Hybrid Energy Project Update — CEO Column: July 2018
During our 2017 annual meeting, we introduced the concept of a solar and wind hybrid electric generating facility to Lake Region’s members. However, the project site that we pursued last year in the Pelican Lake area has been canceled due to a variety of reasons. This doesn’t mean that we have given up on the concept. We continue to look forward and feel strongly that a hybrid solar and wind project should still become a key element of our rate stabilization plan. We are also seeking to protect the environment. Such a project would utilize local, renewable energy sources of which the output is carbon free.
Make Safety Around Power Lines a Priority
We work hard to keep our electrical power system operational and safe. Yet, when it is damaged, hazardous conditions can result. For example, when a driver hits a pole, the energized line could land on the vehicle or end up on the ground where someone might come into contact with it. The power to neighboring homes is disrupted and has to be restored. Our crews must replace the pole and get the line back up, often in nasty weather or at night. Unfortunately, this hypothetical story is too often actually true. In fact, over the last two years, the number of public incident damages has increased, and this year’s trend so far doesn’t look promising.
Operation Round Up Grant Application Deadline is June 15th
The deadline to apply for a grant from Operation Round Up is June 15th! If you have a community project that needs funding, complete the Operation Round Up Application form and return it with supporting documentation for consideration.
Annual Meeting Recap — CEO Column: June 2018
I’m happy that many of our members attended the cooperative’s recent annual meeting. We greatly appreciate your interest and participation in Lake Region Electric Cooperative. We’re proud of our accomplishments and hope that you also share in that pride. That’s because you’re a co-op member, making this the utility that you own and control. All that we do, we do for you!
Committed to Safety — CEO Column: May 2018
Since their inception, electric cooperatives have acknowledged that operating safely is a priority. In fact, safety is an imperative. In our business there is absolutely no room for allowing compromising situations or taking shortcuts. It is Lake Region’s obligation to provide you with electricity in a manner that is safe. Just as important is our commitment to provide our employees with a safe workplace. Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s workplace extends along 5,746 miles of distribution power lines.