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February 2023 | Volume 85 | Issue 2

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In The News

Tree Trimming Projects Set To Begin In Eastern Service Area

Benefits Of Tree TrimmingPCEC staff members and contractors will be working on tree-trimming projects between Lawson and Excelsior Springs for the next couple of months.

Crews will be working along 92 and 69 Highways, and then parts of 166th and 174th streets. These areas are served by the Dry Fork substation.

Clearing trees and overgrown vegetation near power lines is vital to provide safe and reliable power to members.

PCEC works throughout the year across its service area to maintain vegetation in its rights of way territory. Proactively managing vegetation reduces the risk of outages during storms.

If you have any questions, or notice any vegetation near power lines in need of attention, please contact our member service representatives at (816) 628-3121.

Missouri Cooperative Energy In Today's Classroom

Manager's Report

Longtime Employees Leave Behind Important Legacy

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager

Dave Deihl, General Manager

From the General Manager

It is getting rarer and rarer these days for people to spend long careers at one company. There are a lot of opportunities and paths out there, so it takes a lot of commitment and dedication to last the test of time.

In January, we celebrated four PCEC employees who have dedicated their careers to our cooperative. I’m proud to have worked alongside each of them, and their tremendous skill and knowledge will be missed.

Combined, these four men have served our cooperative for over 120 years! That’s an incredible figure to fathom.

While I know they are excited about the next chapter in their lives, I know it comes with mixed emotions when you spend so much time in one place with people you get to know so well. The reality of most workplaces is that we all end up spending just as much or even more time with our co-workers as our own families. It’s been a pleasure to have them share so much time with us.

Email PCEC General ManagerThe fact is we have a lot of wonderful employees at Platte-Clay. Most of our 71 employees have been with us for many years, and we take a lot of pride in that. And I think it is reflected in the quality of service and support we provide our members. We strive to be a great place to work and treat everyone as family.

The departure of these individuals will ultimately open doors for our next generation of cooperative leaders looking to take on more responsibility. Our Board of Directors and leadership team dedicate time to succession planning to ensure our cooperative is well-positioned for future success.

It is hard to sum up the impact these men have had on our cooperative through their decades of service. They have successfully led countless projects and helped so many members along their way. And most importantly, helped build a culture and legacy of excellence we are proud to carry on.

Longtime-Employees Leave Behind Important Legacy

Service Spotlight Longtime PCEC Employees

In The News

Board Member Interest Deadline is March 6

Board Member Interest Deadline is March 6Each year, three PCEC Board of Directors positions are up for election at the cooperatives annual business meeting. With board members serving three-year terms, one position from each of our three service area districts (north, south and west) is up for election.

Any consumer-member interested in running for the PCEC Board of Directors this year must submit their name to the coop by Monday, March 6, 2023. To contact the co-op with your interest or questions, please email PCEC Human Resource Director Angie Kinard at angiek@pcec.coop.

If a member misses the initial interest deadline, they may submit their name via petition with 15 member signatures by March 23 in order to still make it on the ballot.

PCEC will begin annual election voting in May. Members will be able to vote online again this year, with a paper ballot option available. Members can also vote in person at the annual Business Meeting June 1, when results of the election will be announced.

Directors play an important role in the cooperative by giving consumer-members a seat at the decision-making table through local representation. Each director on the Platte- Clay Board of Directors receives $400 for each local meeting attended with no other benefits paid.

Record Peak Energy Demand Set During Winter Storm

Record Peak Energy Demand Set During Winter StormFrom Dec. 22-26, the Associated Electric Cooperative system that powers Platte-Clay and 50 other electric co-ops around Missouri, southern Iowa and northeast Oklahoma faced the brunt of a winter storm system that brought brutal cold, wind and snow to the Midwest. Across much of Associated’s service territory, wind chills reached -35 degrees with 50-plus mile per hour wind.

Associated kept the power on as a new all-time system demand peak was set, then set again in less than 24 hours. On Dec. 22, the previous record was bested with a 5,809 megawatt peak for the hour ending at 8 p.m., only to fall Dec. 23 to a new all-time 5,898 MW peak for the hour ending at 9 a.m.

For historical context, the previous peak record was set during winter storm Uri in February 2021, when the Associated system reached a 5,549 MW peak for the hour ending at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. During extreme temperatures on Dec. 22-23, the Associated system was tested with 14 hours at or above Uri’s highest peak hour demand.

During the 9 a.m. peak hour Dec. 23, Associated met member load by generating 2,323 MWh from its coal plants, 1,593 MWh from its combined-cycle natural gas units, 510 MWh from its simple-cycle natural gas units, 552 MWh from its wind farms and 478 MWh from hydropower.

Platte-Clay set a winter peak record on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at 155,003 kilowatts. The previous record was 154,257 KW set at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2018. Platte-Clay’s all-time system peak is 159,442 KW set July 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Because of reliability preparedness activities, Associated estimates the storm costs to be $8-10 million. By comparison, the financial impact of winter storm Uri in February 2021 was $175 million.

In less than a six-month span in 2022, the Associated system set a new summer peak hour member demand record July 5 with 4,538 MW followed by the new all-time peak of 5,898 MW set Dec. 23.

The experiences during 2022 are an affirmation of Associated’s balanced generation fleet and long- range strategy. To serve new load growth and ensure reliability, the Associated board has authorized the addition of up to 900 MW of new natural gas generation, with an anticipated online date in 2026.

Energy Efficiency Tip

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Energy Usage

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Energy UsageAs an electric co-op member, you have a lot of control over your electric bill. A few simple steps, like adjusting your thermostat at night or when you are away from home, can make a big difference. You can also replace light bulbs with LEDs, seal leaks in your home’s envelope and make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees.

It may seem obvious, but one of the biggest energy wasters is leaving on lights when no one is around to need them. Get in the habit of turning off lights when you leave the rooms. You can also use motion detectors or timers to turn off lights in those seldom-used spots such as closets, basements and attics.

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