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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Friday, 19 April 2013 09:42

Members experiencing an outage can follow the outage numbers by county by clicking on the "Current Outages" tab at the top of the home page. During an extensive outage, that page will load as the home page.

Members can also follow the outage via a running commentary on our Facebook page. You can access WCE's Facebook page via our website and click on the Facebook link located on the left-hand side of hte page. Please DO NOT report a power outage on the Facebook page.

Members can report an outage in a variety of ways:

By phone -- Please dial 800-491-3803 (in-state toll-free) or 660-584-2131. Please make sure to have your map location number or your account number ready for the member service representative who takes your call. This nujmber is how we locate where you are and report that power is out at your location.

Online -- Outages may be reported on our website by clicking on the "Current Outages" tab at the top of the home page. During an extensive outage, that page will load as the home page. Please have your account number ready, as you will have to enter that number in order to report your outage online.

*Please remember that WCE's 1-800 number is an in-state toll-free number ONLY. If you are dialing in from out of state, or using a cell phone with an out-of-state area code, you will need to dial the local number 660-584-2131.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:24

Today’s high winds caused havoc, as power lines slapped into one another and swaying trees touched the power lines. The Cooperative’s aggressive tree trimming practices kept the outage numbers down from what they could have been. Blinking lights are actually a good thing. WCE's system has a safety feature built into the electric lines so that power blinks (momentarily shuts off) when something comes in contact with power lines. However, when that object meets the power line three times in succession or stays in contact with the line, the system “locks out,” creating a total power outage. Depending upon where along that power line the object touched, the outage might affect only one home or might interrupt power to multiple homes. Thank you to all our members for patience and understanding as our linemen work hard to restore power!

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