Each year in March, I write a summary of the previous year’s electric reliability report. It’s fascinating to write each year because of the variety in Mother Nature’s behavior, which is a major determinant of outages. 2015 was a very weather-neutral year, which resulted in one of the lowest numbers of total member minutes out in Tipmont’s history. We weren’t so lucky in 2016, as two summer storms caused member minutes out to spike by 33 percent. In 2017, the total number of member minutes out was down about 16 percent from 2016.
In Japanese mythology, the yatagarasu is a three-legged crow whose arrival guided emperors toward periods of positivity and promise after hardship and strife.
As an electric cooperative, Tipmont is guided by a board of directors elected by our membership to represent their best interests when making important decisions. Being a member of this board is an incredibly important position in our community. The board’s decisions impact issues such as service rates, rights of way and work plans. This position holds significant responsibility and requires individuals who understand their community’s needs and serve the cooperative members’ best interest.
At the January 2018 board meeting, Tipmont REMC’s Board of Directors voted to authorize the design, construction and delivery of fiber optic broadband and related services to the Tipmont membership. The vote was unanimous and follows 18 months of due diligence, including extensive feasibility evaluation and market analysis.
According to WLFI-TV meteorologist Cameron Hopman, the cold snap we faced between December 26, 2017 and January 6, 2018 was the longest streak of sub-twenty degree temperatures in our area’s history. The unprecedented streak of cold weather resulted in very high energy use.
I frequently use this space to talk about how we define Tipmont as an essential services provider. We continued our journey in 2017 by focusing on those services that provide the best value while also staying consistent with our areas of expertise.
Weather affects your energy bill more than any other factor. The chart to the right shows how heating and cooling is responsible for nearly half of your energy use at home.
As you resume the post-holiday swing of things and start planning for all 2018 has in store, you may be working hard on a New Year’s resolution. (Or maybe you’re not. No judgment here.)
I am continually astonished at the breakneck pace that our world continues to change. In just a few years, many of today’s youth will have jobs that don’t even exist yet. How do we prepare these young people for a future that is so dynamic?
Tipmont REMC will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holiday: