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C A N A D I A N November 2016


V ELECTRALITE SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


CVEC Trustees Hire Colin Whitley as New General Manager


Originally from Sulphur, Oklahoma, CVEC’s new general manager Colin Whitley is a graduate of Oklahoma State University who holds a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering. Colin has 13 years of experience working as a transmission and distribution engineer for electric utilities in Texas and Mis- souri, as well as 25 years of experience managing electric utilities in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most recently, Colin has served as the CEO/General Manager of Alfalfa Electric Cooperative located in Cherokee, OK. Colin has served on the board of directors of Western Farmers Electric Co- operative, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, the American Public Power Association, and numerous other organizations. Colin and his wife Jackie have four sons, Grahm, Ian, Marshall, and Con- ner, and one grandson Taite.


New CVEC General Manger Colin Whitley and his wife Jackie. A Fresh Start! Fresh Start! I am excited to be involved with


Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative at this time in our history for many reasons. We have been through some chal- lenging times over the past few years, and there will possibly be more in the future, but there are so many positive things happening right now! We have a member- and em- ployee-oriented board of directors. Our board knows we are here for the EHQH¿W RI RXU PHPEHUV :H KDYH D PDQDJHPHQW VWDff DQG HPSOR\HHV who understand that as well, and who every day provide excellent service to our members. Led by Yates Adcock, our outgo- ing board president, our board of di- rectors hired a great interim manager, 5REHUW +RRG ZKR ZDV HffHFWLYH LQ


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Colin Whitley. He has a wealth of knowledge, having worked for mul- tiple utilities in multiple states before joining the cooperative world a few years ago. He comes to us from Al- falfa Electric Cooperative, where they had grown exponentially in recent years due to their local oil boom. We KDG PXOWLSOH KLJKO\ TXDOL¿HG DSSOL- cants for the CEO position and he is WKH EHVW ¿W :H KDYH D JUHDW H[SHULHQFHG VWDff They know how to diligently work safely, meet people well, and believe in the cooperative vision.


by Joe Semtner President, CVEC Board of Trustees


Sixteen new employees with more to come! It is exciting to see the po- tential they bring to our team. We are in the lower tier of rates with no apparent immediate need for rate changes.


The future will bring more re- newable energy. Solar and wind are already being used on our lines and battery backup is probably in our future.


System reliability keeps improv-


ing. We annually spend about $2 million keeping our rights of way cleared. This makes our system more reliable in storm season or an ice storm.


Now is a great time to look for- ward to the possibilities of what our cooperative can do to make the most of our future.


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