Last week we joined our cooperative colleagues in Washington, D.C. for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference, where we connected with electric cooperatives from around the country and engaged with our legislators to share our co-op story, the issues we face and the value we add as member-owned electricity providers.
There seems to be a cottage industry in funding third-party “reports” about our cooperative and our business, and many of these reports have varying degrees of misrepresentations, unintentional or otherwise. A recent publication from The Western Way, along with recent similar comments from others, is notable for its glaring misrepresentations and falsifications.
As electric cooperatives, our purpose is to power communities and empower our members to improve the quality of their lives. It’s a purpose that has always driven me, and in the last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to continue my journey to further this purpose as Tri-State CEO.
We have the privilege to work in an industry that people count on, are invested in and talk about regularly. It’s because electricity is so essential to our daily lives that many people have passionate views about how it should be provided and how much it should cost. And lately we’re seeing these perspectives discussed more and more frequently in public forums and the media.
Today, on Lineman Appreciation Day, we thank our linemen, and substation and telecommunications technicians for their service in keeping the power flowing to our 43 members and their 1.3 million consumers!