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Review of Our 61st Annual Conference
Electric power suppliers from across the country gathered in St. Charles, Missouri for a sharing of useful ideas and customer education strategies.  This Conference marked the 61st consecutive meeting for our organization, which is something that all members can celebrate.  For those who missed the May 28th & 29th event, below is a quick review.

Pre-Conference Training:

Prior to the main Conference, a training course for power suppliers was presented on the morning of May 28th.  "How to Plan for Solar at Your Utility" delivered practical knowledge to help power suppliers examine the effects of expanded customer use of solar.  This training detailed how customer-owned generation affected revenue and future rates.  It helped utilities use sound business planning to deal with customer-owned generation.  Instructors Scott Luecal from Luecal Counseling and Richard Hiatt from RERC shared their recommendations, ideas and experience in working with solar electric technology, and the latest equipment costs.  For those wishing to schedule this training course at their location, click on the Course Information Sheet to view the agenda and other details.


Main Conference:

At the main Conference, electric power suppliers and industry allies shared "application-oriented" tips on electricity topics.  Strategies from both electric co-ops and companies helped attendees enhance their success in energy efficiency, off-peak electricity use and customer education.


Click here for the Conference Agenda description of

each presentation, and to learn

more about this year's speakers. For speaker handouts, click  on

Speaker Handouts.

At the Awards & Recognition Luncheon, honors were presented in the form of the Silver Switch Award to We Energies, an investor-owned utility serving major portions of Wisconsin.  The photos shown here help tell the story.
Only one Silver Switch Award is presented each year for outstanding programs serving the rural sector.  Nominations must be submitted for the competition, along with letters of support.  This year's honor began with the nomination of the Agricultural Services Program at We Energies by Mr. Fred Daniels, Senior Program Manager of Franklin Energy Services.  Fred wrote, the We Energies Agricultural Services Program works directly with dairy and livestock producers in their electric service territory to ensure on-farm wiring safety, promote energy efficiency, identify energy saving measures, high bill concerns and address stray voltage concerns.
Additional letters of support were received from Crave Brothers Farm, LLC and Katzman Farms, both served by We Energies.
On-hand to accept the award for their team were Cara Fuller, Manager of Customer Strategies & Operation Support and Jason Kollwelter, Manager of the Agriculture Program for We Energies.
Also during the luncheon, the ceremonial "Exchanging of the RERC Gavel" was performed.  Incoming Chairman, Rick Gerdeman, General Manager/CEO of Midwest Electric Cooperative in Saint Marys, Ohio accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman Mike Fuller, CEO/General Manager of Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Mexico, Missouri.

 Incoming RERC Chairman, Rick Gerdeman (right) General Manager/CEO of  Midwest Electric  Cooperative in Saint Marys, Ohio accepted  the gavel from outgoing Chairman Mike Fuller, CEO/General Manager of Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Mexico, Missouri.


Cara Fuller & Jason Kollwelter (center)        representing the We Energies' Agricultural

Services Program are flanked by Fred Daniels (right) who nominated their program, and RERC Director, Mickey Miller, Nolin RECC,

Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

At the wrap-up of the Conference, attendees who registered early had a chance to win the grand prize.  Winner Bill Byrnes from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative took home the $150 check.
We add our congratulations to the award winners, and our thanks to everyone involved in the success of the 2014 Conference.  A special thanks goes to co-sponsor NISC (National Information Solutions Cooperative) and exhibitors Innovative Heating Technologies, Franklin Energy Services and the Energy Education Council.
For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a great opportunity to learn strategies used by other power suppliers.  We hope you will make a mental note right now to participate in the 2015 event.  Watch the website later in the year for details on dates and location!
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