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From The Top A fall update to our membership


Fall is upon us. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I enjoy the cooler temperatures and changing colors of our landscape. Fall is also the time to prepare for the colder temperatures of winter.


If you’re like me, I need a little motivation to do those small things around the house and property like cleaning out gutters, caulk- ing around windows, storing things of summer, etc. We, at Kay Electric, are also pre- paring for winter, identifying possible issues that need to be addressed before colder temperatures arrive.


Of course, the fear for utili- ties in this part of the country is the possibility of ice. That is a dreaded word that I try not to use. However, over the years, KEC has tried dili- gently to strength our system in preparation of storms that will eventually happen. I have always said that Mother Nature will always win if she so desires. We have seen several ma- jor storms over the years and we appreciate all member’s encouragement and willing- ness to help in those difficult situations.


Tim Rodriguez, KEC CEO


Your Cooperative is wind- ing down the year. A lot has happened in 2016. With the oil industry in a slump, KEC’s sales are certainly down from the past few years. Our summer energy sales to residential members are also down this year due to a bit milder temperatures. Although sales are down, we have been diligent about reducing expenses when and where we can, without jeop- ardizing service. KEC will end the year with a small, but positive profit margin. Year 2017 will provide challenges as we anticipate sales to further decline. Elec- tric utilities face many chal- lenges in a very complex world. With so many techno- logical advancements, re- newables generation coming into the market, integration of generation utilities purchasing and selling wholesale power into multi-state markets, operating and managing an electric cooperative is much more complex. Utilities have always generated and moved energy over high voltage lines delivering to substations and ultimately arriving at our homes without much thought of the process.


We as member-consumers, me included, tend to take it for granted. I am not an engineer and it has always amazed me that utilities can produce and deliver an in- visible electron over miles and miles of line so that we can enjoy the conveniences we all have in our homes and businesses. Over the next several months, we will continue to discuss our ever changing industry and how it will affect our members. I appreciate our Coop-


erative’s members, board and employees for working together to provide an essen- tial service to make our lives better. Enjoy the fall season, hope for a mild winter, and if your cooperative can be of service to you, give us a call. 1109100


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