Each year in March, I write a summary of the previous year’s electric reliability report. It’s fascinating to write each year because of the variety in Mother Nature’s behavior, which is a major determinant of outages. 2015 was a very weather-neutral year, which resulted in one of the lowest numbers of total member minutes out in Tipmont’s history. We weren’t so lucky in 2016, as two summer storms caused member minutes out to spike by 33 percent. In 2017, the total number of member minutes out was down about 16 percent from 2016.
Articles in Category: CEO Notes
I frequently use this space to talk about how we define Tipmont as an essential services provider. We continued our journey in 2017 by focusing on those services that provide the best value while also staying consistent with our areas of expertise.
I am continually astonished at the breakneck pace that our world continues to change. In just a few years, many of today’s youth will have jobs that don’t even exist yet. How do we prepare these young people for a future that is so dynamic?
I wrote last month about Olive Meadows, a Veedersburg resident who served as a Tipmont REMC troubleshooter for 18 years. Troubleshooters were volunteer, unpaid positions that would field outage calls 24/7 and relay information to the Tipmont line workers.
Back in September, my CEO note featured two of Tipmont’s legacy members, Warren Cole and Kathryn Hunter. Shortly after that article ran, I received a wonderful letter from Olive Meadows of Veedersburg.
Imagine burglars trying to break into your home every hour of every day. Windows, doors, the roof, the chimney, the cellar – nothing is off limits. That’s essentially what we’re up against in keeping your information secure.
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to write since our July Annual Meeting at McCutcheon High School. We had another successful meeting this year with 764 memberships attending, well beyond our requisite 2% quorum of 459. Thank you to all who attended.
The return of students to school each August signals a new beginning. For those of you are headed off to college or a trade school, you’re hopefully giving careful consideration to your future career. I encourage you to include electric cooperatives.
On Aug. 11, 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Barnesville, Georgia, to celebrate one of the remarkable achievements of the New Deal: the three-year-old Rural Electrification Administration (REA).
Effective June 2017, Tipmont’s service charge will increase from $29 per month to $32.50 per month for residential members. The rate adjustment pays for continued investment in the distribution system to maintain service reliability.