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MANAGER’S MESSAGE


Alice Houston, VVEC General Manager


Powering the Needs of Future Generations


VVEC:


For more than 75 years, Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative has been delivering safe, dependable and economical electric service to its member-owners who reside or conduct business in all or parts of five counties in northeast Oklahoma. It’s well-known that one of the key differences between the cooperative business model and other business enterprise models is direct participation by those who own – and receive service from – a cooperative. That’s what makes VVEC so special. As member-owners, your opinions matter to us. Many of the programs


and services that VVEC provides today were formulated based on the needs of our collective membership. In the early days of your cooperative, this meant extending electric lines to the most remote areas of our service territory. It became a vital part of our cooperative’s mission to serve all who chose to live and work within our designated area of service. Members – both young and old – became a part of our cooperative family. That part of our mission is ongoing. New homes and businesses continue to be built as your cooperative grows; last year, more than 585 new services were connected to VVEC lines. With every new service added, the assets of your cooperative also grow. For the first time in its 77 year history, the total utility plant investments of VVEC collectively grew to more than $151 million. You are part of one of the largest and fastest- growing electric cooperatives in the state.


Rather than dwelling on the past or addressing the current programs and services that your cooperative provides, I’d like to focus on the future, and the importance of VVEC when it comes to satisfying the needs of future generations. Electricity, I believe, will always be in demand to power an ever- growing list of convenience items for future generations. But where will that power come from?


Over the course of this past year, you may have read in our Power Circuit newsletter or noted articles on our VVEC.com website about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “Clean Power Plan.” A final version of the Clean Power Plan was announced by the Obama Administration and the EPA on August 3rd


. Even in its ‘final’ form, there


are many questions that remain to be answered about the impact of the Plan on utility customers nationwide – and, of course, on future generations of VVEC member-owners. Our national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, has gone on record with testimony before Congress opposing many parts of the Clean Power Plan. More than any rule currently on the books, the Clean Power Plan would allow the EPA to fundamentally alter the way that electricity is generated, and the way that Americans use electricity. The board and management team at VVEC do not believe that is the EPA’s job.


As a part of our core mission, we at VVEC work diligently to make


electricity affordable for every member-owner-consumer. At VVEC, and at electric cooperatives nationwide, we have a proven record of both supporting the environment and following a true ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy that has provided affordable and reliable electricity to our members. As such, we will continue to advocate for generating fuel sources that include not only renewables like wind, solar and hydro power, but also for economical fuels like natural gas, which is abundant in Oklahoma. Since 1938, VVEC has provided safe, affordable and reliable electricity to citizens in Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties, and with it, economic opportunities that meet the needs of future generations. We plan to keep it that way.


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