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.
Answering the Call—Wisconsin co-ops help restore power in Florida
September 11, 2017—More than 900 electric cooperatives serve the energy needs of their member-owners across the United States, and on the interstate highways of the southeast for a few days in mid-September, it might have looked like every one of them had loaded up all manner of vehicles and equipment for a mass migration to Florida.
The reality was a mission, not a migration. Co-ops in 23 states dispatched crews to help restore electric service for Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina cooperative members left without power by Hurricane Irma. Among those responding to Florida’s call for help were 18 Wisconsin cooperatives, sending more than 40 vehicles and 52 crew members among at least 5,000 who converged on the storm-damaged areas.
Wisconsin electric co-ops helping Florida rebuild Relief convoy headed south
September 11, 2017—Volunteer line crews from 18 Wisconsin electric cooperatives are joining in Florida’s massive recovery effort, helping rebuild shattered electric systems in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation.
The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, a statewide trade group, put out a call for help last Thursday, anticipating Irma’s Sunday morning landfall and the huge storm’s potential to simultaneously batter the entire state.
Line superintendents from Wisconsin cooperatives got word of the request at a previously scheduled meeting in Stevens Point and immediately began planning their response, assessing availability of workers and equipment.
Hurricane Irma Relief Mission
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Cooperation Among Continents
The Sixth Cooperative Principle—Cooperation Among Cooperatives—is something we speak of often. Cooperation spanning different continents is probably a natural outgrowth.
Power Africa is an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched in 2013 with the goal of doubling access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. In September, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association and one of its member co-ops were privileged to host a team from Power Africa for a one-day visit.
Wisconsin Energy Cooperative NewsThe Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News serves as the voice of the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Founded in 1940, the publication focuses on statewide issues that affect electric cooperatives, promoting the general welfare of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives, their member-owners, and the areas they serve.
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