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Issue 82 • October 2019

MEMBER NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020

STAYING CONNECTED UPCOMING EVENTS Annual General Meetings: October 20 - Lethbridge October 21 - Red Deer October 22 - Onoway EQUS event information is available online at equs.ca/members/events

NO MORE METER READS!

EQUS is pleased to be able to announce that the installation of our Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is nearly complete. Beginning this month, there is no longer a need for any EQUS members to read their meter or send any information in for billing, the reading submitted in September was the last one! The new smart meters will record consumption every 15 minutes, and transmit that data to EQUS over a secure network. Each meter has a unique identification number which is included in the encrypted data, ensuring that the reading is linked to the correct account. The meters will also notify EQUS in the event of an outage, allowing EQUS staff to easily identify the affected areas and respond faster. Please continue reporting outages by phone, or in the MyEQUS mobile app and member portal to ensure a timely response. The meters will also share usage data that can help members better manage demand and help EQUS plan for system maintenance and growth. This innovative network is the first ultra-rural smart grid in Canada, and EQUS is proud to have the support of our members in the testing and deployment of these smart meters. We are looking forward to the conveniences and opportunities this system will provide for our co-operative in the future.


2020 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of EQUS' 2020 high school scholarships! We received many applications this year, and the top two male and female applicants were chosen by a committee to receive a $1,500 scholarship as they begin their first year of post-secondary school.

Successful applicants were chosen based on their academic accomplishments, community involvement, and personal endeavors as detailed in their application essay and letters of reference. Grads of 2021 will be eligible next year! Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply for EQUS scholarships at equs.ca/community/scholarships.

Jared Edwards

Wade Mastel

Graduate of Willow Creek Composite High School, Claresholm

Graduate of St. Michael's School, Bow Island

Enrolled in Culinary Arts at Lethbridge College

Enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting at University of Calgary

Sadie Jeffries

Rheann Nagel

Graduate of H.J. Cody School, Sylvan Lake

Graduate of Lacombe Composite High School

Enrolled in Bachelor of Science, Nursing at Red Deer College

Enrolled in Bachelor of Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Red Deer College

Central Area Walk-In Bill Payments With EQUS' new Corporate Office now open in Innisfail, approximately half of EQUS' 70 employees that previously worked in the Central Area Office have now moved over to the new Corporate Office at 5120 - 40 Ave. EQUS members who are looking to drop off bill payments or speak to the team about their existing or new services should continue to go to the Central Area Office which is located across from the Innisfail Arena at 5803 - 42 Street.

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You’re Invited to....

A Drive-In Annual General Meeting! Join us for a drive-in AGM! Learn about EQUS' successes and goals on the big screen from the comfort of your own vehicle. Attendees will have the opportunity to review the annual report and financials and hear from the CEO, Board Chair, and incoming and outgoing Directors. The drive-in experience will be complete with audio in your vehicle and snacks! The health and safety of EQUS members, their guests, and the rural communities that EQUS serves is important to the EQUS Board of Directors and the Drive-In AGMs have been planned with the health and safety of our members as the top priority. These meetings will be compliant with all public health orders.

Lethbridge October 20, 2020 Exhibition Park (parking lot) 3401 Parkside Dr S

Red Deer October 21, 2020 Westerner Park (parking lot) 4847A 19 St

Onoway October 22, 2020 Onoway Curling Club (parking lot) 5507 Lac St Anne Trail S Registration at 5:30 p.m. Meeting at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP:

Please call 1.888.211.4011 and speak to your Member Service Administrator, or email Megan Hanson, EQUS Event Specialist, at mhanson@equs.ca prior to October 11, 2020. Pre-registration is required to ensure compliance with public health orders. Alberta Health Services requires the following precautions be in place at our event to prevent the spread of COVID-19: •

No individuals who are currently ill or required to self-isolate are permitted to attend.

Drive-in events must minimize the number of people outside of a vehicle. Due to these restrictions, attendees must stay in their vehicles for the duration of the event and washroom access will be limited.

One household unit per vehicle. Household units should not be picking up other friends or family for the event.

For the latest information, guidance, and resources on COVID-19 visit alberta.ca/COVID19

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ELECTRICITY

2021 Board of Director Nominations The EQUS Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for Directors for 2021. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Director, or if you would like to obtain a nomination package, you can do so by contacting Nicole Tymchak, Senior Executive Assistant: Phone: 403.227.7534 Email: ntymchak@equs.ca Completed nomination packages must be received by December 15, 2020 to be considered.

GENERATION

TRANSMISSION

SUB-STATION

EQUS will always be your distribution link to your energy supplier

DISTRIBUTION Choose EQUS or any other energy retailer to purchase your electricity

In August, EQUS staff donated a total of 56 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to be given to rural students in EQUS' Service Area. Matt and James from EQUS' Medicine Hat Office dropped off half of the donated backpacks and supplies at Bow Island Elementary, and the other half were donated to A.B. Daley School in Nanton.

RETAIL Your retailer will bill you for the energy, transmission, and distribution used.

Members are free to purchase electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta). To report a power outage in your area, or for other services such as construction or vegetation management, please call your local Area Office.

Corporate Office 1.888.211.4011

North Area Office 1.888.627.4011

Central Area Office 1.877.527.4011

South Area Office 1.888.565.5445

Mailing Address: Box 6199, 5803 42 Street, Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8

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