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June 2019 Clarke REC Headlines

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Welcome, Dominic Cresta! 
There's a new face around the cooperative office these days. On May 20, Dominic Cresta began his career as an apprentice lineman for Clarke Electric. 

Recently, Clarke Electric had a loaded wire dispensing trailer stolen. The trailer was eventually located in Clarke County but was significantly damaged and missing the two large spools of wire it had been hauling. The cost to the cooperative to replace the trailer and wire was much larger than the scrap value the thieves received for the wire. If you have any knowledge of the crime or helpful information, please call the Clarke County Sheriff's Office, (641) 342-2914 or the cooperative. 

Save the Date: 79th Annual Meeting Sept. 16
We hold true to our mission to be safety driven, energy smart and community invested. Members will have the opportunity to make their voice heard by voting in the cooperative election Sept. 16. 

You're More Than a Member-Consumer
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community,” a quote from author Anthony J. D’Angelo. We feel that quote is representative of our cooperative’s mission of “community invested." To a large degree, this reflects Clarke Electric’s philosophy toward our member-consumers and the broader service territory that we serve. As a cooperative, we have a different “bottom line.” While our priority is always to provide reliable and safe energy, there is another equally important part of this equation. Your well-being and that of the larger community that we serve are of paramount concern.

Energy Smart: Reduce Energy Use During Peak Hours
Peak hours are the busiest times for Clarke Electric Cooperative, since many people are using electricity at the same time. In addition, it costs your co-op more to generate electricity when demand soars during peak periods – and the cost of your electricity also may rise.

Safety Driven: When Tornadoes Strike at Night
In Iowa, less than five percent of all tornadoes in the past 38 years have occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. Although rare, night time tornadoes are more than twice as likely to be deadly according to a 2018 study from Northern Illinois University that looked at roughly 48,000 tornadoes that occurred in the U.S. between 1950 and 2005.

Grain Bin Notice 
When you start to plan for a new grain bin, please contact Clarke Electric Cooperative. We will provide assistance in planning for a safe environment for everyone working and living around grain bins. The State of Iowa requires specific clearances for electric lines around grain bins, with different standards for those filled by portable and permanent augers, conveyors and elevators.

Geothermal Tax Credits Restored in 2019 
If you're looking for an energy efficient upgrade that will save you money on your electric bills, consider a geothermal heating and cooling system. With a state tax credit back in place, this HVAC option is more affordable than ever!

The Cooperative Difference: Patronage Dividends - Your Investment
As a member-consumer, you have a share in the earnings of your not-for-profit electric cooperative. Your cooperative’s rates are set to bring in enough money to pay operating costs, make payments on any loans and provide an emergency reserve. Money exceeding the cost of doing business is returned to co-op members as patronage capital or dividends.

Opie Advocates for Co-ops in Washington
General Manager Dave Opie joined electric cooperatives from Iowa and across the country in Washington, D.C., in May for the 2019 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Legislative Conference.




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