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July 2023 | Volume 85 | Issue 7

PCEC Announces Membership Election Results

PCEC Announces Membership Election Results

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative announced the results of its 2023 membership election following the co-op’s annual meeting held at its headquarters in Kearney, Mo., on June 1.

PCEC is a democratically controlled, not-for-profit electric cooperative governed by nine directors elected by members to serve three-year terms. One seat per district is up for election each year.

This year, members had the option to vote electronically, by mail-in ballot or in person. An independent third party was responsible for administering the election and certifying the results.

Kelly Parkhurst was reelected in the West District (Buchanan and Platte Counties), receiving 768 votes. The other candidate, Terrance Moore, received 730 votes. Parkhurst is a community banker.

David Edwards was elected in the North District (DeKalb, Clinton and Caldwell counties), receiving 1,482 votes. He was unopposed in the election. Edwards is a Regional Director at SBS CyberSecurity.

Ed Barger was reelected in the South District (Clay and Ray Counties), receiving 578 votes. Other candidates include Michael Curry, receiving 367 votes, Brian Lawrence, receiving 326 votes, and Brad Scarlett, receiving 211 votes. Barger is a retired firefighter and Battalion Chief.

Manager's Report

Preparing To Serve You Better

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager

Dave Deihl, General Manager / CEO

From the General Manager

Providing reliable power to you is and will always be the top priority for Platte-Clay Electric. These days, power reliability seems to be making news now more than ever.

As the energy industry continues to transition and more segments of the economy are becoming electrified, such as vehicles, machinery and even lawn equipment, additional pressures are being placed on our nation’s electric grid.

With summer storm season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about a few measures we’re taking to ensure you continue receiving the reliable power you depend on and deserve.

Let me be the first to say I love trees and the beauty they add to our communities, and I know you do too. While trees provide shade and add beauty to our area, you may be surprised to learn that overgrown vegetation accounts for about half of all power outages.

Cleared Right of Way South of Paradise Mo.That’s why we strive to keep the co-op’s power lines clear in right-of-way (ROW) areas. A ROW area is the land a co-op uses to construct, maintain, replace or repair underground and overhead power lines. This ROW enables Platte-Clay to provide clearance from trees and other obstructions that could hinder distribution power lines. The overall goal of our vegetation management strategy is to provide reliable power to our members while maintaining the beauty of our area.

Modernizing Vegetation Management
Generally speaking, healthy trees don’t fall on power lines, and clear lines don’t cause problems. Proactive trimming and pruning keep lines clear to improve power reliability. However, traditional vegetation management is costly and time consuming. It entails onthe- ground, labor-intensive efforts involving dozens of workers assessing vegetation and overseeing the quality and completion of contractor work. Although this approach has worked for decades, advances and improvements in technology have allowed us to reduce our costs and improve efficiency.

Drones are a new way electric utilities are able to capture images of power lines and vegetation so we can accurately monitor the health of trees and pinpoint problems along the lines. Platte-Clay always strives to be on the forefront of technological advances and drone data is a new component we are planning to incorporate into our routine maintenance and inspections.

Contact General ManagerAlthough it may seem counterintuitive, we also maintain power reliability through planned, controlled outages. By carefully cutting power briefly to one part of our local area we can perform system repairs and upgrades, which ultimately improve electric service.

Vegetation management is an essential tool in ensuring power reliability and minimizing the risk of outages. As advancements become more accessible and costs drop, we anticipate using additional technologies to ensure a consistent energy supply while managing the environment.

Lastly, I encourage you to follow us on social media so you can learn about the latest co-op updates.

Platte-Clay Moments

Annual Meeting Highlights

Links To Check Out

The PCEC annual meeting was held June 1. The event was live-streamed on Facebook and you can watch the meeting using the link below. Links are also now available to view the latest annual report released at the meeting as well as the annual message from the CEO, Dave Deihl.

Watch the Annual Meeting on Facebook

View The Annual Report

Watch the Annual CEO Message

Bill Credit Winners Announced

Bill Credit Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who voted in our annual election. As a voting incentive, all PCEC consumer-members who voted in the membership election were automatically entered into a drawing for bill credits. Democratic participation is crucial to the foundation of a cooperative, and we experienced record voter participation this year. Our $750 bill credit drawing winners were Jason Shoemaker from Liberty and Thomas Meyer from Kearney. Fabio Amoral from Platte City won the $1500 grand prize bill credit!

In The News

Former PCEC Employee Receives Award

Former PCEC Employee Receives Award

NRECA CEO Jim Matheson presents the Clyde T. Ellis Award to Barry Hart, the retired CEO of two statewide associations. (Photo courtesy NRECA)

A longtime rural cooperative leader with local ties recently received a major honor from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Barry Hart, the retired CEO of both the Missouri and Kansas statewide associations, is the winner of the highest honor given to an individual by NRECA. Named for the national association’s first CEO, the Clyde T. Ellis Award honors someone who has made exemplary contributions that promote the principles and progress of rural electrification and the development and use of natural resources.

Hart served as CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives for nearly 15 years, retiring in early 2019. Before that, he served as CEO of Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. for more than three years. He also worked for 14 years as manager of industrial development at Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative. When Hart was in college, he spent summers working at the co-op, clearing brush and doing construction work.

“Throughout his many years of service, Barry was a truly gifted leader and unsurpassed advocate for the rural electric cooperative movement,” said NRECA President Chris Christensen. “It’s a rare individual who can say that his career started on his local cooperative’s brush-cutting crew and culminated as a legendary manager of two statewide associations and national leader.”

“Barry contributed to all aspects of the cooperative world, but his efforts to build a grassroots program that stretched across rural Missouri is among his greatest achievements and serves as a model for other states,” Christensen said. “He understood that cooperative leaders must win the hearts and minds of policymakers through convincing dialogue with people at the local level.”

Hart said, “My mentor (former Missouri statewide CEO) Frank Stork, who hired me out of college and has been called the best statewide CEO and co-op leader ever, worked with Clyde Ellis. When we told Frank 20 years ago he was receiving the award, his reaction was priceless and my reaction is similar, even though I never met Mr. Ellis. Of all of the recognition I’ve received over the years, this award has to be at the top of the list by far.”

Hart received the Clyde T. Ellis Award

Hart received the Clyde T. Ellis Award at the NRECA PowerXchange conference in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo courtesy NRECA)

Energy Efficiency Tip

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Energy Usage

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Energy UsageDid you know ceiling fans can make a room feel 4 degrees cooler? To save energy through ceiling fan use, remember to raise your thermostat a few degrees while fans are turned on. Ceiling fans can help improve comfort year-round. In the summer, operate ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction. Reverse the direction to clockwise during winter months and set fans on a low speed so warm air can circulate from the ceiling to the lower levels of the room. Remember, ceiling fans cool people, not spaces. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room.


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