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RECC Lobby Closed – Office Remains Open

Cooperative Offices will be restricted to outside visitors starting March 19, 2020 (Thursday).

As a cooperative, we have a responsibility to do what is in the best interest of all our members.  By closing our lobbies, RECC is limiting the direct exposure of our employees and members.  Even though our doors will be locked we will continue to do business as normal. Our service and field personnel will also be employing “social distancing”.

Members are still able to conduct necessary business through our SmartHub app, phone, mail, and night deposit box.  When dropping payments into the deposit box, please include your name, account number, and phone number.  Cash payments will be accepted in the deposit box; however, NO change will be made available.

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, please contact our office to make payment arrangements.  Every effort will be made to assist our members during this time.

We will continue to post updates on social media and our website www.recc.coop.

Anyone with questions can call our office at 217-438-6197.

Thank you,

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative

 


Stay at Least 6′ Away from Lineworkers

Not everyone can stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes our line workers. The CDC recommends a 6-foot distance from others, so when you see RECC crew members out and about, please just give them a wave to say hello!


RECC Equity Rotation was Paid as a Bill Credit!

At the July 23, 2019 board meeting, Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) directors approved the rotation/retirement of $387,846.10 in capital credit equity. All current and former member/owners, who received electric service and contributed to margins in 1984, were repaid. As an active member, you will see a “Capital  Credit Refund” on your September bill, which was on October 7, 2019. Capital credit equity comes from the cooperative’s margins, which amounts to the difference between the money we collect during the year minus our operating expenses. Until it’s repaid to members, the equity is used to finance new construction and
system improvements. RECC has returned over $4 million in member equity since 1978.  A key difference between electric cooperatives and investor owned utilities are capital credits. An investor-owned utility returns
a portion of their profit ts to shareholders. But, RECC allocates 100 percent of our margins to the members, who purchase electricity during the year. Estates of deceased members can continue receiving capital credit  retirements or choose a discounted capital credit equity payout to close out a membership account. Please let us know if you have any questions about your capital credit account. Thank you for your past purchases from  RECC!


2020 Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 31

We are pleased to share with you that the 2020 Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship application is now available. AIEC will again be awarding 12 – $2,000 scholarships.

Of the 12 scholarships, six will be awarded to the sons or daughters of electric co-op members attending a two-year or four-year accredited college or university, four will be reserved for sons or daughters attending an Illinois community college, one “Earl W. Stuck Memorial Scholarship” to the son or daughter of an electric co-op employee or director, and one “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship.”

All information is available online and applications are due by December 31, 2019.

To apply for the scholarship click here.


RECC sponsors students in Washington

Will Ryan & Jocelyn Nester

Two area students were among 69 rural Illinois youths in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, held June 14-21. Jocelyn Nester of Springfield and William Ryan of Rochester represented Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative on the educational trip.

This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.

The Illinois group joined more than 1,730 young leaders from across the country, a record high for the “Youth to Washington” Tour.

As part of the introduction to the cooperative business model, students on the trip set up a “Pop-and-Chip” cooperative to provide snacks for the group. The students start the cooperative from the ground up electing a board of directors, hiring a manager and employees along with setting prices for their “services.” Jocelyn and Will were both elected to the co-op’s board of directors, and were integral in setting prices and planning supplies for the week.

Juniors in local high schools are eligible to participate in the annual program, which begins with the Illinois Youth Day event held in the spring. To learn more about the “Youth to Washington” Tour go to www.youthtour.coop or www.facebook.com/ILYouthtoWashington.

 

 


February Electric Bill Reflects “Rate Decrease”

While virtually all aspects of today’s cost of living continues to rise, RECC members have enjoyed one of the longest periods of rate stability in recent history. In fact, all RECC electric rates are now lower than they were in 2009!

In 2016, the board approved a new 10.5-year Power Supply Contract with NextEra Energy Power Marketing, LLC. This long-term contract significantly lowered the cooperative’s wholesale power costs and neutralized our exposure to the electricity markets.

In 2018, the first year of our new wholesale power contract, the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) went from a “charge” of $0.0085 per kWh to a “decrease” of $0.006 per kWh. When compared to 2017, RECC Members saved $1,616,128 in lower electric bills.  The PCA reduction of $0.006 per kWh will continue for all electric rates in 2019!

On Dec. 11, 2018,  the board extended our Power Supply Contract with NextEra Energy through 2033. The fixed rate protects our members from an unstable energy market, which includes fluctuating natural gas prices and environmental uncertainties.

In addition to the PCA reductions, all members on Rates 1, 5, 25 and 27 will see their Facility Charge reduced by $6 per month ($72 per year). Most of our members are served by the Residential/Farm Rate 1.

Residential/Farm Rate 1 example: Members, who use 1,000 kWhs per month, will save $72 from the $0.006 per kWh PCA reduction and $72 from the Facility Charge decrease. Together, the savings will total $144 annually. Members who use 500 kWhs per month will save $108 annually.

Once again, all our members will realize an immediate benefit. Individuals will see varying reductions in their electric bill, depending on their rate schedule, monthly energy use and in some cases their usage patterns, such as peak demands.

“Even with the recent rate reductions, we know that members are concerned with more than just price,” said President/CEO David Stuva. “Member satisfaction is the right combination of price, quality of service, reliability and commitment to the communities we serve.”

Rate 1 decrease continues a decade of stability

There are over 4,200 RECC members on Rate 1, which is officially described as the Residential and Farm Service rate. The current Rate 1 schedule was established back in 2009, with a $35 Facility Charge and a three-tiered rate that declined as electrical use increased. In the last 10 years, only minor changes were made: including a slight increase in the over 3,000 kWh block and Power Cost Adjustments (PCA) ranging from $0.0030 to $0.0085. These PCAs were applied to each kWh to help the cooperative compensate for escalating power prices and increases in transmission charges.

PCAs are not always bad. They can be used to provide credits to members when wholesale power costs are less than expected. That’s what happened in January 2018 when RECC changed its wholesale power provider to NextEra Energy. The $0.0085 PCA was removed and replaced with a PCA credit of $0.006. Those changes amounted to an approximate penny and a half per kWh reduction and is illustrated in the difference between the 2017 and 2018 columns below.

After a successful first year of our new power contract, the board determined that additional reductions could be made. On Jan. 1, 2019, the Rate 1 Facility Charge was reduced by $6, while continuing the $0.006 PCA credit. The chart below shows that all 2019 totals are $6 less than 2018. The Facility Charge decrease and PCA credit improved a rate that has been stable for the last decade.

 

10 – Year Comparisons for Rate 1
Monthly Use 2009 2011 2017 2018 2019
500 kWh $97.00 $100.10 $102.86 $95.60 $89.60
1,000 kWh $159.00 $162.50 $170.70 $156.20 $150.20
3,000 kWh $395.00 $404.00 $420.50 $377.00 $371.00

Northwestern Food Pantry Receives Co-op Donation

Employees of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) collected $300 for the Northwestern Food  Pantry. President/CEO David Stuva agreed that RECC would match their contributions. Pastor John Chrisler, Palmyra United Methodist Church, was grateful to receive the $600 charitable donation and said it would really help the people in the Palmyra and Modesto area this year. RECC employees have recently made similar donations to food pantries in Pawnee, Raymond, Girard, and Waverly. We certainly hope the tradition continues.


$2,500 Co-op Community Grant Winners Announced

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) awarded grants to South Fork Elementary and Franklin East Grade School. Nicole Perkins of South Fork was awarded 2018’s first $2,500 grant. The 2nd grade teacher submitted a compelling application explaining her schools’ financial situation and the need for modern technology. The grant money will enable most of her students to acquire Chromebook computers. Delivering the winning grant was rewarding for RECC staff as well. The children’s painting project was interrupted as they were surprised by the winning announcement.

The other $2,500 grant was awarded to Danielle Evans, 2nd grade teacher at Franklin. Their school has been reorganizing; closing and opening buildings. This has resulted in materials being split and used by multiple classes in various locations.  Their grant will be used to purchase guided reading books. Now, K- 2nd grade will have access to the entire set of new material. Franklin’s check presentation was made while students and faculty were attending their morning meeting. They were surprised and appreciative of the cooperative’s gift.

Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thanks to all who submitted grant applications. We encourage all teachers to reapply for Co-op Community Grants in 2019. During the presentation of both awards, the teachers emphasized to their students that they were able to get the grants because they found the time and made the effort to apply. They did the work, filled out the forms, and took the initiative. In other words, one must participate to win; a lasting message for all students.

RECC’s $2,500 Co-op Community Grants were the largest ever offered to our schools. In 2017, Waverly Elementary and Ball Chatham were each awarded a $2,000 grant. Previous $500 winners include: Morrisonville Elementary, Raymond Grade School, and Glenwood Intermediate School.

The Co-op Community Grants are made possible by RECC’s donation, along with matching funds provided by CoBank’s Sharing Success program.  CoBank matching grants allow RECC to support the causes we care about most. Our shared goal is to serve the people of rural America. RECC & CoBank have been great partners and the two organizations have contributed $10,000 to our community in 2018.


$5,000 Co-op Community Grant Awarded to Prairieland Ambulance

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) has selected Prairieland Ambulance as the recipient of this year’s Co-op Community Grant. The gift was made possible with matching funds obtained through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. The $5,000 grant was the largest RECC has donated to a single organization.

After a competing transport company vacated the area, some worried that they would be under-served and experience additional delays in service. Prairieland’s goal was to help fill that void by providing two fully equipped ambulances. They had a second rig that was used sparingly, but keeping two functional units would prove costly.

Ambulance equipment is expensive, and continuous funding is always necessary. Local organizations and volunteers have donated labor, gave money, and organized fund-raising events. RECC is just one of the many contributors to this project, but the Co-op Community Grant should go a long way in keeping their second rig up and running. Their success will benefit the whole community and we believe this is a cause worth supporting.

 


$2,500 Co-op Community Grants Available

$2,500 Co-op Community Grant Application Form

 Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative is offering two schools the chance to receive a $2,500 Co-op Community Grant. The two grants, totaling $5,000, are comprised of RECC’s contribution of $2,500 and matching funds provide by CoBank’s Sharing Success program.  Only one grant may be given within the same school district. Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative reserves the right to photograph the grant winners and use the photos for publicity purposes. Projects must be completed within the 2018-2019 school year. Recipients must provide written proof of completion detailing how the grant funds were used.

All applications should include the following details:

  1. A description of the project and what it will accomplish.
  2. The estimated cost of the project itemized if appropriate.
  3. An explanation of why outside funds are necessary to carry out the project.
  4. When the project would be completed.
  5. The number of people affected by the project.
  6. Are items purchased reusable and will they benefit future students.

Eligibility is limited to schools located in RECC’s service area. Teachers and administrators of K-12 public and private schools may apply. While electricity and energy are not required to be the central topics of any project, entries that do include energy education will be weighted more favorably.

Deadline: Application forms must be received at Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative’s office by mail, drop-off delivery or e-mail no later than September 15, 2018. Awards will be announced by November 1, and the project must be completed by May 31, 2019.

Judging Process:

Applications will be reviewed by an impartial panel of judges. If necessary, applicants may be contacted for additional information.

 

Applicant’s Name ________________________________________ Title ______________________________

 

School Name ______________________________________________________________________________

 

School Address ____________________________________________________________________________

 

Daytime Phone Number (       ) _____________________ E-mail _____________________________________

 

Signed: _______________________________________ Date: _____________________________________

(Teacher or Administrator)

 

Contact Information:  

Mail to:            Sandy Lex, Member Services Liaison

E-mail to:         sandy.lex@recc.coop

Phone:             (217) 438-6198