Living Our Principles is theme for 81st annual meeting
More than 300 members and guests participated in the business of their electric cooperative by attending our 81st annual meeting. The event was held April 20 at the Braham Event Center and via live video at the Superior Operations Center.
Board Chair Jerry Tvedt welcomed everyone to the meeting. District 3 Director Wayne Eller gave the invocation.
President/CEO Steve Shurts reported that the cooperative had a sound financial year in 2016. He explained how the Seven Cooperative Principles are guideposts for us as change reshapes the electric industry.
“We appreciate more fully the strengths of the cooperative business model and the solid foundation it provides,” he said. “The principles help us manage change, stay true to our mission and achieve positive results.”
His executive report highlighted the progress of the system-wide meter upgrade and the benefits we are already experiencing with the new meters. With more than 20,000 meters installed at the end of 2016, we noted shorter response times and increased efficiency in outage restoration, due to information provided by the meters.
Shurts pointed out that kilowatt-hour sales have decreased by 6.4 percent in the last 10 years, but we are successfully managing this change by promoting strategic electric sales and use. Participation in ECE’s load management programs grew in 2016, with 391 new systems adding 3.2 megawatts of controlled load.
This year, in voting districts 2, 4, and 5, only one candidate per district was nominated by petition. The candidates were confirmed by the ECE Credentials and Election committee and ECE’s legal counsel. With only one candidate for each district, voting by ballot was not necessary. Incumbents Lonnie Johnson, district 2, Joe Morley, district 4, and Jerry Tvedt, district 5, will serve four-year terms on the board of directors.
The board met immediately following the annual meeting to elect officers for the coming year. Re-elected to their positions were Chair, Jerry Tvedt; Vice Chair, Mike Kapalin; Secretary-Treasurer, Linda Laitala; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Bob Kaeter.