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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.

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Geothermal Heat Pump federal tax credits reinstated

Federal tax credits for ­geo­thermal heat pumps were recently ­reinstated by the federal ­government. Residential ­consumers are eligible for a 30 ­percent federal tax credit for ­installing a ­geothermal heat pump system in their home. The ­reinstated tax credits are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, meaning that anyone who installed a ­geothermal system in their home in the past 14 months now ­qualifies for the tax credit. The tax credits are extended through Jan. 1, 2022, through a phase out plan in which the credit is reduced to 22 ­percent before ending.

Rudolphi earns recertification of Director Gold credential

Recently President of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative Richard Rudolphi completed a series of ­continuing ­education classes ­recertifying him with Director Gold creden­tial ­status. The Director Gold Credent program ­certification demonstrates ongoing commitment to advancing knowledge and performing fiduciary duty to the best of a director’s ability.

The power behind your power

As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the ­beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While Clay Electric Cooperative strives to provide reliable electricity to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst – co-op lineworkers.