Co-ops Meet Conservation Goals Despite Challenges
Throughout the last decade, Great River Energy and many of its member cooperatives have successfully achieved meeting the annual energy savings goals and conservation spending requirements established by the Minnesota Legislature. Beyond the 700 million kilowatt-hours in energy savings at the distribution cooperative level since 2010, Great River Energy has realized significant savings at its generation and transmission facilities. Its 28 member cooperatives surpass their energy savings goals by regularly engaging consumers and working to identify cost-effective energy efficiency investments.
CEO Message: July 2017 — Turning to Technology During Power Outages
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the typical way Lake Region Electric Cooperative members and the cooperative interacted was by telephone, a stop at the office, through the mail, or a quick chat with an employee along the roadside. That no longer is the case. In fact, the ways our co-op members now interact with Lake Region have changed dramatically. Additionally, the types of interaction and the integration of communications between our members and the cooperative will continue to evolve. It’s a two-way street and advancements in technology are taking us there!
Lake Region Energy Services Progress Update
At the end of June, NPL crews were nearing completion of natural gas distribution lines in Parkers Prairie, with construction set to begin in Deer Creek the first week of July.
Annual Meeting Presentation: Video Highlights
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) held its 80th annual meeting Thursday evening, June 1, 2017 at Life Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Approximately 600 members and friends enjoyed a delicious meal catered by the Underwood Lions Club and Central Market, Perham. There were 319 registered members who each received a $10 bill credit for attending the meeting.
CEO Column: June 2017 — Building and Innovating
A big thank you goes out to all who participated in our 80th annual meeting on June 1st in Fergus Falls. I appreciate your interest and support of Lake Region Electric Cooperative, our Board of Directors, and our outstanding team of employees. It was great to interact with you and we hope that you found the meeting enjoyable and interesting. Construction is Underway: We’ve started the summer construction season at a brisk pace. Our 2017 work plan is slated to be the cooperative’s largest, coming in at around $9 million. We have embarked on an extensive plan that will expand and improve the physical plant assets of our core electric distribution business. Service reliability, safety, and building for future loads are the reasons for this aggressive work plan. When you see our crews or those of our contractors working in your area, know that their work is to ensure the strength and security of the electric cooperative that you own.
Operation Round Up Spring Recipients
In April 2017, the Board of Trustees for Operation Round Up elected to donate $4,200 to assist local organizations.
CEO Column: April 2017 — Innovative Programs and Strategic Partnerships Key to Co-op’s Success
As the energy industry continues to evolve, Lake Region Electric Cooperative remains committed to meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of our members. We are always looking for ways to create more value for our members, both in the way we do business and with the products we offer. Based on our members’ needs and industry trends, we are adapting our business model to better serve you as your trusted energy provider. This often means thinking differently and being willing to embrace new technologies.