Co-op law revisions signed
November 27, 2017—Cooperative leaders gathered in Madison the Monday after Thanksgiving to witness Governor Walker applying his signature to changes in Wisconsin’s Chapter 185 co-op law, approved earlier in November by bipartisan majorities in both legislative houses. The last major revision of state law applying to cooperative governance took place in the 1980s, and the more modest recent changes update existing provisions. The most significant provision for electric cooperatives simplifies their existing authority to make consumer loans to their members to finance work by third parties for energy efficiency and conservation improvements, to improve electrical safety or achieve code compliance, or for emergency backup generation.
Wisconsin awards honor co-op service
November 10, 2017—Shannon Clark, Richland Electric Cooperative’s CEO and general manager since 1999, received the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association’s highest honor at the organization’s 81st annual meeting here November 7.
Clark is the newest recipient of the ACE (Ally of Cooperative Electrification) Award, given for the past 50 years to a nominee judged to have advanced the electric co-op mission in a distinguished manner beyond routine performance of duty.
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It helps to be trusted
These days, trust is a commodity in short supply. Not only trust in government but in many of society’s fundamental institutions: for academia, the financial sector, the media, trust has ebbed, and prospects for improvement seem uncertain at best.
Worrisome as that is, it’s also a reason why institutions that retain the public’s trust are valued more highly than ever, and it’s a reason to feel good about electric cooperative membership. Over the years, survey after survey has shown people trust electric co-ops more than other kinds of utility providers to deliver quality service, and that seems to be generally true even when the others are also putting up very respectable scores.