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Please make room for roadside crews

When the power goes out, so do crews from EnerStar Electric Cooperative. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve.

If you’re traveling and see one of our crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over if possible and give them a little extra space to work. We deeply care about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that.

2016 capital credit allocation notices mailed

EnerStar recently mailed to all members who received electric service in 2016 a notice of their individual capital credit allocation.

“We encourage members to put the allocation notice with the rest of their important papers,” said EnerStar’s Susan Watson, member services-billing supervisor. She also encouraged those members who were members in 2016 but did not receive a notice to contact the cooperative office.

Live Line Demo comes to EnerStar

Co-op takes time to plug into safety We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes.

To promote safety education in our local communities as part of the co-op’s mission, EnerStar recently sponsored two Live Line Demo events at the cooperative’s headquarters.

Gene Higginbotham retires from board

Gene Higginbotham of Martinsville, who has served as the director from District 7 since 1998, has announced his retirement from the cooperative board of directors.

EnerStar Electric Cooperative holds Annual Meeting of Members

As is tradition, EnerStar Electric Cooperative members gathered for their 78th Annual Meeting of Members, following a pancake and sausage breakfast, on Sat., March 18. Once again, members were able to participate in the meeting through real-time voting. Each household was given a remote to help “voice” their answers to questions offered by President/CEO Mike Clark throughout the meeting. 

In his address, Clark updated members on EnerStar Electric’s upcoming community solar initiative, rate stability, financial condition and member satisfaction. “It’s a great day to be a co-op member,” said Clark. “I am very proud of where our cooperative is. Our equity levels and our system infrastructure are both in a good position, but you can count on us to always seek opportunities for improvement.”

Thank You

Enerstar would like to thank the following vendors and businesses who donated door prizes to our 77th Annual Meeting of Members

2017 Annual Meeting Board Director Elections

During the annual meeting, members re-elected three members to the board of directors. Front row shown (l-r) Jeff Zimmerman of Oakland, and Robert Staley of Paris. Back row shown (l-r) CEO Mike Clark, and Daniel Gard, Jr, of West Union.

EnerStar Retires Capital Credits

    As a not-for-profit rural electric
cooperative, EnerStar is owned by the members who receive electricity from our cooperative. At the end of the year, after all the revenues have been collected and all the expenses are paid, the remaining margins (profits) are allocated to members who received electric service during the year. These are called capital credits. They
represent member equity in our
cooperative.

    The EnerStar Board of Directors reviews the financial health of the cooperative each year to determine if it is financially feasible to authorize a capital credit retirement.

    During one such review in 2015, the cooperative issued capital credit checks to current and former members who had electric service for the years 1969 to 1976. 

    The cooperative is attempting to locate these former members (or possibly their heirs) who received service during that time. The Cooperative does not have a valid address on the accounts listed below.

    If your name or the name of a family member is listed in this publication, please have them contact EnerStar’s Member Services Department at 1-800-635-4145. If it is a family member and they are now deceased, we would need the estate executor to contact the office for additional instructions on a
special estate retirement. 

Years of Service Recognized

EnerStar is fortunate to have employees and directors with many years of experience. At the 78th annual meeting to be held on March 18, two employees and three directors will be recognized for their years of service.

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