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PRECorp Annual Meeting August 20 The 66th Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 20, at the Upton Community Center (at 917 North Highway 116), in Upton, Wyo. The event will feature entertainment by humorist Bob Farmer followed by the business meeting. PRECorp members should attend to hear a recap of the past year and strategies for the coming year. PRECorp officials will present annual reports, and director elections will be held for three three-year terms. Door prizes and attendance gifts will also be handed out during the afternoon.

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Members suffer when vandals and thieves strike PRECorp By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing/Communications Specialist All it takes is one bullet to put hundreds of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) members in the dark. A recent act of vandalism brought that point home when someone fired at a PRECorp substation in northern Crook County on Sunday, March 27. More than 270 PRECorp members in Crook and Campbell counties lost electricity because the shooting damaged the substation’s main transformer. Although power was restored on an interim basis a few hours later, costly long-term repairs may be necessary. Crook County authorities are investigating the incident and PRECorp is hopeful a $10,000 reward could entice someone to step forward with information. If anyone has any information about this specific incident, call your local law enforcement office. If you notice anyone causing damage to PRECorp facilities, call 911 immediately. PRECorp is taking a firm stance against this type of behavior. “Powder River Energy Corpora-

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tion is committed to providing lowcost, high-quality power to its members, and an incident such as this is unacceptable,” said PRECorp CEO Mike Easley. “Vandalism of this nature is extremely dangerous to our membership,” said PRECorp Vice-President of System Operations Dave Sutter. “Our crews work very hard in all conditions to provide high-quality power, and man-made outages such as this put them at risk, and create unnecessary hardships for our members.” When your cooperative’s equipment is damaged, it is as if that person is damaging something in your home. As PRECorp members, we share ownership in this equipment equally and acts of vandalism come at a cost to us all. Crimes can also involve theft of metals from our facilities. We need your help to keep our equipment safe, prevent outages and save lives. If you see anyone other than our utility personnel or contractors around substations or other electric facilities, call the police.

Be safe with lines and machinery Working outside with machinery is hard work, and it can be dangerous too. People who work in construction and agriculture can be electrocuted when large machinery comes into contact with overhead power lines. Often, the situation occurs because a newer, bigger piece of equipment no longer clears a line the way a smaller one did. In addition, shifting soil may affect whether or not machinery avoids power lines from year to year. The following tips will help keep everyone safe: • Look over work areas carefully for overhead power lines and utility poles. • Make sure you have ample clearance when moving large machinery such as combines, grain augers, pickers, bailers, and front-end loaders. Do this every year as equipment sizes or soil conditions may change. • Store large equipment properly if near or under power lines. When planning new construction, factor in existing power lines. • Be extra careful when working around trees and brush; they often make it difficult to see power lines. • Train all farm workers and construction crews to keep an eye out for overhead power lines.

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 PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/news.


PRECorp Smart Grid project ramping up for busy construction season By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing/Communications Specialist

“We are as busy as ever,” Eliason said. “By the end of September, we should have the microwave network in place and on the air.” The United States Department The power grid management of Energy (DOE) partially funded system that communicates with the Smart Grid in partnership with invisible radio waves will soon PRECorp. Having DOE support have visible progress as construcand oversight gave PRECorp the tion crews move dirt and put steel opportunity to meet and exceed towers in the air across the Powthe federal expectations. While der River Energy Corporation the project is more than 60-percent service territory. complete, Eliason said it is well The network will improve ahead of the DOE time frame. “We monitoring and control of substaare doing very well from a schedtions by giving immediate notice ule perspective. We are also right in of outages, improving the abilline with the budget,” he said. ity to pinpoint faults, dispatchWhile much of the technoling line crews and reducing outogy associated with the project age times. PRECorp will also be is state-of-the-art, PRECorp has equipped to monitor substation successfully contracted three local performance and install security companies - Collins Communifeatures at the substations. cations, Inc, QEI and Microwave According to PRECorp DirecNetworks, Inc. - to provide the mator of Smart Grid Development terial and labor for the project. Steve Eliason, this year will be This SCADA communications tower site DOE officials will visit PRECorp dedicated to installing the Super- in Crook County, Wyo., is staked and in June to review the progress. visory Control and Data Acquisi- ready for construction work in 2011 as Government officials have already tion (SCADA) equipment in 26 part of the Powder River Energy Corporation Smart Grid project. noted the unique aspects of the substations, bringing the total to PRECorp project which include a 30 throughout the territory. This manageable scope and serving critical infrastructure in project will also entail putting up microwave and radio a sparsely populated area. communications towers.

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Operation RoundUp® helps Powder River Energy Foundation fulfill its mission One of the funding sources for the Powder River Energy Foundation is PRECorp’s Operation RoundUp® program. There are also special fundraisers that bring in additional funds. The foundation is governed by a voluntary board appointed by PRECorp’s Board of Directors. The Foundation was formed to extend the charitable reach of PRECorp, according to Foundation Executive Director Les Penning. “Operation RoundUp® was developed to give back to the communities we serve,” he said. “The program relies on the generosity of PRECorp members and is one more way we can

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support the communities we serve.” On average, each member gives roughly $6 per year through the Operation RoundUp® program. All donations are tax-deductible and can be tracked on the account’s monthly bill. “We would ask that you encourage others to support this worthy program and help us to help our communities,” Penning said. If you are a PRECorp member and haven’t already enrolled in Operation RoundUp®, please do so today. Donors who are not members of PRECorp may also support the Foundation by making a one-time or annual contribution by calling 800-442-3630.

Four ways to join Operation RoundUp® • Fill out the sign-up card in this issue of the WREN • Check the enrollment box on your payment invoice • Go to www.precorp.coop and sign up on line • Call the PRECorp Customer Service Department at 1-800-442-3630

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 PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/news.


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