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From the Manager June 2021

Clay Electric Co-operative has been working hard to increase the reliability of our system over the last several years. We have seen dividends paid for those efforts with fewer and shorter outage events this year. Our new AMI system has been put to the test and has greatly decreased dispatch time and helped our linemen get to outages with greater speed and accuracy than in the past.

Our efforts to increase the reliability of the system continue this year as well. Our construction crews are working on upgrading five and a half miles of line in the Oskaloosa area and will then move on to upgrading a further three miles of line in the Bible Grove area. The construction crew will plan to finish out the year rebuilding two miles of line in the Oakmound area. These upgrades, in addition to a continued program of pole replacements, mean less worry for our members when storm systems pass through our region. A more resilient grid means you have power when you need it most.

Our tree crew is also a huge part of the increased reliability we’ve been able to provide our members. Having a dedicated crew of forestry technicians allow us to keep our right of ways clear and ensure the removal of problem trees before they fall through the lines and cause an outage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and our team works on preventative measures every day. Clay Electric Co-operative is grateful to them every day for their hard work and dedication.

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!