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C A N A D I A N May 2014


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ELECTRALITE Leading Change...Together


George Hand, Yates Adcock and Brandy Wreath address a group of CREC members at a recent meeting. CVEC members will have the opportunity to attend meetings to learn more about the consolidation in coming months.


Understanding reasoning helps put things into perspective. Since the boards of trustees of Central Rural Electric Cooperative and Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative announced in September 2013 a potential con- solidation between the two coopera-


By George


Isn’t technology wonderful? I think. My cell phone which is not two years old (still under contract) is already three versions behind the latest and greatest. I guess that is ok since I haven’t mastered most of what it can do. I don’t even have an idea of all it can do. Even Siri gets put out with me when I ask for her help. While it’s not for me yet, even the Dick Tracy wrist phones are now avail-


tives, members have been trying to put things into perspective.


Gary McCune, CREC board presi- dent shared the quote, “We believe you have to be in position to find success.” The boards of trustees of CREC and CVEC believe that during a time of


able for anyone who “needs” one. What would Alexander Graham Bell think of his phone system if he came back today? It is hard to believe that he would even recognize it as his creation. Obviously it’s not. A lot of people would likely say Thomas Edison would easily recognize the electric system of today as his own – still stuck in the last century. But the technology is beginning to change and once these changes begin to be imple- mented, we should expect rapid deploy- ment as customers’ expectations will no


rapid change in the energy industry, the consolidation will position both coop- eratives for success and allow them to “Build Our Energy Future Together.” At its roots, this consolidation is about the cooperative leadership’s responsibility to confront the challenges and issues threatening our financial security and reliability of service. It is about our com- mitment to the cooperative purpose of empowering lives and communities and ensuring you have the best quality of life possible. Finally, it is about our accountability to providing solutions focused on increasing member value. “A cooperative has always been a group of individuals who pool their resources and come together for the good of a large group,” said Yates Ad- cock, CVEC board president. “Leader- ship is really important. You have to have confidence in leaders, and they have to have a servant heart.” The electric industry is changing, and industry leaders believe there will be more changes in the next decade than in the last century. If CREC and CVEC are going to face these chal- lenges, the cooperatives must explore what the new utility will look like and not be afraid to be bold and different.


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longer be quenched by just having the lights come on when it gets dark. For years it has been poles, wires, transform- ers and meters. That’s all you needed to deliver electricity and satisfy customers. When the pole broke, the conductor fell down, or the transformer burned out, the utility sent a lineman out to fix the problem and restore electric power on the line. For more and more people their expectations are higher than that. Many are irritated at the first blink and irate by


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