Due to the Coronavirus, the Board of Directors canceled the annual meeting for this year. I was hoping to address our members for the last time as General Manager. Last year, I announced my upcoming retirement to the Board and last fall, Jayson Bishop was named the new General Manager effective April 6th. Jayson has been the IT and Load Control Manager for over 15 years and has been active in the operations and management and rate setting. Many of you already know Jayson and he will do an excellent job.
As for me, I feel it’s time to spend more time with my wife Denise and our children and take time to really enjoy the great country where we live. I accepted this position nearly 15 years ago and I guarantee you, working for an electric cooperative and working for the owners of the cooperative is the best job I’ve ever had. I previously worked for an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) and although I enjoyed working for their customers, many of the corporate decisions were made to satisfy Wall Street and keep the stockholders happy.
At Midwest Electric, we are working for you! As a non-profit, all operating margins are returned to you the member. We are dedicated to providing you a high quality, reliable and competitively priced supply of electricity while maintaining a sound financial position.
The production of electricity continues to evolve. Many of you still remember the 32 volt battery that was charged by a wind turbine. Today we are taking a step back and redesigning the future with wind turbines and solar panels. However, technology has made tremendous strides and the future looks very bright for those technologies. There is a political push for zero carbon emissions and at some point with technology advances, I believe we can get there. You can rest assured that Jayson will take these challenges head on and will work to provide you will reliable and affordable electricity.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you and I have always appreciated your positive feedback.
*Midwest Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.*