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DS&O ALLOCATES 2017 MARGINS TO OUR MEMBERS

DS&O ALLOCATES 2017 MARGINS TO OUR MEMBERS

Distributed Generation and DS&O Rates

Distributed Generation and DS&O Rates

During the annual meeting this past April a member asked about the cooperative’s distributed generation (DG) rates and changes the board may consider when evaluating the net metering rate.

2017 Annual Meeting Summary

2017 Annual Meeting Summary

By Timothy J. Power, CEO

Nearly 380 attended DS&O’s 80th annual meeting, which was held on April 3rd at the Webster Conference Center on the north side of Salina.  KEC’s CEO, Bruce Graham, KEPCo’s Director of Member Services, Phil Wages, and KEPCo’s Director of Rates and Regulation, Mark Dolijac were also in attendance.  DS&O’s Communications Manager Derrick Rutherford again served as master of ceremony for the night.

Straight Talk - The Power Behind Your Power

The Power Behind Your Power

By Anne Prince

 

As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While DS&O strives to provide reliable electricity to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst—co-op lineworkers.

2018 Preview

2018 Preview

By Timothy J. Power, CEO

It’s time for my annual preview for the year ahead.

As I discussed last year at this time, I did not think the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was likely to survive.  As a reminder, the CPP basically called for states to shut down their coal (and some gas) plants, many of which have many years of useful life left.  Since most of these existing investments have not been paid off yet, the bill for adding more energy plants (that emit less carbon dioxide) before the current ones are paid for would fall on us, the rate payers.  The cost to rate payers was projected to be many billions of dollars.  Today, the Trump administration is still dismantling the CPP and the courts will be weighing in sometime in 2018.  In the end, we will likely get a watered down version of CPP or no CPP at all.  But CPP’s demise isn’t likely to save the coal industry.  As older coal plants come to the end of their useful lives, they are not being replaced by newer coal plants; instead, we are seeing more gas, solar, and wind generation each year.

Turning the Page on 2017

Turning the Page on 2017

By Timothy J. Power, CEO

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I wrote a recap of events for 2016!  From a mild winter to a hot and dry summer (at least for us in Solomon), it was busy as usual.  Here is a short recap of DS&O events in 2017.

Peak Generator – This past summer we leased a second generator to help us shave our peak demand.  We installed the 600 kW unit at our I-135 substation just NW of Salina and ran it in July and early August.  The unit was running when we hit our peaks in July and August.  Combined with our 1 MW peak generator in Solomon, we were able to net a savings of over $200,000 in power costs.

Name Change Survey

Name Change Survey
By Timothy J. Power, CEO

In the past few months we’ve conducted a couple surveys of our members.  One was for a possible name change from DS&O Electric to something else.  The other was an annual survey of our membership on a variety of issues.  This month, I want to give you an update on the name change survey.  Next month’s newsletter will review the general membership survey results.

Billing Date Change

Billing Date Change

DS&O is changing everyone’s billing and due dates beginning with the July billing.  DS&O is combining the billing periods into one to improve efficiencies and accuracy in financial reporting. 

DS&O mailed a letter highlighting this change with your May billing.  The letter stated that the schedule beginning with your July billing will be as follows:

Outage Management Technologies Improve Reliability

Outage Management Technologies Improve Reliability

By Tom Tate

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes,” as the old saying goes. Well, we can add another to the list: power outages. An outage can range from annoying to dangerous, depending upon its timing and length.

Our primary goal at DS&O is to deliver the highest possible quality of electric service at the lowest possible price. Perhaps the key measure of quality in the eyes of members is the number of times their lights blink or go out.

Let’s talk a bit about how the grid is designed as a backdrop to how technology is improving reliability by reducing blinks and outages. Along the power lines that bring electricity to your home, we install protective devices in the form of fuses and reclosers (high-voltage circuit breakers). Fuses and reclosers serve the same purpose as the fuses and circuit breakers in your home.

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