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From the Manager - April 2020

April 13 is Lineworker Appreciation Day. Clay Electric Co-operative is blessed to have some of the most exceptional men working for us that I've had the privilege of knowing. I worked hand in hand with our crews in my career and know firsthand just how much our linemen believe in the cooperative model. Our crews willingly give up time with their families and loved ones to answer the call when our members are out of power. I would like to thank all our linemen and clearance crews for their dedication to our members. I encourage all our members to take a moment to thank a lineman as well.

With the warming weather, we are entering the storm season. We want to remind all our members to be mindful of severe storms in the coming months and how you should react to storm damage. Avoid downed lines and poles and never assume a line is dead. If you experience an outage, call us to let us know your situation. If you have trouble getting through to our call-out center during a major storm event, just remember there is a large call volume and they can only handle so much. You can follow us on Facebook to get updated on storm and outage information in our service area.

We talk a lot about solar and other renewable energy options available to our members. It’s a new and exciting area of technological advancement and Illinois is a leader in its implementation. We want to help our membership understand what is available and how it may affect them. It is important for our members to know that any solar installation must be owned by the member. Please call or stop by if you have any questions about what kind of builds work in our area. We encourage any of our members interested in a solar build, or information on ways to improve their home’s efficiency to lower cost, to contact us before starting any building project. With so many moving parts, it’s always best to make sure you understand the full impact and potential pitfalls of any major construction project.

As you flip through your newsletter, keep your eyes peeled for your member number. 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!