RERC was glad to partner with Ohio’s Electric Co-ops to hold most of the event in their new training wing. Photographs shown here from the event tell a portion of the story for those that could not attend.
Prior to the main Conference a 2½ hour training course on Electric Motor Concepts and Controls helped participants expand their abilities with customers. Instructor Greg Stark also included variable-frequency drives in the training.
At the evening Awards Dinner, RERC Chairman Rick Gerdeman, CEO at Midwest Elec. Co-op (OH) made the formal presentations on behalf of the organization.
Receiving the Silver Switch Award for their outstanding program was Farmers RECC located in Glasgow, Kentucky.
The CEO of Farmers RECC Bill Prather (L) is congratulated as the Silver Switch Award recipient by RERC’s Richard Hiatt
The recognition resulted from a joint effort known as the Glasgow Landfill-Gas-to-Energy Project. It involved an environmentally friendly solution to a problem affecting the city of Glasgow, while at the same time benefitting the member-owners of Farmers RECC.
At a time when Farmers RECC was interested in producing electricity from renewable sources, the city of Glasgow was experiencing problems at their landfill, as escaping methane gas migrated into neighboring properties. The city met with both the cooperative and its wholesale electric supplier East Kentucky Power to design a joint solution. The result is a one megawatt electric generation plant fueled by methane gas from the landfill. The electricity produced is sold exclusively to Farmers RECC. Operating around the clock, the plant creates enough power to serve 550 homes.
Another presenter, Dr. Kevin Halinan (R) talks with attendee Rick Mialki.
On hand at the RERC Conference to receive the award was the cooperative’s CEO Bill Prather. RERC is grateful to all who made the 2016 Conference a success. We congratulate award recipients, including this year’s grand prize winner Mike Moran from Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative in Iowa.