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From the Manager - May 2019

Visiting Springfield with our Youth Day participants is one of my favorite days of the year. Clay Electric Co-operative was able to send 10 students from among the junior classes in the area high schools for this year’s Youth Day in Springfield. Our kids were able to meet with Representative Darren Bailey and Senator Dale Righter as well as tour the many sites and historic landmarks of our state capital. I am proud of all our students who took the long day in stride and seized the opportunity. After a difficult selection process, I am happy to announce three outstanding area young people will be representing our community during the Youth to Washington Tour. Shelby Cailteux, Malorie Craig and Sydney Rudolphi were selected by our AIEC interviewers to represent us in Washington, D.C. June 14–21. I’m positive they will do us proud. 

We are starting a new column this month. Our Co-op Connections Corner will spotlight local businesses that partner with us to give our membership discounts on goods and services. Our Co-op Connections Card has gone digital, with a new app available on Apple and Android devices. With the new app, you can search for local discounts, book hotel and concert reservations through iBennie, receive prescription discounts, earn cash back and more! We encourage our members to download the app and start saving today. If you are a local business that would like to take part in this free program, please email us at CoopConnections@ceci.coop. We look forward to working with you!

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 updates on storm and outage information in our service area. 

With sunny days on the horizon, I’d like to take a moment to mention 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. With different laws and subsidies in flux at the state level, there are lots of questions floating around. 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. We are excited to have given out our first prize last month! 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!