Rural Montana Magazine - November 2013 - page 3

T
he Montana
Electric
Cooperatives’
Association recently com-
pleted its annual member-
ship meeting under the
theme of, “The Power of
Communication.” One
item that was brought out
was the need for member
involvement in the impor-
tant issues facing electric
cooperatives. We asked
those in attendance to
sign up for our grassroots
network by providing us
with their e-mail address-
es so we could provide
them timely information
on our issues that they, in
turn, could use to weigh
in on the discussions.
We also asked the mem-
bers to go back to their
local cooperatives and sign
people up to help us in our
efforts to make sure elec-
tric cooperatives can con-
tinue to provide afford-
able, reliable power. And
they have been responding
with e-mail lists and per-
sonal interaction.
An excellent example
of the power of communi-
cation occurred this past
month with a conversa-
tion between the board
president of Tongue River
Electric Cooperative and
a local county commis-
sioner, who also sits on
the governor’s sage
grouse advisory council.
Last month in
Rural
Montana
we talked about
ongoing efforts to
increase the sage grouse
population in Montana,
and how such a plan
could work. This board
president contacted the
county commissioner and
outlined concerns and
solutions. The county
commissioner, in turn,
voiced those concerns and
solutions to the sage
grouse advisory council,
which ultimately adopted
many of our positions.
Now that’s the power of
communication.
As we move forward,
we will have an increas-
ing need to communicate
the co-op message on
vital issues. One that
jumps out is the recently
released proposed rules
by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA)
for carbon dioxide emis-
sions for new power
plants. These proposed
rules, if adopted, would
effectively shut down the
development of any new
coal-fired power plants in
the United States. The
proposed rules simply
require emission stan-
dards that cannot be
met under today’s com-
mercially available tech-
nology. Soon to follow
will be proposed rules for
emissions from existing
power plants that could
be equally bad.
We will do our best to
provide you accurate,
timely information so you
can help us in our efforts
to stop these unrealistic
proposals.
As always, we hope
you enjoy this month’s
Rural Montana.
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OVEMBER
2013
Dave Wheelihan is CEO of the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association
Rural Montana
NationalWinner,Award of Excellence
2006 Best Statewide Magazine, Spotlight
on Excellence contest, NRECA Council of
Rural Electric Communicators. 2009 Award
of Merit, Best Statewide Magazine, 2013
Statewide Editors Association Best Photo.
Vol. 59, No. 10, November 2013 (ISSN0199-6401)
Rural Montana
is an official publication of
Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association and
is published monthly by Montana’s rural electric
and telephone cooperatives in the interest of bet-
ter rural and urban understanding of the benefits
and the problems of rural utilities.
Managing Editor:
David Wheelihan
Communications Director, Editor:
Ryan G. Hall
Offices:
501 Bay Drive, Great Falls, MT 59404
Telephone:
(406) 761-8333 —
Fax:
761-8339
Website:
E-mail:
Brent McRae, Pres.
DeeDee Isaacs, Vice Pres.
Leonard Sivumaki, Sec.-Treas.
Bruce Bradley, NW Dir.
Rick Molvig, NE Dir.
Larry Trexler, SW Dir.
Charles Miske, SE Dir.
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Montana Electric
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Robert Rust
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Larry Kaufman
Cooperative Directors
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