No need to mince words: Life will be difficult for the next several weeks as we all adapt, adjust and sacrifice to serve our roles in social distancing to help preserve public health.
As I write this, we're in unprecedented and uncertain times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected so many of our longstanding institutions and disrupted daily life for all of us. In the case of Tipmont and Wintek, our delivery of critical infrastructure makes our responsibility to the communities we serve more important now than ever.
Earlier this year, I was thrilled to join Tipmont and Wintek in the role of business development director. I was previously with Greater Lafayette Commerce for 24 years, most recently as vice president, economic development. My new role will build strong relations with existing and new customers throughout Tipmont and Wintek’s service area. I will also be working closely with the local community leadership to attract new industry and help create economic opportunities.
Wintek powered by Tipmont has enabled free public WiFi at North Montgomery Schools to support students who are unable to attend school due to Coronavirus restrictions. The free WiFi is available in the main parking lot next to US 231.
We are committed to the well–being of our customers, our employees, and our communities. As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we rely on health and safety information from experts to ensure the decisions we make are consistent with local community, state, and federal standards. We want to stress that all of our essential services will remain unaffected.
Effective immediately, we are implementing the following measures:
Tipmont REMC holds an annual meeting each year with the primary purpose of electing board members who govern our cooperative. Being a member of this board is an important position. The board's decisions impact service rates, rights-of-way, work plans and much more. This position holds significant responsibility and requires individuals who understand their community’s needs and serve the cooperative members’ best interest. Each director is elected to a three-year term.
2019 was a phenomenal first year
We connected more than 700 new Wintek customers throughout the Linden and Battle Ground build areas, far ahead of our original business plan projections. What’s more, 500 are in our queue and more than 6,500 people have registered their interest in Wintek powered by Tipmont internet service at join.wintek.com. Make sure you’re signed up, especially if you live in one of the current or 2020 build areas so we can keep you informed of our progress.
It’s always interesting to look back and compare our reliability data from year to year. In 2019, our top outage causes were power supply, trees and equipment failure, which is consistent with every other year going all the way back to 2012. Of those three, power supply (also known as transmission) comprised over 51% of total member minutes out.
Effective Jan. 22, Tipmont’s energy charge will increase from $0.1034 per kWh to $0.1054 per kWh and the service charge will increase from $32.50 per month to $34.50 per month. For the average residential consumer, this equals about $4.75 per month
Why is it that farmers’ markets always feel the farthest away in February? No matter what the groundhog says, we’re only weeks away from strolling in the sunshine for fresh, local fare. But February is definitely a gut-wrenching gauntlet of sizable snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.