Manager's Message: Another Great Year of District Meetings
One of our favorite times of the year is the two weeks in May when the HomeWorks team hits the road to visit each district, holding the annual membership meetings.
It’s great to see so many familiar, smiling faces, to welcome us and share a bite to eat.
This year’s meetings were a little bittersweet, knowing it was the last meeting as director for Phil Conklin in District 1, Cara Evans in District 5, and Dean Floria in District 7. After a combined 72 years of service to the co-op as board members, they have chosen to enjoy retirement and watch new people bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the table.
The nominating committees in all three districts provided a strong slate of candidates, and we’re looking forward to seeing how you voted. The three new directors will be seated at the Annual Meeting of the Cooperative in August.
For those of you who could not make it to one of this year’s meetings, here are a couple of the highlights from our brief operations report.
- Membership growth is very slow, and members are taking advantage of Energy Optimization programs to save energy and money. Meanwhile, costs continue to rise for labor, equipment, and intangibles such as insurance and property taxes. So, for the first time in six years, your board is considering a rate increase.
A Cost of Service study was performed by an independent consultant, and it looks like we’ll need about a
3% increase to keep HomeWorks Tri-County stable, and continue providing reliable service. This will be
considered in detail on June 27, at a special open membership meeting (see the notice on page 5.)
- Even though the Supreme Court has blocked implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which also allowed Michigan legislators to put their energy bill on a back burner, Wolverine Power Cooperative is working to make sure we’re ready to meet the requirements of the CPP or any new Michigan policy.
With new projects under contract right now, Wolverine will be at 30% renewables next year. Wolverine is
also about ready to test the new Alpine Power Plant near Gaylord. And they’re doing it while keeping your
power supply rates stable.
There was more to talk about, from capital credit retirements on your May energy statement, to our community service programs here in mid-Michigan, as well as a look back at Michigan’s Partners for Power project in Guatemala late last year.
There’s a lot of good things going on at your co-op these days. Whether you were able to come hear about it at one of this year’s district meeting or not, your board of directors and staff thank you for your continued support of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric.