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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.

Annual Meeting Rewind

Annual Meeting Rewind

By Timothy J. Power, CEO

On April 4th DS&O held its 79th annual meeting.  Just like in 2016, this year’s annual meeting took place at the Webster Conference Center on the north side of Salina.  We had another strong turnout, with nearly 400 in attendance, despite the rain.

We were honored to have Mike Heldstab, representing Senator Jerry Moran, in attendance.  Also attending were Phil Wages and Jill Taggart from KEPCo and Bob Hall from KEC.  We appreciated them coming out on a rainy night!

Electric cooperatives’ policy priorities

Electric Cooperatives’ Policy Priorities

By Dan Riedinger

As a member of DS&O, you know that providing safe, affordable and reliable electricity is our top priority 365 days a year. Our employees are dedicated to this mission, whether they work on a line crew or spend most of their time behind a desk. But it might surprise you to know just how much the work we perform in the communities we serve can be greatly affected by what lawmakers and regulators are doing in Washington, D.C. That’s why co-ops all across the country join together in making sure our leaders in Washington know what’s important to co-ops and their members.

Companies that Care - By Adam Schwartz

Companies that Care

By Adam Schwartz

Studies have shown that communities where owners occupy the majority of homes are more successful academically, are more physically fit and have a stronger sense of community. While owning a home may not be possible or desirable for everyone, ownership does matter. It just seems to make sense that we treat things we own with greater care.

Solar & More

Solar & More
By Timothy J. Power, CEO

The past couple years we have surveyed you, our members, on a variety of issues, including your interest in solar energy.

In August 2016 the DS&O board of directors voted to have a solar demonstration unit installed at our office in Solomon.  Our 4 kW solar unit is up and running.  We invite anyone interested to come by and check it out. 

Riley Sleichter Attends Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

Riley Sleichter was selected to attend the 40th annual Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. From July 16-22, Sleichter joined approximately 100 youth from Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma for the week-long camp that combines education about the cooperative business model with traditional camp pastimes.

RED ZONE & PEAK ALERTS By: Timothy J. Power, CEO

Timothy J. Power, CEO

RED ZONE & PEAK ALERTS

By Timothy J. Power, CEO

Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~Charles Bowden

As we head into the heat of summer, we share Charles Bowden’s optimism.  With our new residential rate structure and the installation of a peak generator, we are confident we will see significant savings on our power costs.  This, in turn, will reduce the likelihood of future rate increases.  But we need your help to make this happen.

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