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PRESS RELEASE Contact: Peter Rossi, 307-283-4933 Powder River Energy Corporation Wednesday, August 3, 2011 IMAGES ATTACHED: Hugh Cook

Hugh Cook to represent Wyoming at national meeting SUNDANCE, Wyo. - Hugh Cook brought his rural electric cooperative story from the plains of northeastern Wyoming to peers in Washington, D.C., and impressed them all. Cook distinguished himself at the July 16-20 Youth Leadership Council (YLC) at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Arlington, Va. He earned the trip when his Wyoming peers selected him as the state’s delegate from the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in D.C. in June. Part of his YLC responsibilities included the writing of a speech reflecting upon the Youth Tour and its relevance to his life. From the 42-member YLC, Cook’s speech was deemed the best. For his honor, he will attend the NRECA Annual Meeting in San Diego March 1-9, 2012. Cook, a 2011 Moorcroft High School graduate, said he was a little overwhelmed by the task of giving the speech. Many of the other speakers Cook was up against are speech and journalism students. “I’m from rural Wyoming. I had never really had any speech experience before,” Cook said. “At first, I thought my speech was kind of a dud.” Cook’s speech ties the World War II Memorial and the Holocaust Museum to his family ranch in Wyoming. He also discusses the positive impact rural electrification has had on the family ranching operation. When Cook returned to his seat, he received praise from the audience, his peers and the judges. “It’s an honor to represent the state of Wyoming and Powder River Energy,” he said. In San Diego, Cook will lead the parade of states in NRECA ceremonies. He will also be the YLC official spokesperson at the meeting, which draws up to 8,000 NRECA members. Cook will attend Central Wyoming College in Riverton this fall, majoring in broadcast journalism in search of a radio or television career. Cook’s family is a member of Powder River Energy Corporation. Powder River Energy Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving the five northeast counties of Wyoming including Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston. The electric cooperative has more than 160 employees and more than 12,100 members. Approximately 28,700 meters are served across more than 16,200 square miles of northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Contact: Peter Rossi, 307-283-4933 Powder River Energy Corporation 1-800-442-3630 -30- 221 MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 93...