of James subdivision.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to the recent quarterly meeting of the CECI Safety Committee.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose concerning new Procurement Standards instituted by FEMA.

    Reviewed Policy 100-10 Board of Trustee’s and Employee’s Business ethics. Discussed revising separate policies, one for Trustees, and one for Employees, as the consequences for violations are different. Gen. Mgr. VanHoose will present revised proposed drafts of said policies at the next Regular Meeting.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to the following;

    Informed of new overtime rules, effective in 2017, for salaried employees

    Reviewed “2016 Cooperative Estimated Payroll Premium Rates” – Federated Worker’s Compensation Modification.

    Discussed formal approval for AIEC to grant Access to Federated of Loss History; so Approved.

    Informed of CECI’s employee contribution of presents to various foster kids who did not receive from Angel Tree or Shop With A Cop.

    Discussed CECI Christmas Party.

    Thereafter Approved Managers report as presented.

    Approved one Purchase Power Agreement in the form as presented.

    Approved the retirement of Capital Credits to the estates of two deceased Members, pursuant to Cooperative Policy.

    Reviewed photo of Trustee Croy in local news, 2015 Clay County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

    Adjournment.

Youth to Washington Tour available for juniors

The Clay Electric Co-operative sponsored “Youth to Washington” tour sends students to Springfield, IL, and also to Washington, DC to see firsthand, government in action. 

    The dates for the trips will be: Youth Day in Springfield – April 13, 2016. The Youth to Washington Tour will be June 10-17, 2016.

Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan threaten electric reliability?

Effects on transmission grid being studied—report to be released this year

By Paul Wesslund

Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in August, several objections have been raised – from its effect on the economy to whether it actually has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting

Regular meeting November 22, 2015

Tustees present were: Frank Czyzewski, Bill Croy, Neil Gould, Frank Herman, Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Danny Schnepper and Greg Smith. Also present were Executive Vice President/General Manager Ed VanHoose, and Cooperative Attorney Melanie Pearce. The invocation was given by Bob Pierson. Absent was Richard Rudolphi.

 

Three ways to pay your electric bill each month

We offer credit or debit card payments for your monthly electric bills. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, Discover and American Express for payment of your electric bill. We also have e-check or check by phone. Just by stopping in or calling, we can charge your payment on your credit card. Call 662-2171 or 1-800-582-9012 to arrange for credit card payments. 

 

Investors concerned about EPA plan’s effect on co-ops

The financial industry is keeping a close eye on how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will affect electric co-ops.

The plan, released last year, proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions largely by cutting back on the use of coal to generate electricity. And that, says one of the leading Wall Street investment rating firms, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, “could hit some electric cooperative utilities hardest: As the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association reported, these utilities rely on coal for an average of 70 percent of their energy needs, compared with a national average for all utilities of less than 40 percent.”

The emission reductions are scheduled to begin in the year 2022 and be complete by 2030. Those deadlines could be delayed by lawsuits that have been filed challenging the plan.

On the positive side, co-op leaders and the financial industry agree that cooperatives have shown good decision making that has put them in a strong financial position. They have kept electric rates low but raised them when necessary, and they have taken advantage of the low interest rates of the past several years to lock in low rates for the future.

Be prepared for winter storms

By Abby Berry

When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Winter storm severity varies depending on where you live, but nearly all Americans are affected by extreme winter storms at some point. Clay Electric Co-operative cares about your safety, and we want you to be prepared. 

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting - Regular meeting October 26, 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, Operations Manager Luke Johnson, and Line Clearance employees Eric Moyer, and Layton Molt. The invocation was given by Danny Schnepper

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