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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

Youth to Washington Tour available for juniors

The Clay Electric Co-operative sponsored “Youth to Washington” tour sends students to Springfield, Ill., and also to Washington, DC to see firsthand, government in action. Students will travel with other students from the area and the state of Illinois on both trips. 

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.

The nine academic scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded in 2016 through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program.

Five scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric cooperative member receiving service from the cooperative. A sixth scholarship, the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director. Three additional scholarships are reserved for students enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college who are the sons or daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, employees or directors.

The tenth annual $2,000 scholarship, the “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship,” was created in 2011 to help pay for costs to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), Springfield, Ill. LaVern McEntire served as a lineman for McDonough Power Electric Cooperative from 1949 until 1991. He and his wife, Nola, endowed the scholarship to financially assist deserving individuals in becoming trained lineworkers. Sons and daughters of co-op members; relatives of co-op employees or directors; individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guard; and individuals participating in the LLCC lineworker’s program are all eligible for the lineworker’s scholarship.  

“We hope to assist electric cooperative youth while honoring past rural electric leaders with these scholarships,” says Gen. Mgr. VanHoose. “Clay Electric and the other Illinois electric cooperatives are always seeking ways to make a difference in our communities. One of the best ways we can do that is by helping our youth through programs like this one. In addition, we are very pleased to offer the electric lineworker’s scholarship. It will benefit not only electric cooperative youth but also those fine men and women who have served their country through their military service and may now be wanting to become a trained lineworker.”

Clay Electric has been fortunate to have had 3 winners of these scholarships. Those winners include 2011 Morgan Healy North Clay H.S, 2010 Kate Henderson Flora H.S., and 2009 Kaylee McCollum North Clay H.S.

For more information regarding the scholarships, check out the Clay Electric website at www.ceci.coop  All necessary paperwork has also been sent to area high school guidance counselors and is also available for download at the cooperative’s website www.ceci.coop or at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s website www.aiec.coop. For any questions please call Member Services Director Doug Hockman at Clay Electric Cooperative at 662-2171, or toll free 1-800-582-9012.

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