Read the following, then go to www.stopepawy.com for more information and to help stop the EPA’s plan.
Wyoming, along with the industries that work to provide energy to the state and the nation, are committed to clean air, clear visibility, and continued protection of the state’s natural areas. To accomplish that, Wyoming has a state implementation plan for regional haze. To date, Wyoming’s total reduction of NOx tons brought about through its state implementation plan is among the highest in the nation. Despite that, a federal agency has said that it wants to set aside the state’s regional haze program in order to implement a federal program. But when it comes to a federal takeover of the state’s visibility decisions, the benefits are hazy and the huge costs are crystal clear.
The benefits are hazy. According to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, the federal requirements would result in insignificant visibility differences.
And the huge costs are crystal clear. The federal government would require expensive technology to be installed on Wyoming power plants. It equates to more than $1 billion in capital costs and millions in annual operating expenses that couldn’t help but affect rate-payers in a difficult economy.
This expensive Washington solution will provide an insignificant benefit in Wyoming’s cities, national parks and wilderness areas. Most of the small amount of haze Wyoming has comes from wildfires and can’t be controlled in this plan.
There is a better way. Without the federal plan, Wyoming residents can count on the state and industry continuing to work together to preserve the state’s clean and clear air – making responsible investments and using proven technologies – taking a hazy federal mandate, and replacing it with a clear solution for Wyoming.
From the Desk of...Chuck Witte, General Manager
2014 Annual Meeting...
The date for our Annual Meeting is set. Please make plans to attend our Annual Meeting at the 4-H Building in Wheatland on Wednesday the 26th of February. We are trying to make plans for a Health Fair and other activities. We will notify you later of the times and activities. The nominating committee has been selected and you can contact them if you or someone you know is interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors, or if you have any suggestions for changes to the By-Laws. The members on the committee are: Connie Kersting, Mary Ann Wilhelm, Darin Geringer, Lewana West and Ginger Settles. The Board seats up for election are from district one (Glendo Area), and district three (Chugwater Area), currently held by Britt Wilson and Jack Finnerty.
The rate study that C. H. Guernsey is doing for us is not complete at this time. The preliminary work shows that the rate increase will be about 1.09%. This is a pass through rate increase as Tri-State G & T has increased our wholesale cost of power by $134,175. The increase you receive will depend upon what rate class you are in, how you use electricity and how much electricity is used each month. Yes, the rate will go into effect the first of January, 2014. We will send letters telling you what the rate increase is going to be.
Wheatland REA does hereby provide written notice of a wholesale pass-through rate increase from our power supplier Tri-State Generation & Transmission. The overall retail rate increase of 1.09% is effective January 1, 2014. Members may file a written complaint stating their objections to the rate adjustment and requesting a hearing. The complaint is to be filed at the office of Wheatland REA at 2154 South Road, Wheatland, WY 82201. Pursuant to W.S. Section 37-17-104, if a complaint signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the member owners in a rate class is filed with the Wheatland REA, then a hearing shall be conducted by the Wheatland REA’s Board of Directors, to attempt to resolve the complaint. If within two (2) months of final implementation of the retail rate, a complaint signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the member-owners in any rate class is filed with Wheatland REA’s Board of Directors, the board shall have two (2) months from the date of filing to attempt to resolve the complaint. The complaint may be filed with the Wyoming Public Service Commission after the expiration of this two (2) month period. Upon filing of the complaint with the Commission, the Commission shall investigate the rate adjustment. A complaint filed with the Commission shall be resolved pursuant to Commission hearing and enforcement procedures.
The inclement weather in October caused some widespread power outages. We did receive some ice in our service area along with strong winds and snow. The heavy fog made it very difficult for the linemen to find problems on the line and also very dangerous. We try our best to keep the power on, but in severe weather like we had, that task is limited. For those of you that have backup generators, please make sure that you have a double throw switch or some means of separating your service from the main line. That way you are not back feeding the lines and making it very dangerous for our linemen.
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