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West River Electric July 2018 Vol. 19 No. 3

Navigating Emerging Efficiency Technologies Page 8

Savings to Count On Page 12


The weather I am referring to!

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde! I wrote last month about our abnormally cold April, and now I sit here on Memorial Day weekend and it is 90+. We will go from strong heating sales to strong air conditioning sales. I wonder what July 4 will be. Thinking of Memorial Day, it will be well after Memorial Day when this hits the presses. However, I hope you all took time to just stop and think about what Memorial Day is all about. This day is to remember those who have died while serving in the military. I have mentioned before that my Dad served in World War II in the Pacific theater. He was one of the fortunate ones to be able to come back home. He told very few stories. As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate even more the sacrifices that he and so many others have made, and make, for our country. Being killed in the line of duty is the ultimate sacrifice.

Dick Johnson dick.johnson@westriver.coop

I would like to thank all of those who serve, or have served, in our military.

Some of you may receive, or have already received, a survey from us in the mail. It went out to 1,200 of our members. It should have our logo and letterhead in the information. In the letter it asked you to fill out a short survey on your perceptions on solar. It asks questions whether you think we should be selling or promoting items like solar panels or systems for a remote water well. One of the main points of the survey is to gauge if there is interest in West River doing a “community solar” project. This was a part of our renewable energy strategy goal for 2018 that came from our Board strategic planning session almost two years ago. Many coops around the country have pursued these programs very successfully. A community solar project allows our members the opportunity to own solar panels, but they aren’t on the member’s house or property. West River would construct the project. Members would then buy solar panels for a set price, say $1,200 per panel, and then receive a credit on their bill each month for the amount of green solar energy that was produced from these panels. This takes the risk out of it for you, the member, and you don’t have solar panels on your roof or property. 1293800The survey will gauge if there is enough interest to move forward. Candidly, you never fully recovery your investment over their 20 year expected life span, but you will own green, renewable energy we can use to power the members’ homes and businesses. The survey will give us some direction on which way to proceed with the initiative. I would strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and answer the survey online or on paper. If you didn’t get a survey, you can let me or one of our other employees know if you would be interested in investing in a project like this. We greatly appreciate your time if you did receive a survey. In closing, I would again like to thank all those who serve, or have served, in Traveling Vietnam Wall , scaled down model our military. of the actual Washington D.C. memorial With to fallen Vietnam Soldiers displayed at the Ellsworth Buffflo Chip in 2011. Air Force Base right in our territory, the military has just a little more significance than maybe some other areas of the country. Have a safe and happy summer!


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Left to right: porcelain pin, polymer pin, post suspension, polymer 6” suspension and 6” porcelain.

INSULATORS What Are They & What Do They Do? Mike Letcher mike.letcher@westriver.coop

Insulators are a necessity on electrical transmission and distribution circuits. While underground cables are wrapped in insulation overhead wires are bare. In order for them to transmit power without shorting out to the structures supporting them, they are mounted using insulators. As the name implies, the insulator insulates the wire from the support structure.

A tree of old transformers displayed by Edgar Simon.

There are many types of insulators, but the most commonly used here at West River are pin, post, and suspension. They also come in two material types, porcelain and polymer. Pin insulators are threaded on the underside and screw onto either a crossarm pin or pole top pin. The pins bolt to the cross arm or poletop and have a threaded lead top that screws into the insulator. This makes changing the insulators out quick and easy. Post insulators are similar but have the mounting hardware as part of the insulator itself. They are then bolted to the pole or to the crossarm. The advantage of the post insulator is added strength. The final type is the suspension insulator. These typically hang down from a crossarm or maybe in line with the conductor where it is attached to a pole. 10536600The older, porcelain style were especially versatile as you could just connect a number of them in a “string” to get the desired insulation level. The newer polymer style, as well as the pin and post styles need to be ordered in the proper insulation level for their application. While all the insulator styles are incredibly durable they are susceptible to vandalism (gunshots) and lightning. A failed insulator will cause the circuit to short out resulting in an outage. July 2018 | Cooperative Connections



Safety Before and After Storms Severe storms are more common in the spring and summer, but they can occur any time of year. Be prepared for storms and know how to stay safe.

Before the storm: „ Assemble a kit of essentials, like water, battery-operated flashlights, and radios. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers, including the electric utility. „ If severe weather is on its way, pay attention to local weather reports and recommendations. A tornado or severe storm watch means conditions are favorable for those weather conditions forming. A warning means dangerous weather conditions are imminent. „ Lightning can travel up to 10 miles away from a storm, so seek shelter when you hear thunder. „ Consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) or purchasing a portable GFCI. GFCIs detect dangerous electrical situations and cut off power before a person can be shocked. These dangerous electrical situations are likely to occur around water, so GFCIs should be installed in bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements and outdoors – anywhere water and electricity may meet. „ If power goes out, switch off lights, large electronics and appliances to prevent overloading circuits and damaging appliances when power is restored. Leave one lamp or switch on as a signal for when your power returns.

After the storm:

„ When venturing outside, stay away from downed power lines and be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. Assume any dangling wires you encounter are energized and dangerous. Warn others to stay away and contact the electric utility. „ If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle, warn others to stay away and contact emergency personnel or electric utility. Also, when driving, be careful at intersections where traffic lights may be out. Stop at all railroad crossings and treat road intersections with traffic signals as a four-way stop before proceeding with caution. „ Before re-entering storm-damaged buildings or rooms, be sure all electric and gas services are turned off. Never attempt to turn off power at the breaker box if you must stand in water to do so. If you can’t reach your breaker box safely, call your electric utility to shut off power at the meter. „ Never step into a flooded basement or other area if water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords. Be alert to any electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with water. Never touch electrical appliances, cords or wires while you are wet or standing in water. „ Do not use water-damaged electric items until a qualified electrician has inspected them and ensured they are safe. „ When using a portable generator, follow all manufacturers’ recommendations. Keep the generator dry and never plug it into a wall outlet or directly into the home’s wiring. This could inadvertently energize the utility lines and injure yourself or others working to restore power. „ A permanent standby generator should be professionally installed and include a transfer switch to prevent electricity from leaving

your generator and going into power lines where it can kill line workers.

Source: safeelectricity.org 4

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“Don’t fly kites near power lines.” Sophia Bad Warrior, Second-grader at Dupree Public School

Sophia is the daughter of Dugan and Peg Bad Warrior, Dupree, S.D. They are members of Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative, Timber Lake, S.D. Kids, send your drawing with an electrical safety tip to your local electric cooperative (address found on Page 3). If your poster is published, you’ll receive a prize. All entries must include your name, age, mailing address and the names of your parents. Colored drawings are encouraged.


Delectable Desserts Rhubarb Dessert

Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars

1 white cake mix

1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry jello

2-1/2 cups flour

4 cups diced rhubarb

Whipped topping

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup sugar Prepare cake according to package directions. Spread in a 9x13-inch pan. Layer rhubarb over cake batter. Sprinkle with sugar and dry jello. Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with Cool Whip. Pam Hofer, Carpenter, SD

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup white sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cream of tarter

2 cups butter-flavored Crisco

2 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt 3-1/2 cups flour 12 oz. chocolate chips

Cream together the first 5 ingredients; add next 5 ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on air bake pan at 350°F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Let set a few minutes before removing from pan. Sharon Sunvold, Renville, MN

Honey Bun Cake 1 yellow cake mix

1 T. cinnamon

4 eggs


2/3 cup vegetable oil

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 (8 oz.) container sour cream

3 T. butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

2 T. milk (or to desired consistency)

Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and sour cream. Pour 1/2 of batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter in prepared pan. Pour remaining batter over top of cinnamon mixture. Run a butter knife through to marble the batter. Bake at 350°F. for 45 minutes. Let cake set 5 minutes, then frost with icing. For icing, mix together powdered sugar, butter and milk; pour over cake. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Sheryl Fromm, Hartford, SD

1 tsp. McCormick® Pure Almond Extract

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into chunks

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup raspberry preserves

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 egg Mix flour, sugars, baking soda and salt in food processor until well blended. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix egg and almond extract in small bowl. Add to food processor while pulsing. Reserve 1/3 of crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an even layer in foil-lined 9x13-inch baking pan. Spread raspberry preserves over top. Sprinkle clumps of the reserved crumb mixture over preserves. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 350°F. 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 24 servings. Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 175, Total Fat 7g, Sodium 129mg, Cholesterol 23mg, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 2g, Dietary Fiber 1g Pictured, Cooperative Connections

Mother’s Day Pie 1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 T. all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1/4 tsp. salt

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

6 T. butter, melted

1 cup shredded coconut

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in butter and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in evaporated milk followed by coconut. Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch pie plate or quiche pan. Bake at 325°F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until custard is nearly set and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool. Refrigerate before serving. Joy Hagen, Webster, SD

Please send your favorite salad, garden produce and pasta recipes to your local electric cooperative (address found on Page 3). Each recipe printed will be entered into a drawing for a prize in December 2018. All entries must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and cooperative name. July 2018 | Cooperative Connections



BYLAW CHANGES Board of Director Recommendations West River Electric is guided by the Bylaws which are set by the membership of West River Electric Association. These Bylaws have not had any major changes in many years, and the recommendation came from our attorney that they be reviewed and recommended changes be presented to the membership. We brought together a committee of Board of Directors and members at large to review them and make recommended changes. In order for these recommendations to be changed it must be voted on at the Annual Meeting on October 13, 2018 at the Community Center in Wall, SD. Before the vote is to take place, we feel it is important that we present the recommendations to the entire membership and give you the opportunity to review 614300them. If you have any questions or concerns we would ask that you contact West River Electric at 605-279-2135 or 605-393-1500 and ask to visit with a member of the management team. They will in-turn take your comments and concerns to the Board of Directors for feedback and consideration.


The recommended changes can be viewed at http://westriver. coop/content/bylaws or you can request a copy of the ByLaws be sent to you either by electronic mail or by USPS mail.

Patriotism in Action

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, patriotism is “the love for or devotion to one’s country.” Perhaps no other day of the year evokes such a sense of patriotism than Independence Day. With flags rippling in the wind––red, white and blue bunting adorning porches and store fronts and local parades and marching bands on display, it’s easy to feel a swell of pride for our country. Arguably, another, perhaps deeper form of patriotism is active engagement in public and civic life. Involvement in your town promotes a richer community life, and ensures that institutions thrive and communities remain vibrant and inviting places to live work and play. Besides being enjoyable, your participation in community events and activities, together with your friends, neighbors and co-workers makes a difference. Simple things like supporting a bake sale or attending a local high school event signals to the young people in your community that you care and support them, and that the community itself is worth sustaining. You may recall that one of our most important cooperative principles is that of democratic participation. If you pay your bill, you are a member of the co-op with an opportunity to provide input through voting during our annual meeting.


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West River Electric, like other types of co-ops, originated to serve a need that was not being met by traditional for-profit electric companies. While providing reliable electricity is our top priority, we are exploring other needs that might not be met otherwise – renewable energy options, like community solar. We make decisions based on long-term thinking – what decisions will benefit the larger community in which we operate? One of the best ways you can engage with your co-op is by casting your vote when it’s time to elect board members. These are folks just like you, from our community, who provide guidance to co-op leadership on a myriad of issues and decisions both short term and long term. Perhaps you haven’t voted in the past because you didn’t think you were qualified to weigh in on a particular topic, or maybe you simply didn’t have time to vote. But you do have an opinion on the issues that affect our community and West River Electric wants your particular perspective. The next opportunity to vote in the board election is October 13, 2018 at the Annual Meeting at the Community Center in Wall, SD. I would argue that voting, whether in the co-op or in local and national elections is a form of patriotism, as it reflects a devotion to one’s community and commitment to ensure that it thrives. Democracy is not a spectator sport; it takes active civic engagement by citizens to thrive. This Independence Day, I hope you will embrace the local celebrations and actively participate in your community!

Put the power of your electric cooperative in your hands! You have the power in your hands! West Southeastern Electric Cooperative members can now Rivertheir Electric members have the ability to monitor electric usage – and more – with a simple monitor your electricapp. use, pay your bill and download of the SmartHub

more with a simple app called Smarthub. Go on-line, download it today. If you have any questions call us at 279-2135 or 393-1500.

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New and emerging technologies are continuously offering innovative ways to effectively manage and reduce energy consumption. Unfortunately, not all technologies can live up to their hype. Your local electric co-op can help you navigate these emerging technologies and provide the most cost-effective and beneficial energy management solutions.


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NAVIGATING Emerging Efficiency Technologies Kaley Lockwood National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Investing in energy efficient technology is becoming an increasingly attractive way to cut costs for homeowners and renters alike. This rings true especially in the deep heat of summer. Hotter days often result in higher energy bills, partially due to A/C units working overtime to keep homes cooled and comfortable.

Electric cooperatives know it’s important to help our members navigate these emerging technologies and provide the most cost-effective and beneficial energy management solutions.

New and emerging technologies are continuously offering innovative ways to effectively manage and reduce a home’s energy consumption. Smart thermostats, for example, have proven their worth in shaving 10 to 15 percent off an average home’s electric bill. These thermostats, in time, will effectively pay for themselves which make them an attractive option to many. Unfortunately, not all technologies can live up to their hype and some even come with side effects that can arguably overshadow their benefits. The Mistbox Air Conditioner Cooler is one such technology. Mistbox claims to save its customers between 20 to 38 percent on their electricity bills. This technology requires a simple installation to a home’s outdoor A/C unit and works by spraying a mist to precool the air around the unit. In using this evaporative cooling method, you’re a/C unit theoretically doesn’t have to work as hard to pump cool air into your home. This may be beneficial when air temperature is at its highest. In the short term Mistbox may work, but there are some real caveats that need to be considered. A primary point of concern is that an A/C unit is not designed to be sprayed down with such frequency. Although the Mistbox system comes with a water filter, the company only recommends using its technology if your home’s water has a hardness less than 500 parts per million. This automatically rules out anyone who uses well water. Even if you do have a

home with the required water hardness, the filtration system can’t completely prevent your system from rusting. Corrosion will occur resulting in a damaged unit. Electric cooperatives know it’s important to help our members navigate these emerging technologies and provide the most cost-effective and beneficial energy management solutions. If you’re interested in taking steps to become more energy efficient, we recommend these tried and true tips:

„ Clean and change the filters on your HVAC system regularly to make your unit run more efficiently, keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. „ In spring and summer months, set your ceiling fans to turn in the counterclockwise direction to create a cool breeze. In autumn and winter months, set your fan to turn in the clockwise direction. This will redistribute warm air throughout the room. „ Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. „ Insulation is important. Properly insulating your home reduces heating and cooling costs, and improves comfort. „ Remember, there are easy steps you can take now to improve the energy efficiency of your home. To learn about additional ways to save, contact the energy experts at your local electric cooperative. Kaley Lockwood writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. July 2018 | Cooperative Connections



DIRECTOR CANDIDATE SELECTION GUIDELINES Characteristics To Consider When Becoming a Director Candidates must be members of the cooperative and reside in the district they are nominated from, be in good standing with the cooperative, and not be employed or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a major supplier of the cooperative. Candidates shall not be related to any incumbent director, officer, or employee of the cooperative or spouse of said director officer or employee. Candidates must be 18 years of age, and cannot have been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years. Candidates may not have been an employee of West River Electric for less than 3 years from the date of the employees last day of employment. Nominees should be available and willing to serve, if elected. In addition to meeting attendance, nominees should realize that there is a significant time commitment with regard to reviewing materials in preparation for 3585300 board meetings and trainings. It is expected that nominees will have a reasonable level of financial literacy, including the ability to review and understand financial statements, balance sheets, and income and cash flow statements. Directors are expected to have some knowledge in the use of computers, email and the internet. Nominees must be capable of exercising independent judgment and thinking. In addition, nominees must be capable of exercising a high level of discretion, since much of the material they will have access to is confidential in nature. The position of a director is demanding and includes a number of responsibilities. Therefore, a director should be enthusiastic and capable of fulfilling these duties. Directors should have the ability to read, comprehend, and organize information in order to stay informed of cooperative business. Directors should have adequate time to devote to this position. A variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds of the directors is critical to the Board’s ability to perform its duties and various roles. WREA seeks candidates with a diversity of professional and personal experience, education and skills in order to enhance the overall composition of the Board. Duty of Care & Loyalty Each Director must have the ability to discharge his or her duties in good faith in the manner the Director reasonably believes 10

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to be in the best interest of WREA and all of its members, and with such care as an ordinarily prudent person would use under similar circumstances. Each Director must also have the ability to act in good faith and in the best interest of WREA and all of its members, irrespective of the individual interests of the Director or other entities with which a Director is affiliated or sympathetic, or to which a Director owes his or her Board appointment. Each Director should clearly disclose to WREA and other Directors any actual conflicts of interest or other matters that may constitute even the appearance of a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest exists when a person’s private interest (financial or otherwise) interferes, or appears to interfere, with the interests of WREA. A written disclosure will be made on an annual basis. A Director’s access to information about WREA is accompanied by a duty not to disclose information obtained by the Director in his or her capacity as such to any person (other than is necessary and appropriate in the performance of the Director’s duties) or to misuse such information for personal benefit or the benefit of others. Compensation The WREA Bylaws provide that the Board of Directors may set a fixed sum to be paid to Directors for attendance at various meetings and functions. The Board may also authorize reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in attendance at Board meetings, or in conducting Board business, or the Board may grant a reasonable per diem allowance in lieu of detailed accounting for expenses. Schedule of Meetings Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board are held each year as follows: Every month, normally the 3rd Monday of each month, alternating between the Wall and Rapid City office and held during the day. An annual meeting in October; normally the second Saturday. Annually a budget meeting in December. Director’s will be appointed to various other committees of the Board and will be expected to attend those meetings. In addition, there are annual meetings with SDREA and Rushmore that each director is asked to attend. Each director is also on a 3 year rotation to attend various associated organization’s annual meetings along with various director training. These are necessary to be able to be an informed director.



Nominations Made for WREA

JULY 6, 2018

Application Deadline We invite all of our members to participate in a member to member contribution option that’s quick, inexpensive and unites the entire membership to help each other. Operation Round-Up is designed for ease and maximum benefits for the program. Members volunteering for the Round-Up option agree to have their monthly bill rounded up to the nearest dollar with the extra pennies going to the program.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 the Nominating Committee, appointed by West River Electric Association Board of Directors, met to make nominations for the Board of Director vacancies that will occur at this years annual meeting. According to West River Electric bylaws, the Nominating Committee must nominate at least one candidate for each vacancy, but may nominate more than one candidate for each vacancy if it chooses to do so. District No. 1: Consisting of the area served by the Cooperative in Pennington County, South Dakota, West of the Cheyenne River Howard Knuppe. District No. 2: Consisting of the area served by the Cooperative in Meade and Ziebach Counties, South Dakota - Stan Anders

The average donation will amount to approximately $6 during the course of a year. Imagine if 50% of West River Electric’s nearly 13,000 members signed up for Round Up, the fund would have $39,000 to be used to help local charities and civic organizations. Your last bill of the year will show your total contribution for tax purposes. Your voluntary participation will help someone else. Round-Up is voluntary! Just fill out the form below and return it with your next bill payment to your local office or drop it in the mail. Operation Round-Up will be accepting applications for funding; the deadline to apply is July 6, 2018. Anyone interested in applying for funds, please stop by to pick up an application at the Wall or Rapid City office, call 393-1500 or 279-2135 or go online to westriver.coop. To sign up to donate to Operation Round-up fill out the form below and return with your payment.

District No. 3: Consisting of the area served by the Cooperative East of the Cheyenne River - Andy Moon.

___ Yes I want to participate in Operation Round Up ___ Please send me more information

West River Electric bylaws do not allow nominations to be made from the floor during 876100 the annual meeting. However, bylaws do provide for additional nominations to be made by the membership by petition. Petitions for making nominations for the West River Electric Board of Directors may be picked up at any of our offices in Wall, Rapid City or Enning. See page 10 for Director Candidate guidelines. Nominating by petition must be made not less than 40 days, before the annual meeting by August 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. before the annual meeting; must be signed by at least 15 members and members may sign only one petition.

Name __________________________________________

If you have any questions about the nominating or petition process, please call the Wall office at 279-2135.

Address_________________________________________ City ___________________________________________ State______ Zip_________ Phone ___________________ Acct # ________________ I would like to donate an additional amount over and above the normal roundup amount of $________per month, please apply this to my bill each month. Please return with your bill or fill out and mail to: West River Electric, PO Box 3486, Rapid City, SD 57709. July 2018 | Cooperative Connections



Energy Audits Savings You Can Count On Derrill Holly National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Better energy efficiency at home starts with savings, not sales, and an energy audit conducted by a trained energy advisor can help you get there.

She also checks household systems many homeowners seldom see or consider unless they spend time with their HVAC technician. “One home I visited had an overflowing air handler water pan and extreme fungal growth” said Heyn. “Some members, particularly renters, don’t realize that their HVAC systems have an air filter. When they are dirty, they can freeze up the system and cause an increase in power consumption.”

“Members are our community and we are the experts in the electric energy arena,” said Manuela Heyn, an energy services representative for Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, who is also a member of the Southport, Florida-based Co-op. “We have the tools, knowledge and commitment to assist our people. Saving energy can also help shave peak loads.”

Expert advice

Heyn conducted her first energy audits with very basic tools: a flashlight, laser temperature gun and candy thermometer (to check water heater output temperature). She now has access to more sophisticated equipment such as thermal imaging equipment.

Training focused on both new construction techniques designed to improve energy efficiency and retrofitting options for upgraded older housing are common. Specialized training for multi-family units and manufactured housing are also common.

Members become frantic when they see a major increase in the power bill and want almost immediate answers as to why. In conjunction with experience and the ability to refer to meter data reports, the process of identifying major power consumption problems has been simplified and resolved in many instances in the office. During on-site audits, she uses all her senses to find abnormalities such as hot water line leaks, running well pumps, damaged power cords, construction issues – one case leading to spongy drywall, disconnected ducts and lack of insulation to name a few. 12

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Many of the electric co-ops that provide energy audits support professional development for energy advisors that includes exposure to building science concepts.

“By providing a picture of how energy is used in the home, people can concentrate on what can save them the most energy,” said Eileen Wysocki, an energy auditor with Holy Cross Energy, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Wysocki starts with a baseload estimate of energy use based upon meter data. Talking with the consumer-member, she learns about household size and behavior patterns, and considers seasonal factors like heat tape used to prevent water lines from freezing. “We have many ‘second homes’ in our service territory,” said Wysocki, adding that even when those homes are empty, energy use continues. “Fan coil blower motors, whole house humidi-

YOUR HOME fiers, boiler pumps, ventilation systems, driveway snowmelt pumps, pool pumps, hot tubs, garage heaters, heated toilet seats and towel bars are using energy, regardless of occupancy.” The co-op serves Colorado’s popular ski areas around Aspen and Vail, and is currently designing a new audit form. It will stress benefits members can receive through efficiency upgrades, including comfort, said Mary Wiener, energy efficiency program administrator for Holy Cross Energy. Co-ops that offer energy audits use the service to reinforce their roles as trusted energy advisors, helping members save energy in an effort to help them control their electricity costs. While some co-ops provide complementary audits free of charge, especially when they are requested in response to high bill concerns, others may charge a small fee, offering rebates to members who implement some of the recommendations provided. Time spent with an energy auditor can help a member avoid ineffective upgrades or the purchase of outsized equipment

that might not improve their comfort or produce savings through recoverable costs.

Offering solutions

An energy advisor’s home visit usually gets far more attention than a brief discussion

On average, a member can reduce their energy use by about 5 percent if they follow the low-cost or no-cost advice given during the audit. about energy efficiency at a co-op district meeting, a county fair or other community event. Most audits are initiated following a request tied to high bill concerns, when members are really motivated to control their energy costs. On average, a member can reduce their

energy use by about 5 percent if they follow the low-cost or no-cost advice given during the audit. Additional savings of up to 20 percent can be achieved by addressing issues with big-ticket items, such as HVAC replacement, attic insulation or major duct repair discovered during the audit. Improved energy efficiency not only helps the co-op control peak demand and wholesale power costs, it also provides opportunities to discuss services available to members. Those include rebates, weatherization programs and payment assistance. To learn more about energy audits available to you, contact your local electric cooperative. Derrill Holly writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape.

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Tyler Blasius

Raedon graduated from Wall High School in 2016. He did rodeo, football and wrestled for the Eagles. He attended SDSU for Animal Science and went on to Powerline Construction & Maintenance at Mitchell Tech graduating in 2018. He enjoys roping and dirt biking in his spare time.

Tyler graduated from Douglas High School in 2017. He wrestled, and played football for the Patriots. Tyler graduated from Mitchell Technical School in 2018 with a degree in Powerline Construction and Maintenance. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Tucker Hohn

Alex McPherson

Tucker graduated from Mitchell High School in 2018, doing dual enrollment allowed him to graduate from Mitchell Technical School with a degree in Powerline Construction and Maintenance in 2018 as well. In his spare time he enjoys moto cross, riding street bikes and snowboarding.

Tyler Trautman

Logan Rietveld

Tyler graduated from Sturgis High School in 2017. He played football for the Scoopers. He graduated from Mitchell Technical School in May with a degree in Powerline Construction and Maintenance. He enjoys 4-wheeling, fishing and snowboarding in his spare time.

Logan graduated from Mitchell High School in 2017. In high school he played football, wrestled and did track. Logan graduated in May from Mitchell Technical School with a degree in Powerline Construction and Maintenance. He enjoys motorcycles, water skiing and hunting.

Randee Thayer Randee was born and raised in Rapid City. She attended Central High School graduating in 2017. She is currently attending Chadron State College, seeking a degree in Business Management. Randee enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling when not working. 14

Alex graduated from Rapid City Homeschools in 2017. He went on to attend Mitchell Technical School graduating in 2018 with a degree in Powerline Construction and Maintenance. Alex enjoys racing motocross, wake surfing at Angostura, skiing and snowboarding.

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West River Electric finds that the busiest time of the year for us is the summertime. That is when the most new services are built and construction is at a peak, the time of the year when extra help is needed. This is a time when we can give our young people an opportunity to fulfill the 1000 hour internships they need to become acquainted with the work environment after they have graduated and are seeking full time employment. This year we also added Randee to help our Building Maintenance get ahead. With the green grass and the mowing that needs to be done, she has been a great addition to the team .


West River Electric Will Be Closed On Wednesday, July 4, 2018 for Independence Day.

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Laundry Tip: Use rubber or wool dryer balls, which help separate clothing in the cycle, providing better airflow and a shorter drying time. Wool dryer balls can help absorb moisture, which also reduces drying time. Source: energy.gov

Did you change your phone number or email It is important to keep your information updated with West River Electric. We would like to be able to keep you updated on planned outages or other important information that may affect your service. Contact us at 279-2135 or 393-1500 to make changes to your information.

Locate Your Account Number If you locate your account number anywhere in this issue of the West River Electric Cooperative Connections you will be a winner. There will be five account numbers placed randomly throughout the Connections. If you spot your account number and notify our office before the 10th of the next month, you will receive a $10 credit on your next bill.

West River Electric Office Hours Rapid City Office

Wall Office

3250 E Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD Monday-Friday 7:00 am-5:00 pm 605-393-1500

1200 W 4th Ave, Wall, SD Monday-Friday 7:00 am-5:00 pm 605-279-2135

A night depository is available at both offices for your convenience.

Service & Billing Questions? Contact 605-279-2135 or 605-393-1500 during offices hours. E-mail us at info@westriver.coop for questions on your account.

(USPS No. 675-840)

Our Mission: West River Electric Association, Inc. shall strive to continually improve customer service and satisfaction by providing safe, reliable, efficient and reasonably priced electricity and services, while leading in the development of our community for the well being of our members. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Board President: Andy Moon Board of Directors Stan Anders – Vice President Jamie Lewis – Secretary Larry Eisenbraun – Treasurer Jerry Hammerquist Howard Knuppe Marcia Arneson Chuck Sloan Sue Peters CEO and General Manager: Dick Johnson – dick.johnson@westriver.coop Editor Veronica Kusser – veronica.kusser@westriver.coop WEST RIVER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CONNECTIONS is the monthly publication for the members of West River Electric Association. Members subscribe to Cooperative Connections as part of their electric cooperative membership for $6 a year. West River Electric Cooperative Connections purpose is to provide reliable, helpful information to electric cooperative members on matters pertaining to rural electrification and better living. Nonmember subscriptions are available for $12 per year. Periodicals Postage paid at Wall, S.D., and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to West River Electric Cooperative Connections, PO Box 412 , Wall, SD 57790-0412. Other correspondence to: West River Electric Cooperative Connections, PO Box 3486, Rapid City, SD 57709; telephone (605)393-1500, Exts. 6519, 6517, 6531 or 6522; fax (605)3930275; e-mail veronica.kusser@westriver.coop.

July 2018 | Cooperative Connections



June 23

Pennington County 4-H Rodeo, Wall Rodeo Grounds, Wall, SD, 605-515-3575

June 23

Wall Community City-Wide Yard Sale, Wall, SD, 605-279-2665 BH Works Foundation Golf Tournament, Arrowhead Country Club, Rapid City, SD, 605-718-6207

July 29: 13th Annual Langford Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., trophies awarded at 1:30, Park of the Pines, Langford, SD, Contact Russell Nickelson at 605-493-6597

June 25

Movies Under the Stars Peter Rabbit, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

June 29

Shrine Circus, Rodeo Grounds, Wall, SD, 605-209-2556

June 29

WWE Live! Summer Slam Heatwave Tour, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD, 605-394-4111

July 2

Movies Under the Stars Beauty and the Beast, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

July 3

4th of July Fireworks, Wall Golf Course, Wall, SD, 605-279-2665

July 4

July 10-15

July 21

August 6

July 12-14

July 21-22

August 12

July 13-14

July 23

4th Annual 3 Wheeler Rally, Deadwood, SD, 605-717-7174, www.d3wr.com SDRA Rodeo, Rodeo Arena, Wall, SD, 605-279-2665 Annual Wall Celebration, Main St, Wall, SD, 605-279-2665

July 14

Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair, Downtown Rapid City, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

July 16

Movies Under the Stars Coco, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

Independence Day Celebration, US Air Force Heartland of American Band, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

July 17

July 9

July 20-22

Movies Under the Stars The Nut Job 2, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

Working Against Violence Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 527 Quincy St, Rapid City, SD, 605-341-3292 38th Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Barnett Arena, Rapid City, SD, westdakota.rocks@ gmail.com

Native POP: People of the Plains, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979 Hills Alive, Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD, 605-394-4111 Movies Under the Stars Wonder, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

July 28

Mudwest Fun Fest, Polo Fields at Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD, 605-389-3395

July 30

Movies Under the Stars Cars 3, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

August 1

Chris Isaak 2018 Tour, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD, 605-394-4111

August 4

Wall Crawl, Rodeo Grounds, Wall, SD, 605-279-2665

Movies Under the Stars Emoji Movie, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979 (Love)2 Bridal Fair, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

August 13

Movies Under the Stars Despicable Me 3, Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD, 605-716-7979

To have your event listed on this page, send complete information, including date, event, place and contact to your local electric cooperative. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Information must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to your event. Please call ahead to confirm date, time and location of event.

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June 25

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