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October 2023 | Volume 85 | Issue 10

A Royal Lineman

Manager's Report

Electric Co-ops Grow For The Communities They Serve

From the General Manager

Dave Deihl PCEC General Manager

Dave Deihl, General Manager / CEO

October is National Co-op Month, and Platte-Clay is joining cooperatives across the U.S. to celebrate. Co-ops come in all shapes and sizes, but they each have a common goal: to provide goods or services for the members of the co-op.

Electric co-ops, including Platte-Clay, exist to serve their members. Our priority is to provide affordable, reliable energy to our local communities. Because we are led by you, the members we serve, we can evolve to meet your needs.

One of the recent ways PCEC has evolved is by offering member appreciation events around our service area. I’ve been thrilled to attend these gatherings and meet so many of our members.

Food is a great way to bring people together, and our Platte City and Kearney fish frys along with our pancakes in Perkins Park events served up delicious meals.

Platte-Clay Fish Fry

Dave visits with members at the Platte City fish fry Sept. 8.

I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from our members at the events. It really makes me proud to serve our co-op and see it continue to grow successfully.

This October, as we celebrate Co-op Month, we’re focusing on the ways “Co-ops Grow” for their members.

CO-OPS GROW COMMUNITIES: Co-ops help communities grow by promoting economic empowerment, fostering community engagement and supporting the unique needs of co-op members. “Concern for Community” is one of our core principles––and being community-focused is essential to everything we do.

CO-OPS GROW TOGETHER: Co-ops are all about cooperation, not competition. That’s why electric co-ops work together to share lessons learned, successful strategies and better ways to serve our members. We’re better when we grow together!

Contact General ManagerCO-OPS GROW TOMORROW’S LEADERS: Electric co-ops serve as fertile ground for growing tomorrow’s leaders through a variety of youth engagement programs. Whether through school demonstrations, community events or the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program, we’re committed to providing opportunities for local youth to learn and thrive in our community and beyond.

CO-OPS GROW FOR YOU: At Platte-Clay, your satisfaction is our number one goal. It’s why we were formed many years ago to fulfill a uniquely local purpose. We’ve come a long way since then, and your needs continue to evolve. That’s why we’ll never stop growing for you!


Spooky Energy Savings

Playing it Safe Online

Cybersecurity Awareness Month tips to protect your family

Ed Williams

Ed Williams
Information Technology Manager

In today’s world, most of us don’t leave the front door unlocked. We protect our homes, loved ones and valuables from intruders with locks, alarms and other security measures. Cybersecurity is no different. It’s the practice of protecting other valuables such as your identity, banking and health records and other sensitive information from digital attacks and theft.

In addition to pumpkin-spice lattes, crisper air and Halloween festivities, October is the time of year we recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While taking necessary steps to protect our personal information is a year-round practice, at Platte-Clay, we use this time to share helpful cybersecurity reminders across our team of employees.

Given our increased reliance on internet-connected devices and gadgets, this month, I’d like to share a few cybersecurity tips and let you know how Platte-Clay is working to boost our own cybersecurity efforts.

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for strengthening cybersecurity and infrastructure protection, these are the four best ways to keep you and your family safe online.

1. Implement multi-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification) on your accounts. The additional layer of protection makes it much harder for criminals to access your information. Even if a hacker obtains your password, they may be unable to access your accounts if multi-step verification is enabled.

2. Update your software. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your personal data. When downloading a software update, make sure it’s coming straight from the company that created it. Beware of fake pop-ups that request urgent downloads. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.

3. Think before you click. Most successful cyber attacks start with a phishing email. Don’t take the bait when cyber criminals go phishing. Avoid emails (or texts) that look too good to be true, oddly urgent, poorly crafted or include unusual requests.

4. Create strong passwords, using long, unique and complex words or phrases. Consider using a password manager to save time, work across all devices, protect your identity and notify you of potential phishing websites.

For the young people in your household
Just as you would talk with your children about safety in the physical world, discuss ways to stay safe online. Help them understand the public nature of the internet. Young people need to know early on, that what is shared online stays online and is difficult (if not impossible) to take back. Just as you would guard your money or valuables, children need to learn to guard their personal information, especially on social networks. As a parent or guardian, help your children learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks and gaming sites.

Keeping the electric grid and your data secure
We’re doing our share on the cyber front. Part of offering excellent service is keeping that service secure and reliable. For Platte-Clay, reliability means repairing wear-and-tear, upgrading our equipment to withstand storms and severe weather and using technology and best practices to keep our system secure from cybersecurity issues. We also work together with co-ops across the country to develop new technologies and infrastructure, learn from each other and keep the grid’s network secure.

While we can’t stop a storm or predict every disruption, as a co-op, we do everything we can to keep the lights on and our members protected. Because if we all do our part, our interconnected world will be safer and more secure for everyone.

Platte-Clay Moments

Images from PCEC’s two member appreciation events held in September in Platte City and Plattsburg.

Safety Poster Contest For Third Graders

SUBMISSIONS DUE BY OCTOBER 31

During National Co-op Month in October, Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative is sponsoring a safety poster contest for third graders in the communities we serve. Safety is at the forefront of everything our Cooperative does for its consumer-members. PCEC is continually working to increase electrical safety awareness for our youngest members.

Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and featured in an upcoming Northland Connection. The top three winners will receive a prize. Three teachers will also win a $100 gift card for their classroom!

Submission guidelines

  • Submit original artwork on 8.5×11 inch paper
  • Poster must use the theme, “How do I stay safe around electricity?”
  • Print the child’s name, phone number, school and teacher on back of poster
  • One entry per student
  • Posters must be received no later than October 31, 2023

Three options to submit entries

  • Mail poster to: Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 100, Kearney, MO 64060
  • Hand-deliver to our Kearney or Platte-City office
  • Scan poster and email to AmandaM@pcec.coop

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The Northland Connection is published monthly by Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc., 1000 W. 92 Highway, Kearney, MO 64060. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Northland Connection, PO Box 100, Kearney, MO 64060 or mail@pcec.coop.

Platte-Clay is an equal opportunity employer.