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commentary currents Holiday Office Hours


Kiwash Electric will close at noon on December 24 and remain closed on Christmas Day. The co-op will also be closed from 2 pm on December 31 through January 1.


To report a power outage during this time, please call our 24-hour outage hotline at 888-832-3362.


Please have a safe holiday!


Meter Malfunction? Call Your Co-op


If you think your electric meter isn’t working properly, please let Kiwash electric know. Whatever you do, don’t try to fix the problem yourself! Touching an energized meter socket could cause serious injury or death.


Meter tampering also constitutes a criminal offense, which could result in fines or imprisonment.


To report a malfunctioning electric meter, please call 888-832-3362 .


Let Kiwash Know About Life Support


If someone in your home depends on life support equipment such as respirators or kidney dialysis machines in your home, please contact your co-op. Kiwash Electric asks all life support dependent members to fill out a life support dependent member form.


Members on life support will receive notification of scheduled outages taking place in their area. When storms strike or other events cause major power outages, life support dependent members should be prepared with battery backup or some other source of alternate power.


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A Higher Energy Costs


Over the past two years, we have tried to be forthcoming with our members by warning of upcoming rate increases and energy costs. Rate increases will begin in 2015 with additional wholesale electric rate modifications expected in 2017.


Recently, the Kiwash Electric board of directors approved a rate increase for residential, commercial, irrigation and farm use. Overall, residential and commercial accounts should see about a 1.5 percent rate increase on their bills. Lower energy usage accounts such as irrigation and non-residential (unoccupied farms/farm use) will be slightly higher. These proposed changes are effective January 1, 2015. Members will see this increase on their February monthly bill.


An independent corporate analysis of Kiwash Electric found the cost to maintain and improve electric lines, purchase material and equipment, etc has increased over the past five years. A slight rate increase in 2015 will go a long way in stabilizing the future financial condition of your cooperative.


new year is almost upon us and it will bring new challenges for your co-op. I’ll


BY DENNIS KRUEGER G E N E R A L M A N A G E R


Cooperative Issues and Opportunities Meter Tampering


We have requested law enforcement to consider felony charges on several account holders based solely on meter tampering. In 2014, one account holder pleaded out with a court-ordered repayment plan for their electricity theft and damages, plus court costs. Awaiting further details, the District Attorney will complete the filing of charges against several other individuals.


Tampering with a Kiwash electric meter is like stealing from your neighbor. You and your neighbors own this cooperative and it’s our responsibility to protect your investment. Removing an electric meter for illegal purposes is a felony, and Kiwash intends to pursue those individuals to the fullest extent of the law.


Copper Theft


While we are on the subject of pursuing people who steal your investment, it’s time for another alert. Copper theft is down slightly from a year ago; however, the holidays are upon us and people may be looking for quick money. Please keep an eye on your meter loops as they might start disappearing as they did last year. Also, please watch our electric poles. If copper thieves get hungry, they may try something foolish with the poles. Remember, when thieves steal from Kiwash Electric, they are stealing from you, too.


“Please keep an eye on your meter loops as they might start disappearing as they did this time last year. Also, please watch our electric poles. If copper thieves get hungry, they may try something foolish with the poles.”


In closing, I’d like to recognize Sheriff Peoples and his department staff, Commissioner Hamburger and all officers involved in apprehending a copper thief in Thomas. Thank you all for your diligence and hard work. Slowing the rising tide of copper theft is going to require each and every one of us. Keep yours eyes open, and in the meantime, have a very merry Christmas!


2 | DECEMBER 2014 | Kilowatt


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