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Kiwash Electric Cooperative will close at noon on December 24 and remain closed through December 25. It will close at 2 pm on December 31 and remain closed through January 1.


Generator Program for CKenergy Members


Kiwash Electric members are asking plenty of questions about the new generator program that will be available to them as members of CKenergy Electric Cooperative.


A service of Caddo Electric that will continue under the banner of CKenergy, the generator program provides a discounted electric rate to members who allow the co-op to switch on their standby generator during peak usage periods. To qualify for the program, a standby generator must be wired into your home’s electrical system so it comes on automatically when power is interrupted.


Members who participate enjoy a discounted rate, but there’s another good reason to participate: By allowing CKenergy to switch on your generator during period’s of extreme system-wide electricity use, you are helping your co-op curb its own electricity bill from its wholesale energy supplier. That translates to lower costs for every member of the co-op.


CKenergy will also have Generac Guardian Elite generators available for purchase. The Generac brand is not required to participate, but it comes with everything necessary to comply with the rules of the program. In addition, CKenergy will offer financing to qualified borrowers, and installation if the customer wishes.


Contact your co-op after January 1 for more details.


Farewell, Kiwash Electric!


In this column, I shared stories about my family, my short sports career, and my favorite dog. I also shared co-op industry news, book recommendations, and even a story about marbles. I will officially retire as your general manager on January 1, so this is my last column. I’ve probably put more thought into this article than any of the previous 220!


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My definition of retirement is when you give so much of yourself to your company that you have nothing left to give. To put it plainly, my skills are exhausted. It is time for me to move on and allow CKenergy Electric Cooperative to blossom. As I soar into retirement, I would like to acknowledge several individuals.


Farewell to the Kiwash employees. I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I love and respect every employee that has made my 18 year journey with Kiwash so memorable. I am inspired by your daily work routine and your willingness to go above and beyond when storms rumble through the region or new technology upends your normal routine. I appreciate your work ethic and fortitude to complete the task, even when words of praise from members are limited. Thank you for making my job easier.


Farewell to the Kiwash trustees. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many accomplished individuals on the Kiwash board of directors, past and present. As the elected officials of over 3,600 Kiwash members, you have always kept the members’ best interests in mind. Over the past 18 years, as the issues grew more complex and difficult to embrace, you somehow managed to work together for the betterment of all. Together, we learned the true meaning of “cooperation” and I am a better person due to your leadership.


s general manager of Kiwash Electric, I’ve written approximately 220 articles for the Kilowatt.


Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life and Kiwash Electric Cooperative.


Farewell to the Kiwash membership. Thank you for 18-plus years of wonderful memories. No doubt, we experienced some rough times with ice storms, tornadoes, copper thieves, meter tampering and delinquent bills, to name a few. Together, we overcame the problems and improved your electric service. This is your organization and you have chosen excellent board leadership to care for your co-op. I encourage you to remember this fundamental principle: Democracy works properly only when members, like you, participate. Stay involved in your co-op by attending your district meeting and annual meeting.


The New Challenge. Please support your new co-op leadership and your new CKenergy Electric Cooperative in the same manner that you supported Kiwash Electric Cooperative. Co-op employees, trustees, and members must stay focused on the tasks at hand without wavering or distraction. The main purpose in consolidation is to reduce costs and ensure reasonable and affordable electric rates for all member-owners. Federal regulations will increase the costs to provide quality electrical service, and yes, there will be bumps in the road. Do not let these issues deter you from the ultimate goal, which is to minimize future rate increases by reducing overhead costs. The future of your electric co-op will be more secure when the cooperative direction is fully embraced and adopted by all.


I wish you all a peaceful and prosperous Christmas and New Year, and may God continue to bless you. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Kiwash Electric general manager. I will miss all of you.


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


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