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Kilowatt F AUGUST 2013 INSIDE YOUR CO-OP


A Touchstone Energy Cooperative


Kiwash Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Providing the service


that lights up your life.


Office Location PO Box 100


120 W. 1st Street


Cordell, Oklahoma (888) 832-3362


www.kiwash.coop


Find us on Facebook Staff


Dennis Krueger manager


Wendy Putman director of finance


Lisa Willard director of


communications Roy Dewees


director of operations


Board of Trustees officers


Jack Sawatzky president


Robert Travis vice president


Virginia Walker sec.-treasurer


John Schaufele


asst. sec.-treasurer directors


Ralph Cunningham Leslie Hinds Rex Eagan


Advocacy Protects Your Rights Kiwash Electric celebrates 75 years of putting members first


for our 74th A


s we enter our 75th


year


of business and prepare Annual


Meeting, the member- owners of Kiwash Electric Cooperative need to understand that their directors do more than set policies , rates and corporate goals. Your directors have accepted the responsibility to safeguard your electric cooperative on many levels, which includes political advocacy.


In the electric co-op program, “grassroots” is a powerful word. In fact, the historical success of the electric co-ops is largely credited to that single word. Remembering the electric cooperative program sprang from politics in the mid 1930’s due, ironically, to the fact that existing investor-owned utilities (IOUs) did not deem rural America as a profitable investment. Thus, private, nonprofit, locally owned electric cooperative came into being to serve the needs of rural America.


Grassroots has an electric co-op definition, one that reflects its importance in the industry. “Grassroots”


refers to electric cooperative activists - directors, managers, employees and member- owners - who take an active role in the political process to protect their co-op from harmful


Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as a “grassroots” organization. Legislators know that electric co-op member-owners actively get involved by writing, calling and e-mailing their legislators to have their


"Through our collective efforts, we have championed the electric cooperative business model, and helped keep the lights on for our member-owners for 75 years."


legislation and regulation, and to promote the value of co-op ownership to their legislators.


Grassroots involvement can mean communicating with local, state and federal legislators on issues affecting your electric cooperative. During the 2013 Oklahoma legislative session, the grassroots cooperative network worked with Rep. Harold Wright, principle author of HB 1714, to support copper scrape/salvage regulations. The measure would help ward off copper thieves that cost utilities thousands of dollars in unnecessary damages every year.


Electric cooperatives enjoy a reputation on


voice heard in the political process. Grassroots advocates speaking with that same voice make a difference on Capitol Hill. Every year, Kiwash Electric sends representatives to discuss federal issues that could impact you, our owners.


This year’s issues involved supporting the passage of the Farm Bill minus the assault on RUS lending practices proposed by the current administration, and regional haze issues that directly affect the cost of electric generation. We also expressed our opinion on the lesser prairie chicken controversy, and fought to eliminate unwanted regulation on the transmission grid and renewable energy efforts.


That's the short list.


Grassroots—the unified voices of the nation’s electric co- op supporters—is the foundation of the electric co-op's 75 year success in serving rural members and their communities. Legislative advocacy is more than just lobbying. It means taking an active role to ensure that our cooperatives and the members we serve are protected in legislation and regulation. Through our collective efforts, we have championed the electric cooperative business model and helped keep the lights on for our member-owners for 75 years. Our goal is to never stop fighting for electric cooperatives or our members.


With that in mind, I hope you will attend your Kiwash Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting on Monday, August 12. It's your chance to participate in your co-op and engage your directors on the legislative issues surrounding the electric industry that could influence your electric rates.


By Dennis Krueger general manager


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