By: Stan Wilson, GM
I hope each of you have had a safe and fun summer. It seems like this one went even faster than the last one! I do look forward the fall, however, with its cooler temperatures and lower humidity. I’m sure our linemen do too after working outside in the hot, humid summer. I hope you appreciate them as much as I do; they really do a great job. I also want to wish our students and teachers luck as they begin the 2016-2017 school year.
As of this writing, we are under no real threat of a hurricane and that is something to be thankful for. I want you to know, however, that we are as prepared as possible to deal with one if it comes. On that note, I would like to remind you to keep your contact information up to date. Our outage response system works by recognizing the phone number you are calling from. If the phone you are calling from is listed on your membership account, then the system automatically tells us whose power is out. If the phone number you are calling from is not associated with your account, then it logs the call as “unknown”. I’m telling you this because it takes extra time to figure out who these unknowns are. That time could be spent getting your lights back on. We want to work as efficiently as possible and restore power as quickly as we can.
Clarke Washington EMC has been around for 80 years! In 1936, our parents and grandparents came together to bring safe, reliable and affordable electric power to our local communities. Eighty years later we are still delivering safe, affordable power while focusing on our members’ needs. It is in the spirit of community that we continue today to offer convenient bill payment options, free energy audits, high efficiency heat pump rebates, loans for energy efficient improvements and a water heater efficiency program. We also give back to our communities through programs such as Youth Tour, United Way, Relay for Life, school/community safety programs and our college scholarship program.
We want to continue to make your lives better and improve our communities. I thank you for your support! The success that CWEMC has achieved over these 80 years could not have been possible without friends, neighbors, employees and directors all working together. There are challenges that we face in the coming years. One of these challenges is the ever-threatening EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants. After all, Plant Lowman is right here in our back yard and employs hundreds of local people. I urge you to vote in November’s elections, to make your voice heard.
Here’s to the next eighty years!