Northland Connection July 2024


Managers Report 2024

Results in from Satisfaction Survey and Annual Meeting

Co-op receives high marks and campaign finance reform on members’ minds

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager And CEOEarlier this year, a random sample of our members were selected to participate in a national customer satisfaction survey used by rural co-ops as well as top companies across the country. We participate in this every couple of years, and it is a great way to receive feedback and compare scores with others in our industry and beyond.

We recently received the scores and feedback from this process. While a lot of co-ops in the state saw their scores go down, I was proud to see our score went up from two years ago. Our score not only places us in the top-tier in our state, but top-tier in the nation.

This is a great achievement for our cooperative, and I’m so proud of our staff for their commitment to providing the best service possible. We will continue to work hard to get even better. Thank you for those who participated in the survey. We appreciate all of the positive and constructive feedback and our team will use this to continue to deliver upon our commitment to you.

While a lot of co-ops in the state saw their scores go down, I was proud to see our score went up from two years ago. Our score not only places us in the top-tier in our state, but top-tier in the nation.

I also want to thank all the members who voted in our annual election and participated in our annual meeting. We continue to see more voting participation online than when we did with the large in-person annual meeting event. The democratic process is working, and I look forward to working with the returning board members you have elected to represent you.

At this year’s annual meeting, we had a motion from the floor from a member regarding director campaign finance reform. The motion specifically called for board candidates to reveal campaign contributions from third-party sources. The motion was seconded by another member, and it will now go to the board who will work with legal counsel to come up with a formal bylaw all members can vote on at next year’s annual membership election.

We are seeing this kind of outside influence more than ever before, and the co-op has been aware of this and can confirm there have been active third-party attempts to influence our elections and director candidates.

As the general manager, I think this was a good directive by members. From my perspective, I don’t think outside groups with special agendas should help decide how our co-op operates. I think it’s bad business. We are a locally owned and operated utility, and we don’t need people who don’t even live around here trying to influence what we do.

There will be more to come on this leading up to next year’s election once the bylaw motion process is finalized and the details get figured out on how it would be implemented if passed.

I have always been impressed with our members. We have a diverse, intelligent, passionate and hard-working membership. The survey and annual meeting results are just more examples of our cooperative achieving our mission.

Continue to let us know if you have questions or need help with anything. On behalf of all of us at Platte-Clay, it is a privilege to serve you.

Dave Deihl Signature

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In The News

2024 Membership Election Results Announced

2024 Membership Election Results AnnouncedPlatte-Clay announced the results of its 2024 membership election at the co-op’s annual meeting held at its headquarters in Kearney, Mo., May 30.

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.

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.

West District Results

Dennis Fulk was re-elected in the West District (Buchanan and Platte Counties), receiving 533 votes. Teresa McClain received 240 votes and John B. Meyer received 193 votes. Fulk is a self-employed farmer and has served on the board of directors since 1993.

North District Results

Theresa Wren was re-elected in the North District (DeKalb, Clinton and Caldwell counties), receiving 925 votes. She was unopposed in the election. Wren is an accounting and finance industry executive and has served on the board since 2014.

South District Results

Kendall Davis was re-elected in the South District (Clay and Ray Counties), receiving 520 votes. Other candidates included Fred Ellermeier, who received 164 votes, J. Easel Roberts received 122 votes, and Rick Yoder received 148 votes. Davis is a professor of technology and instruction at Metropolitan Community College and has served on the board since 1991.

Following the meeting, the directors voted to keep the board officers unchanged. Davis will remain the board president. Wren will remain the vice president. Larry Leachman will remain the treasurer and Kim Goepferich is the secretary.

Links From The 2024 PCEC Annual Meeting

» Watch the Annual CEO Member Message

» Watch the Annual Meeting Livestream Replay on Facebook

» View Annual Report


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Electricity Provides Powerful Value

Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis
Board President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the membership for your support in the annual election. I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve you as PCEC Board President. I look forward to working with the other elected co-op directors to represent you as we renew our commitment to provide members with safe and reliable electricity.

As we all look for ways to save money in this age of increasing inflation, I began to think about my daily routine and how much value things provide me compared to the money I spend. A morning coffee can cost me up to $6, a fast-food combo with a burger, fries and a drink sets me back over $10, and my Netflix subscription is about $16 each month. It’s far too easy these days to spend a hundred dollars a week on food and entertainment and monthly this can end up being hundreds of dollars. And what is the real value—short-term satisfaction and a larger waistline?

The average daily cost of electricity is about $5.03, and the average monthly electric bill for members of Platte-Clay is $150.81. You can power your entire home every day for the price of a medium latte. With electricity in my home, I can brew my own coffee, cook my own meals, binge a series and talk to any of my family and friends on my cell phone. Now to me, that’s real value.

How Electricity Inflation Stacks UpElectricity provides benefits that we often take for granted. It goes well beyond short-term satisfaction by allowing us to charge devices and have cold food and hot water, all in a comfortable indoor climate. Besides the privilege it affords, electricity has also remained relatively cost-stable even amidst rising inflation.

As a member-owned cooperative, the Platte-Clay Directors do everything in our power to ensure your costs stay reasonable and that electricity remains a great value for our members. It’s not always easy, as there are several factors beyond inflation that impact the price of electricity—some within our control but most beyond it.

The cost of electricity can fluctuate due to supply and demand, infrastructure investment, maintenance and operational expenses. The power you consume is one aspect of charges you pay for, but it is easy to lose sight of the massive network of infrastructure required to generate power and transmit it across the region. All electric co-op members have to share in these costs to make the system reliable.

Weather patterns also contribute, affecting both demand and generation capabilities, with extreme conditions leading to heightened energy use or disruptions. Government policies, such as taxes and regulations on emissions or fuel sources, shape electricity costs as well. Your electric co-op considers all these aspects when adjusting rates, and because we’re a cooperative, we consider the impact of those costs on our members as well.

As our community continues to rely on electricity for nearly everything in our homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, we need it to be reliable and affordable. You can be assured, Platte-Clay always puts you top of mind and works each day to ensure electricity remains the best value for your money.

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