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December 2023 | Volume 85 | Issue 12

Happy Holidays From PCEC

Manager's Report

So Much To Be Grateful For As New Year Approaches

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager

Dave Deihl, General Manager / CEO

From the General Manager

Each year, I’m always surprised how December seems to sneak up on you. How did we get to the end of the year so quickly? It’s hard to believe 2024 is right around the corner.

As I reflect on this past year at the co-op, I’m grateful for my own family as well as my co-op family. At Platte-Clay, we’re driven by a sense of mission and purpose. Our team feels a strong connection to our community and our members.

Our co-op has ultimately had a tough year financially with rising prices and wholesale energy costs, but we’ve continued to make good on our commitment to providing great service and reliability to our members. We have a lot to be proud of as a co-op, and I want to share some of our highlights from this year with you.

We continue to see growth in membership and added miles of energized line spreading through our communities. This year, our member services team has processed over 1320 new membership applications.

I know our members count on us to deliver great reliability, and our industry reliability measurements for this year have been very strong once again.

As I reflect on this past year at the co-op, I’m grateful for my own family as well as my co-op family. At Platte-Clay, we’re driven by a sense of mission and purpose. Our team feels a strong connection to our community and our members.

Our Average Service Availability Index (ASAI) score has grown each of the past four years and through November was 99.987. ASAI is the ratio of the total number of customer hours that service was available during a given time to the total customer hours demanded.

We also track reliability with the System Average Interruption Index (SAIDI). It represents how long the average member experiences an outage. This year our SAIDI score of 69.86 was also the best it’s been in many years.

Another metric we use to monitor our system performance is the Momentary Average Interruption Frequency Index (MAIFI). MAIFI is the average number of momentary interruptions under 5 minutes, also known as blinks, per member during the year. Our five-year average MAIFI score is 9.93 and this year’s score was 8.73.

Our steadfast commitment to vegetation management, investments in maintenance, and the hard work of our linemen have paid off as we continue to provide excellent reliability to our members.

The co-op’s most important strategic goal is our relentless pursuit of safety. And I’m thrilled to share that, to date, we have reached over 1,949,760 consecutive hours injury free in the workplace. It’s clear our employees are committed to the very best safety practices, and I’m so proud of our team for their unwavering dedication to doing things the right way.

Contact General ManagerI think one of the most powerful investments we make is in our local youth. Platte-Clay has supported area schools, youth clubs and programs with resources like sponsorships and safety demonstrations along with providing $3,000 in scholarships for local students. And through our Youth Tour program, we sent two high school seniors to Washington, D.C. and four to Jefferson City to experience democracy in action.

The reality is there are more highlights than I even have room for. I’m proud of the way we do things at Platte-Clay. And I’m proud of our co-op members. We don’t always know what lies ahead or the challenges we’ll face in the upcoming year. But, we do know we’ll go through them together.

This holiday season, I wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and prosperity. I know the future will be bright, because of you.

In The News

PCEC Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced

PCEC Safety Poster Contest Winner Announced

The 4th Annual PCEC Safety Poster Contest was held in October, and we’re excited to announce the winners. Students once again shared many wonderful entries making it very difficult to judge.

The contest was open to third graders in local communities. The theme was “How do I stay safe around electricity.” PCEC continually strives to promote electrical safety awareness among students.

This year’s winners were Ethan Johnson from Lawson, Vayda Woody from Kearney, and Claire Furbeck from Platte City. Each student received a $100 gift card.

In addition, third grade teachers who submitted their class entries were also eligible for a prize for their classrooms.

This year’s winners were Sara Alshouse from Dogwood Elementary, Miranda Giger from Lathrop Elementary, and Becky Pendleton from North Platte Intermediate.

2024 Youth Tour Contest Kicks Off

A Special Thanks

2023 PCEC Youth Tour contest winners Sophia Thomas (left) and Teddi Dixon at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

High school juniors have the opportunity to win a free trip to Washington, D.C. by participating in Platte-Clay Electric’s 2024 Youth Tour contest. Students must submit a video or short essay by March 8, 2024.

The question for the 2024 contest is: “Cooperatives operate according to the same set of seven cooperative principles. These principles are a key reason that America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities. In your opinion, what is the most important cooperative principle?”

Finalists will present to a panel of judges in the spring. Judges will choose 6 students to represent the co-op at leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. and Jefferson City this summer.

Youth Tour is an annual youth event sponsored by rural electrical cooperatives around the country. More than 100 students from the Show-Me state and over 2000 students nationwide will have the opportunity to tour museums, visit America’s historic monuments and meet their elected officials.

Learn more about Youth Tour contest and apply online by visiting www.PCEC.coop/YT.

Supporting Our Communities

Supporting Our Communities

PCEC is donating $12,500 to area food pantries to help serve families in need this holiday season and beyond. Organizations have said this year has seen increases in the number of families needing support.

Benefiting organizations were: Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs, Lawson Food Pantry, Smithville Food Pantry, Maple Elementary School Pantry, Plattsburg Food Pantry, Platte County R-3 School District Treasure Chest Program, Weston Rotary Club, Kearney Food Pantry, Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City located in Tracy, Lathrop Food Pantry, Lathrop School Food Pantry, Cameron Food Pantry, Clinton County R-3 School District Food Pantry and Community Food Network of Dearborn.

Utility Pole Inspections Underway Across Service Territory

Utility Pole Inspections Underway Across Service Territory

Each year, Platte-Clay inspects 10% of utility poles as part of the co-op’s routine maintenance program to reduce outages and safety hazards. All poles are inspected and documented over a ten year period of time, ensuring timely repair.

Crews from our partners at Lee Utility Inspection are in the process of inspecting over 4,000 poles.

Lee crews will be out in marked vehicles and may need to access fields or yards to evaluate pole integrity. This fall’s inspection will take place near Platte City, Kearney and Holt.

Members can report damaged poles at any time by calling our office at (816) 628-3121.

Reliable Power For Today And Tomorrow

Board President’s Column

Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis
Board President

Ringing in a new year sparks a sense of renewed hope and optimism about the future. As the Board President of Platte-Clay Electric, for me, it’s a time to reflect on where we are and where we’re going. At the heart of this reflection, I think about ways we can better serve our members of the cooperative.

The team at Platte-Clay is always looking ahead, exploring ways to innovate and utilize new technologies to improve our services. As our nation increasingly relies on electricity to power the economy, keeping the lights on has never been more important. We’re committed to powering––and empowering–– our community at a cost local families and businesses can afford.

So how is PCEC working to ensure reliable and affordable power while adapting to a changing energy landscape and our community’s evolving needs?

One critical component of reliable power is the mix of energy resources used to generate the electricity that keeps the lights on across the Northland. You may not realize it, but PCEC doesn’t generate electricity. Instead, we purchase it from our energy provider, Associated Electric Cooperative Incorporated (AECI), and from there, PCEC distributes it to homes and businesses throughout our community. Their October energy resource mix was made up of 43% coal, 28% natural gas, 25% wind, 3% hydropower and 1% purchased.

We’re increasingly using more electricity generated from renewable energy sources, but we still depend on a diverse energy mix to ensure reliable power that’s available to our members whenever they need it.

Reliable Power For Today And TomorrowIn addition to managing a reliable energy mix, PCEC is using technology to enhance our local grid, limit service disruptions and improve outage response times.

Advanced metering technology, also known as AMI, enables two-way communication between the co-op and consumers. In the event of a power outage, AMI helps pinpoint the exact location of the outage and can even analyze damaged or tampered meters. AMI helps PCEC save money with real-time data, and ultimately improves power reliability for our entire community.

Proactive tree trimming is another way we limit service disruptions. Scheduled trimming keeps power lines clear from overgrown limbs that are likely to fall.

As technology advancements become more accessible, we anticipate using things like small drones and advanced mapping software to better reduce labor and equipment costs while bolstering even more reliable service.

One of the best methods for improving our services to you is monitoring trends and leading practices from other electric co-ops in Missouri and across the country. Learning from other co-ops is one of the many benefits of the cooperative business model because for us, it’s about cooperation, not competition.

As we turn our focus to 2024, PCEC and the Board of Directors will continue working hard to provide the reliable electricity you expect and deserve––for today and tomorrow.

Energy Efficiency Tip

Seal The Deal On Savings This Winter

Holiday SeasonDuring winter months, ensure your home is well sealed to reduce the need for excessive heating. Seal air leaks around your home and add insulation where needed to save up to 10% on annual energy bills. Install weather stripping on exterior doors and apply caulk around windows. Check attic insulation levels and hire a qualified contractor if additional insulation is required.

Other winter energy tips include isolating unused rooms, letting sunlight in during the day, and ensuring your chimney damper is closed when not in use.

Help Provide For Those In Need

Community Holiday Drive Continues through December

To assist those in need in our community, please bring a donation of gently-used or new coats and non-perishable foods to one of our offices. We will continue to collect these through the end of the month in Kearney and Platte City.

PCEC Kearney Headquarters:
1000 W. 92 Highway, Kearney, MO

PCEC Platte City District Office:
15055 Bethel Road, Platte City, MO 64079

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