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Power Lines Official Publication of Powder River Energy Corporation

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CEO STRAIGHT TALK BY

MIKE EASLEY

This month our country celebrates Independence Day against the back drop of a very complicated world. I do not think anyone could question the fact that in addition to being complicated our world is very troubled at the present time. If we step back and look at the big picture, politics aside, I am sure that you would agree that we do have a pretty good thing here in the United States of America. Just like anything there is always room for improvement, but we live a life that is certainly heads and shoulders above some of our neighbors around the world. I believe that our country is a land of opportunity, and that there still is an American dream to be lived by each of us every day. The electric cooperative movement across the country continues to be an example of the American dream. Powder River Energy Corporation is one small piece of that American dream that we live each and every day. Think about it. Through your electric cooperative, its governance, its financial structure, and the people that have dedicated their lives to its cause, we are living a piece of the American dream. Do you think the founding fathers of Pow“If you are someone who has been der River Energy and its with this electric cooperative since predecessor electric cothe ‘early’ years, I would like to hear operatives, Tri County Electric Association and the story of how power came to your Sheridan-Johnson REA, place and the impact it has had on could have imagined your life.” what Powder River Energy and the national electric cooperative movement would be like today? Perhaps only in their wildest dreams! Today, electric cooperatives serve 36 million people across 48 states in 2,500 of the 3,141 counties across the county. Electric cooperatives also own 43% of the nation’s electrical distribution system. It’s a big dream come true, isn’t it? Every dream has a bit of magic and good luck that helps it come true. It is no different for us at Powder River Energy. The magic that we have at Powder River Energy goes back to our founders, those ranchers who had vision, determination, and yes, a big dose of independence. Were it not for those folks, where would we all be today? The vision, determination, and independence of our past must not stop there. We must find a way to capture that and to use it for our future; otherwise our piece of the American dream could slip away. It would not happen all at once in some sort of disastrous event, but over time, just the way a large hill crumbles in the face of time. We need to share electric cooperative story with the next generation. They need to understand what we are and why we are here. This is never more CEO Straight Talk continued on back page >>>

July, 2004

PRECorp 2004 Annual Meeting Powder River Energy’s 2004 Annual Membership Meeting will be held in Sundance on Saturday, September 18th. Plans are underway for a lunch, entertainment, director elections, and an informative business meeting. We will be providing complimentary bus transportation from Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, and Moorcroft to Sundance. Watch for more details in the next issue of the Power Lines and in the Annual Membership Meeting Notice which will be mailed at the end of August. Power Lines A publication of Powder River Energy Corp. P. O. Box 930 Sundance, WY 82729 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. Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on Powder River Energy’s website at: www.precorp.coop/reports. htm. Power Lines Editor: Mike Blenkush


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apparent than at your electric cooperative’s Annual Membership Meetings. The ranks are growing thin. Where is the next generation who will attend the meeting, provide the governance we need, and keep our dream alive? Your next Annual Membership Meeting is on September 18, 2004 in Sundance at the high school. Between now and then I would very much like to hear your story. If you are someone who has been with this electric cooperative since the “early” years, I would like to hear the story of how power came to your place and the impact it has had on your life. I would also like you to look around at your neighbors and discuss coming to your annual membership meeting. We need to tell your story; we need to build your electric cooperative’s future. The annual membership meeting is very important to the livelihood of your organization and its future. Find someone who has not ever attended, and invite them to spend a day with us, living the dream and building for the future. Thanks!

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Simple ways to reduce energy use on hot summer days: ♦ Don’t use the oven; instead prepare meals that don’t add additional heat to your home. ♦ Close curtains, window shades or blinds early in the day to block direct sunlight. ♦ Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the air conditioner thermostat at night or when the home is unoccupied. Save one percent per degree you raise your temperature for an eight-hour period. ♦ Use fans! Fans cool through circulation and ventilation. ♦ Minimize hot water use, it produces heat and humidity.

Powder River Energy to host 2004 “Power on the Greens” Golf Benefit at Buffalo, WY Golf Course Powder River Energy, in conjunction with other electric cooperative members of Wyoming Rural Electric Association, will be hosting the 2004 Annual Electric Lineman Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament. Participating sponsors and golfers will be able to enjoy golf at the golf course in Buffalo, Wyoming. The golf tournament will be held Saturday, August 21, 2004. The tournament provides funding for a scholarship that will be used to send young people to certified electric lineman schools. Last year’s fundraising event enabled 5 deserving students from the state of Wyoming to attend an accredited line worker training school. The event also provides a local, regional, and national networking forum for those in the energy industry. An entry fee of $40.00 will cover golf, cart, and dinner. Prizes will also be awarded. Corporate sponsorships are available. The tournament is open to the public. For more information contact: Kristin Kelly, PRECorp Communications Specialist, 1-800-442-3630 ext. 2362; or email: kristink@precorp.coop. Entry forms are also available on line at www.precorp.coop.


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