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Annual Meeting

 

Price Electric Annual Member Meeting

The Price Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of Members (held in June of each year) has been a tradition since the early years of the co-op. As member-owners, all members are encouaged to attend the Annual Meeting to exercise Cooperative Principle #2: Democratic Member Control. Each year, directors from three districts are elected at the Annual Meeting. In 2017, directors were elected for Districts 7, 8, and 9. Elections for Districts 4,5, and 6 will take place in 2018.

All members will receive notice of the Annual Meeting.

 

2017 Price Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting 

237 members and guests were in attendance for the 77th Price Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of Members held on June 8, 2017 at Phillips High School. Outside the school, members were greeted by PEC apprentice linemen, who had a variety of tools and two trucks on display. The Touchstone Energy balloon added a festive touch to the occasion.

Inside, members had the opportunity to speak with representatives from GroSolar and CMS Enterprises regarding the solar installation at the Crane Chase Substation, turned in batteries for recycling, picked up attendance gifts and PEC Annual Report booklets, and enjoyed a dinner of chicken and meatballs catered by Phillips Café. State Senator Janet Bewley was also on hand to greet constituents from PEC’s service area.

Senator Janet Bewley visits with PEC apprentice linemen

This year, elections were held for board directors for Districts 7, 8, and 9. Members voted to re-elect District 7 Director Michael Atkinson, District 8 Director Gerald Luke, and District 9 Director Francis Gwinn to three-year terms.

Price Electric Cooperative CEO Bill Caynor’s report to the membership touched on several items of interest to the members, including updates on the Clean Power Plan and renewable energy generation statistics, a brief update on the Flambeau solar array, technology advances that have transformed how PEC crews get work done, the completion of AMI meter deployment across PEC’s system, reliability statistics, and PEC safety accomplishments. Caynor also remarked on PEC’s 2016 energy sales, as well as electric sales in the US as a whole. In 2016, the sale of electricity dropped nationwide, as well as at PEC. This is attributed to mild weather combined with state and federal energy efficiency policies, including LED lighting and Energy Star appliances. Price Electric’s average customer usage also tends to be lower than state and nationwide averages. These were factors that contributed to the need for the recent PEC cost of service study and rate change.

For more information on PEC's 2016 financial reports, please click here.

 

PEC employees Tom Valiga and Jesse Heinz were recognized for service milestones. Valiga was presented with a 40 Year Service Award, and Heinz was commended for his promotion to Journeyman Lineman status.

Journeyman Lineman Tom Valiga receives a meter lamp to commemorate 40 years of service to PEC Apprentice Lineman Jesse Heinz recognized for his recent promotion to Journeyman Lineman

 

District 7 Director Mike Atkinson presented information on PEC's new "Commitment to Community" program, which will donate $140,000 to local charitable organizations via Federated Youth Foundation funds.

Linda Powers of River Valley Architects Inc. gave a presentation on the new Price Electric Member Service Center. Construction is expected to begin in late summer of 2017, with building occupancy slated for early summer 2018.

Members voted to approve the bylaw amendments as printed in the June 2017 issue of Wisconsin Electric Cooperative News.

Throughout the evening, members were eligible to win door prize drawings. The winners of the grand prize, a flat-screen LED TV, were Brenda and Jim Kronberger of Park Falls.

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