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Friday, 29 August 2014 15:06

Just a reminder that our offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Phones will be answered 24/7 by dispatch. In case of outages, you may contact us at 800-491-3803 or 816-565-4942. You may also report outages on this website. Please do not report outages on our Facebook page, as they are likely to be missed. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Friday, 18 July 2014 08:41

West Central Electric Cooperative’s 75th annual meeting drew its traditional large crowd as members came together to hear about the state of their cooperative, vote on directors and a bylaw amendment, and celebrate 75 years of electrifying the rural Missouri countryside.

At the count for quorum, total of 753 members were registered for the meeting held Aug. 1 at the UCM Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, with a total attendance of more than 1,500.

Three incumbents were elected to serve for an additional three years. In District 3, Robert Simmons (492) and Richard Strobel (438) defeated challenger Donna Matthews (411) for the two available seats. In District 5, At-large District (the new district created by a 2012 redistricting bylaw change) Densil Allen, Jr. was elected. He ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation.

Members also passed a bylaw amendment 459-260 requiring that board members continually use cooperative energy at their permanent, primary place of residence. The bylaw formerly stated that board members must be a “bonafide resident in the area served by the cooperative.” Passage of this issue immediately removed long-time director Paul Nolte, who is a current WCE member, but resides within the city limits of Higginsville.

Other highlights of the meeting included a presentation of WCE’s winning Youth Tour essay. Molly Bertz, daughter of Harold and Melisa Bertz of Mayview won the contest this spring with her essay writing from the perspective of her great-grandmother, Mada Bertz, who watched as her husband, August, joined the local farmers in founding what is now West Central Electric Cooperative. WCE Youth Tour Coordinator Heather Hoflander delivered the speech for Bertz, who was unable to make the meeting following a flight delay that morning.

“Molly’s essay about those first months in the late 1930s when West Central Electric was born couldn’t have been a more perfect way to mark our 75th anniversary,” Hoflander said. “She is truly a gifted writer and an even more amazing speaker, and I hope the presentation did it justice.”

Informational booths where members could have their blood pressure checked, learn about gardening and insulation and how to make their homes the most energy-efficient they can be were set up throughout the evening. WCE linemen were on hand to give live demonstrations on electrical safety and how power outages are located and repaired. Members were also treated to a special photo display marking 75 years of the cooperative.

Staff from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives were on hand to help members join the fight to keep EPA regulations on emissions from affecting their electric rates. Members who did not sign up at the meeting may contact the Higginsville office for a card, or go to and add their name to the growing list of members in opposition to the regulations.

Members could also receive information on the WCE rebate program and Exede satellite  internet services. Upon arrival, members were registered for prizes, including a free month of electricity (won by Helen Hotmer of Odessa), several energy certificates and prizes donated by vendors.

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.

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.

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.

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