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75TH ANNUAL MEETING IS AUGUST 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 08:41

Join us for West Central Electric Cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting Aug. 1, 2014 at the UCM Multipurpose Building, Warrensburg, MO.

5:00 p.m.   

Registration begins. All registered members will receive a $25 energy credit. Must be present to receive.

Join us for a fun, old-fashioned co-op barbecue of hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips and cookies, tea & lemonade! Meals will be served to the first 1,300 members and guests in attendance.

Informational booths and displays open at east end of Multi.

6:50 p.m.    

Presentation by Molly Bertz, 2014 Youth Tour delegate to Washington, D.C.

7:00 p.m.    

Business Meeting -- reports of business, election of directors and consideration of bylaw change

Also...

Drawings for prizes, including 28” Vizio LED Smart TV w/WiFi donated by NW Electric Power Cooperative and several $75 energy certificates

Drawing for grand-prize: one month FREE electricity! (Residential account only, applies to the bill due in September)

Drawings for kids’ prizes including a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike with helmets

Kids’ Safety Area with giveaways, safety demonstrations, and Rural Missouri’s Buddy Bear -- Bring your camera to take pictures with Buddy!

Swimming for the kids 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building indoor pool

Historic photo display featuring images from throughout the cooperative’s 75-year history

Sign up to join your cooperative in fighting to keep your electric rates affordable by asking the EPA to take a common-sense approach when considering regulations that affect power plants. Get information on the issue and add your name to the growing list of more than 500,000 electric consumers who have already sent emails to the EPA. Fill out a card at the meeting, or sign up at www.action.coop.

Blood pressure screenings from  Johnson County Community Health Services

Meet the WCE linemen and learn more about what they do.

Glaucoma & macular degeneration screenings by the Missouri Lions Foundation

West Central Services booth --  where you can get more information about the Exede satellite service provided by your electric cooperative

Take Control and Save booth. This cooperative energy-efficiency program can show you how to make the most of your energy dollars by taking control of your electricity use.

See you Aug. 1 in Warrensburg!

 
**NEW SCAM ALERT FOR MEMBERS** PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 April 2014 14:16


A member contacted us this afternoon (Friday, April 18) saying she received a phone call from someone identifying himself as "Gene from the Power Company." He told her her power reading was "critical" and they needed to come to her house right away to check it. The member hung up and called West Central to verify that there was nothing wrong with her usage. PLEASE REMEMBER to always contact us yourself if you have a question about a phone call you receive, and NEVER give out personal information such as credit card numbers or account numbers to someone over the phone.

 
PROTECTING OUR ENERGY SUPPLY: MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES TO GIVE STATE NEW AUTHORITY PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:14

With the federal government moving toward greater regulation of greenhouse gas—regulation that threatens to shutter critical power generation sources—the Missouri House has taken action to protect our state’s interests.

In 2009, President Barack Obama pledged to combat the effects of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050. Toward this goal, he directed the EPA to promulgate rules regulating emissions for new and existing coal-fired power plants.

The rules for new power plant construction were released in January. They effectively prohibit the construction of new coal power plants until technology is developed to capture and store emissions underground. Such technology is years, or perhaps decades, from being ready for mainstream power generation — if ever.

Expectations are that the new regulations for existing power plants will be released in June. If these restrictions follow the path of the restrictions on new power plants, Missouri’s energy supply could be in danger.

Nearly 85 percent of Missouri’s electrical energy needs are supplied by coal. The new regulations might force many of Missouri’s existing coal plants into retirement, leaving the state with nothing to fill the energy void.

The result will be a dramatic increase in energy costs across the board. Missouri consumers can expect direct increases of at least 25 – 35 percent for energy usage, and even more from non-direct economic impacts. The price of goods and services will soar dramatically as consumers absorb the increased costs of production and distribution that result from a forced reduction in energy output.

To help protect against this, the Missouri House has passed House Bill 1631. This bill would allow Missouri to exert the full force of its authority under the Clean Air Act to make regulatory decisions locally that are in the best interest of our state. It charges the state’s Air Conservation Commission to develop emissions standards and compliance schedules—rather than wait for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to specify these for Missouri.

“At the end of the day, we think Missouri is in a better position to determine that rather than bureaucrats in Washington,” said bill sponsor Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.

The House passed the bill by a wide margin.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports this legislation and is closely watching how the EPA chooses to issue future regulations.

 
WCE ANNOUNCES NEW PAYMENT-ONLY PHONE LINE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:30

Effective immediately, WCE has a new TOLL FREE payment-only phone number: 1-855-874-5349.

In order to provide our members with the safest, most secure form of payment processing, we have changed our system to an automated pay-by-phone system. Automated pay-by-phone will enhance your security against credit card fraud and will put West Central Electric in compliance with credit card industry standards.

Remember, you may also pay online through the SmartHub.

 
WCE LAUNCHES SMARTHUB ACCOUNT MANAGER PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:14

New app lets members manage accounts online or with mobile device

WCE members can nowmanage their electric accounts right from their smart phones, tablets or computers with the launch of SmartHub.

This app allows members to make payments, notify the cooperative of account and service issues, check usage and communicate directly with the cooperative with just the touch of a button.

The two-way communication with SmartHub allows members to make payments in a secure environment right from their mobile device or PC. SmartHub provides a safe and secure environment for bill payments and transactions between the cooperative and members’ financial institutions.

Through SmartHub, members can also see detailed usage information from all of their accounts. It allows members to ask questions regarding their account and electric service, as well as providing another way for the cooperative to let members know about special offiers, programs, events and more.

Creating a SmartHub account takes less than three minutes. Members enter their profile information, choose their provider, and they’re ready to begin. Create an account on this website by clicking on "Online Bill Pay," or download the free app by scanning the QR codes on the front of the February newsletter to access the SmartHub in the Apple iTunes App Store or the Android Market.

Once set up, members will see a screen with windows allowing them to view and manage usage, make payments or view communications and alerts from the cooperative. Members can also click on “My Usage” at the top for detailed information on usage by the month, day or hour.

“This information can be very valuable to a member who is questioning a bill to see exactly when and what time of day their usage spiked or receded, for example during holiday company or when away for a family vacation,” General Manager Mike Gray said.

If you need help using SmartHub, you can click on the “Help” button within the application on the upper, right-hand corner of the page on the screen.

 
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