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***MEMBER ALERT TO POSSIBLE SCAM*** PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:57

Recently a number of utility customers (none in the WCE area at this time, but we want you to be aware) have been targeted by scammers claiming to be a collections agent. The caller impersonates the utility company claiming the bill is overdue and needs to be paid immediately or face disconnection. If you receive a call of which you are suspicious, hang up and call WCE yourself to inquire about the situation.

 
WEST CENTRAL JOINS CO-OPS IN CALL TO ACTION PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 December 2013 14:55

Members are asked to join us in letting EPA know we need diverse fuels to keep electricity affordable.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new coal and natural gas based power plants. Because of this, the Administration has abandoned its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that effectively prevents construction of new coal-based generation. The Administration has now moved on to formulating new regulations for existing plants which could drastically affect your electric rates.

Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rule should be withdrawn. Co-ops support using a diverse fuel mix including renewables, natural gas, nuclear, and coal to generate electricity. Please join our effort and tell the EPA to reconsider; to work with the electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns.
Your coooperative and its representtives will fight to keep your electric bill affordable, as policy changes would result in significant increases in electric rates.  all but one

“As we enter yet another challenging time in the electric industry, West Central Electric pledges to keep our members informed on issues that will affect the price you pay for electricity,” General Manager Mike Gray said.  “You will be receiving a stuffer in your January electric bill with more information and a card to fill out letting the EPA know you value an ‘All-of-the-Above’ approach to affordable energy. Please fill out the card, and in the name section, please write in the name of every adult in your household because every voice counts.”

You may also log onto www.action.coop and sign up that way.

 
COURTESY CALLS WILL CEASE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:49

ATTENTION MEMBERS: Because of new FCC regulations taking effect today, WCE is suspending our automated phone calls to members. These automated calls range from notifying members that their payment has not been received, to letting members know when brush crews and inspection crews will be in their area. WCE views these informative calls as a service to our members, and we hope to be able to resume this practice once we receive more detailed instructions from the FCC.

 
ELECTRIC CO-OPS DECRY ADMINISTRATION'S NEW 'ALL-BUT-ONE' ENERGY POLICY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:09

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 -- Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), released the following statement in response to the testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy before the House Energy & Commerce Committee this morning; and in light of recent press leaks of the Administration’s proposed regulations governing carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants.

“NRECA and its member co-ops are disappointed to learn that the Administration has abandoned its “all-of- the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that restricts the future use of coal to generate affordable electricity. The anticipated regulations are reported to require any new coal-burning facility to capture and store carbon dioxide, a prohibitively expensive technology that is not commercially viable.

“In doing so, the Administration is gambling with the economic well-being of future generations and our nation’s economy. As not-for-profit, consumer-owned utilities, electric co-ops are deeply concerned about maintaining affordable, reliable electricity. It’s worth noting that residents of rural communities already spend more per capita on energy than anywhere else.

“NRECA urges the Administration to reconsider this proposal and focus on working with co-ops as we continue to reduce power plant emissions, increase efficiency and develop affordable new technologies. Together, we can improve both the environment and the quality of life for future generations.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.

 
WCE WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER AS 74TH ANNUAL MEETING WRAPS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 07:30

altWest Central Electric members re-elected District 1 incumbent Max Swisegood and District 2 incumbent Stan Rhodes during the Aug. 2 annual meeting at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Sandra Streit was members’ choice for director in the newly-formed District 4.

Swisegood and Rhodes both ran unopossed. Streit (332), of Holden, defeated Darlene Buckstead (238), also of Holden.

Directors met immediately following  the announcement of election results to elect officers for the coming year.
Densil Allen of Warrensburg, will take the helm as president. Clark Bredehoeft of Blackburn, will serve as vice president; Robert Simmons of  Warrensburg will remain as secretary; Rhodes of Corder will remain as assistant secretary and Paul Nolte of Higginsville will remain as treasurer.

Board member Ronnie Steelman of Odessa did not run for re-election, as last year's redistricting eliminated his board position.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS

Members passed a bylaw amendment 444-138 regarding the election of former co-op employees to the board. The amendment proposed by the board of directors added language to the director qualifications that states no person shall be eligible to become a director if that person has been an employee of the cooperative within the past three years.

A second board proposal regarding district boundaries was defeated 431-145. Prior to the vote, several members participated in a discussion which included comments both in favor of and opposed to the amendment.

This proposal by the board adjusted district boundaries set last year in an amendment brought forth by petition and approved by the membership. The proposal would have set the boundaries between District 1 and District 2 at the Lafayette/Jackson county line. It would have also adjusted the number of directors from the districts, setting District 2 (which covers the entirety of Lafayette County) at three directors, and District 1 (which covers only the far eastern portion of Jackson County) at one director.

BALLOT PROPOSAL

During the official business meeting, member Kathy Garver of Oak Grove proposed an amendment to be carried on the 2014 ballot. Garver proposed changing the portion of Article IV, Section 3, Qualifications to delete “a bona fide resident in the area served or to be served by the cooperative” and replace it with “to have continuous use of cooperative energy and service at their permanent, primary place of residence.”

Garver said she feels that board members should have to actually live on cooperative lines rather than just having services on cooperative lines.

Cooperative attorneys called for a vote by show of hands, and a majority of those present approved placing the issue on the 2014 ballot.
This issue would affect current board member Paul Nolte who moved his residence from his farm on WCE lines into the city limits of Higginsville. Nolte continues to maintain his farms and membership in the cooperative.

 
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