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2020 Vision for the Future - Updates from EnerStar CFO David Clinton

For the past year, long before the word COVID-19 had entered our vocabulary, extensive planning has been completed to prepare EnerStar Electric Cooperative for 2020 and beyond. Since our annual meeting has been postponed, we felt it important to share these plans in our monthly magazine. There is one thing you can be sure of and that is your cooperative board and management are thinking about the long-term health and stability of our electric cooperative

CEO Column

Hello co-op members! I am excited to be back at EnerStar after working with our co-op’s power supplier for the past 15 years. It has felt like a homecoming of sorts. While some aspects of the service territory have changed, many stalwarts of the community have remained steadfast. I look forward to meeting new members as well as re-acquainting with familiar faces during the coming months.

EnerStar Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Keeping the lights on is our priority. Recent events have triggered portions of our Emergency Response Plan. To keep our workforce healthy and able to serve our members, some employees will be working remotely and the EnerStar lobby will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. You can count on our employees to serve our members’ needs and restore power outages promptly. Payments can be made over the phone, through our website at or mobile SmartHub app, left in the night deposit box, or at MoneyGram locations using the billing code 15228. The co-op will reimburse any Money Gram processing fee of $1.50 per transaction. With your needs, call us at 800-635-4145 or email at power@enerstar.com.

What is right-of-way and why is it necessary?

A right-of-way, when it comes to utilities, is an agreement that allows a utility to use or access a piece of property according to the terms of the easement.

EnerStar, Co-Bank grants help local food pantries, ambulance service

For the eighth 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. This year, the Compassionate Food Pantry of Edgar County, the Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service and the Chrisman Food Pantry each received $5,000.

EnerStar linemen take top honors at Lineman’s Safety Rodeo

Eleven teams of linemen from 10 electric cooperatives and one municipal electric company participated in the 22nd annual Lineman’s Safety Rodeo sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) on Friday, Sept. 27. The rodeo gives linemen the opportunity to showcase their skills in a friendly competition with other lineworkers across the state.

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