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Coop News from EnerStar

Delayed rate increase implemented in January

As reported previously in this magazine, EnerStar Electric Cooperative was to have a small increase in its electric rates beginning April 2020. Amid the COVID-19 situation and upon staff recommendation, the board of directors delayed the increase.

Luck of the Draw Scholarship winners announced

The following area college students recently got some good news that they were the lucky winners of EnerStar’s Luck of the Draw Scholarship. Each student received a $500 scholarship. The scholarship program began last year and was drawn at the annual meeting. Since the meeting was postponed, the cooperative held the drawing in September. Congratulations to the winners!

Jim Lewis retires from EnerStar

Co-op employees celebrated the retirement of EnerStar’s Manager of IT Jim Lewis on Sept. 30. Jim joined the EnerStar team in 2000. From 1978 to 2000, Jim owned and operated Computer Wares in Paris. Even though he officially retired, co-op employees will see him around the office from time to time as he will continue to work on co-op special projects in the areas of information technology, GIS mapping and metering. Enjoy your retirement Jim! Congratulations!

Capital credit refund checks mailing in November

Earlier this year, after review of the cooperative’s financial position, the EnerStar board of directors voted to retire capital credits to current and former members of the cooperative who received electric service in 1988 and 1989. 

As a non-profit electric cooperative, EnerStar allocates annual operating margins, or profits, to members receiving service during the year. These margins are based on usage and are called capital credits. 

Drive up – don’t get out!

In a hurry? EnerStar’s convenient drop box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Located on the east side of the EnerStar parking lot.

Power On: October is National Co-op Month

As an electric cooperative, our top priority is always to provide reliable, affordable energy to you, the member-owners we serve. Because we are a co-op, our mission is to enrich the lives of our members and serve the long-term interests of our local community––and this mission has never been more critical than in recent months.

Position changes to current EnerStar employees

This year has brought several position changes to current cooperative employees. 

EnerStar, Co-Bank with help from ECCF distribute grants to area schools

For the ninth consecutive year, EnerStar Electric Cooperative has been awarded the CoBank Sharing Success matching grant. The grant’s purpose is to help cooperatives support causes and organizations important to the communities they serve. Because of the additional financial burdens faced by schools due to COVID-19, this year’s recipients are the following schools: Paris Crestwood, Kansas, Oakland, Chrisman, Shiloh, Martinsville and Marshall. 

Does your improvement qualify for a Power Moves rebate?

Check out www.powermoves.com to learn more!

When you make energy efficiency upgrades, you save energy, save money and help keep the planet squeaky clean. By our count, that makes for a win-win-win-win situation. Not too shabby, right? Another big positive is that sometimes those upgrades qualify for Power Moves rebates and incentives from EnerStar and our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance.

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