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Annual Meeting successful in Hulett By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing Communications After failing to achieve a quorum in 2012, the PRECorp members turned out in droves for the 2013 Annual Meeting Saturday, August 24 in Hulett. Tallies show 195 members registered and voted at the meeting in the Greater Hulett Community Center, with another 290 members casting proxy ballots. In the director election, incumbents Pam Kinchen (Johnson County), and Reuben Ritthaler (Weston County), were re-elected to three-year terms. Challenger Gerry Geis defeated incumbent Don Hamm and fellow challenger Charlene Camblin for the Campbell County director seat. Executive reports Members heard reports from PRECorp Board President Walt Christensen, Secretary-Treasurer Philip Habeck, CEO Mike Easley, and COO and Deputy General Manager Les Penning. The Wyoming Rural Electric Association Executive Director Shawn Taylor was a special guest speaker at the meeting to discuss grassroots efforts for the membership.

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CEO Easley addressed the membership in a townhall style speech, gathering input from the members and answering questions from the audience. He discussed the financial basis for a rate case filing currently before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The general rate increase, the first since 2008, is proposed to increase revenues by $6.9 million starting in March 2014. Habeck presented the 2012 financial data. Despite declining coal-bed methane sales, PRECorp is still 15th out of 815 cooperatives nationwide in total kilowatt hour sales, Habeck said. “We as directors are obligated and directed to maintain a financially strong and reliable electric utility at the lowest possible cost for you, the member owners,” Habeck said. “Dramatic changes continue to take place in the electric industry and nationwide. We are positioning your electric cooperative to remain a strong and competitive electric utility for the future.”

Call to action WREA Executive Director Shawn Taylor asked PRECorp members to get involved with the future of cooperatives and use their voice to move things in a positive direction. Taylor said there are many issues at the local, state and national level that can affect PRECorp’s ability to provide affordable, reliable power and help improve our community’s quality of life. Members are asked to join the WREA Grassroots Network in order to have your voice heard when such issues arise. To sign up, go to http://www.wyomingrea.org/issues/grassroots.php Surprise award Christensen made a special surprise presentation of the Earl Christensen Award to Reuben Ritthaler. Ritthaler is a 29-year director on the PRECorp Board, serving in various capacities. He is also PRECorp’s representative on the Basin Electric Board of Directors since 2001. “Reuben is all about the co-op,” Walt Christensen said. “His vast knowledge and willingness to learn more have provided him with many opportunities to work for the benefit of the membership of Powder River Energy Corporation with unrelenting focus on the ‘guy at the end of the line.’” Entertainment for the event was provided by country singer Paul Bogart and CEO Mike Easley. Hulett’s Red Rock Café and Floral Shop provided the centerpieces and the meal was catered by the Ponderosa Café of Hulett. Servers for the event were the Devils Tower FFA and the Moorcroft FCCLA. Many of PRECorp’s business partners contributed thousands of dollars in prizes, cash, frozen 4-H beef, and two kids bicycles for the event, which were given away at the end of the meeting.

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As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer suggestions and ideas regarding the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy.

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Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/ company-and-news.


The Powder River Energy offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Be a safe hunter Hunting season is upon us and Powder River Energy Corporation has the following tips for hunters. •

Do not place tree stands on utility poles and do not climb poles. Energized lines and equipment on the poles can conduct electricity to anyone who comes in contact with them, causing shock or electrocution.

Do not shoot at or near utility lines. That goes for any type of firearm, including pistols, rifles or shotguns. Since hunters using shotguns cannot control the spread pattern of a shot, stray shot can damage lines or other equipment. Not only could such damage cause outages, it could also cause the lines to fall, increasing the risk of shock or electrocution. Any bullet can damage the power delivery equipment, with immediate results or delayed chain reactions.

Do not fire toward utility poles, lines, transformers or other utility equipment. The damage you cause costs the members of PRECorp in outage response and repairs.

Call One-Call of Wyoming at 1-800-849-2476 at least two business days before you intend to dig and request the location of all underground facilities on public rights-of-way in the area of the construction or excavation. Be prepared with information about the scheduled time, location, and nature of your activity and the name of any contractor involved in the project. You may also have to pay for locates between meters and structures on private property. After the lines are located on both sides of the meter, you may proceed with the excavation. But remember if you know there are facilities in the area of your dig, you may need to take special care not to damage any lines or pipes and this may sometimes require hand digging as a precaution. Ignoring the line locations, or refusing to call before digging, could make the contractor, and/or you responsible for death, injury, multiple lawsuits and financial liability. Plan ahead. Call One-Call of Wyoming at 1-800-849-2476, at least 48-hours in advance of starting your project.

Upcoming Board meeting Because of scheduling conflicts with regional and national cooperative events, the Powder River Energy Board of Directors has moved its regular meeting date for October. The October meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, in Sundance.

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Keep wintery drafts out of your home by sealing cracks and gaps. Weather stripping around doors and windows works well when you can see daylight between the frame and the wall or floor. Use caulk to seal around the frames where you see gaps. For more tips and tricks, go to TogetherWeSave.com.

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Powder river energy corporation 221 Main Street • P.O. Box 930 • Sundance, WY 82729 1-800-442-3630 • Report an Outage: 1-888-391-6220

As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer suggestions and ideas regarding the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy.

www.precorp.coop

Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/ company-and-news.


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