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From the Manager - February 2021

As the winter continues, we want our members to keep safety in mind. Our crews wrestle high voltage lines and the weather whenever they roll out to restore power in an ice storm. It is dangerous work. We can all do our part to mitigate the risks by moving over and slowing down when we see a utility crew working, especially in poor conditions.

Our crews will be busy this year on more than storm restoration. Our construction crew will be focused on rebuilding line in the Bible Grove and Oskaloosa areas in 2021. They will also be inspecting and changing out poles in the Xenia area. Our servicemen will be working on upgrades to our substations that will increase Clay Electric’s technological capabilities and provide additional security. Our forestry crew will be focusing on the Iola area in addition to maintaining right-of-way and mowing down hotspots over the entire system.

Inside, our office staff will be training and implementing new technology to better serve you. The AMI system that will be completed this summer will allow us to monitor voltages and receive instantaneous alarms in high or low voltage situations. Outages will also be reported to the office in real time which will allow us to deploy crews more quickly and help eliminate instances where outages appear to be restored but a home farther down the line is still out of power. The AMI system will allow us to set alarms to alert us when our members who also receive service from Clay County Water have high water usage. This will help us find leaks earlier and alert members to high usage before the monthly reads are performed.

Your cooperative is moving forward into the digital age to better serve you. 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!