Co-op Holds 2018 Annual Meeting
A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) membership re-elected four of its board directors and heard detailed reports during the 78th Annual Meeting on August 23rd.
In 2017, ANEC completed its Tangier Island facility project, which included a new office building, upgraded substation and a renovated generator building. The upgraded facilities will serve both Tangier and neighboring Smith Island, Md. well into the future, Board Chairman Addison Nottingham told the crowd gathered at Nandua High School in Onley.
He also thanked cooperative employees and local farmers for their response to the winter blizzard earlier this year, which brought heavy winds and snow into the area.
“Area farmers assisted crews, using their personal equipment to access secondary roads that our equipment could not reach. The Board of Directors appreciates the great commitment to our members that everyone displayed during the event, and would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of those involved,” Nottingham said.
The cooperative board honored former chairman Phillip B. Tankard, who recently passed away. Tankard served on the cooperative’s board for more than 50 years, serving his last 11 as the board’s chairman. His daughter, Cindy Lattimore was presented a framed resolution signed by the current board.
Nottingham announced that the board recently voted to return $1.7 million in capital credits to the membership, which will be reflected as a notice on August billing statements. The cooperative has retired nearly $24 million in capital credits to the membership since 1981.
Cooperative attorney Henry P. Custis, Jr. conducted board elections. In addition to 2,430 votes cast by proxy, the 165 members present re-elected Christopher D. Bott to his District 1 seat, E. Garrison Drummond to his District 2 seat, Ralph W. Dodd to his District 4 seat and Penney P. Holland to her District 4 seat.
ANEC CEO Butch Williamson addressed upcoming initiatives, which will boost value to services offered by the cooperative. A highlight of those efforts are the phase-in of automated metering infrastructure (AMI) over the coming year, which will enhance billing options, improve meter data with system operations and will lead to quicker restoration efforts. Williamson also touched on an enhancing the cooperative’s surge protector program and the potential of adding a household stand-by generator program for members.
He explained that an approved increase to the co-op’s base rate, the first since 1991, will more accurately cover distribution costs and could result in lower electric bills during “non-summer” months, but members would see an increase in costs during the four “summer” months from June to September.
“Your participation in our Beat the Peak program will help us keep costs as low as possible for you and your co-op,” he added.
Williamson also added that A&N is among the first Virginia co-ops approved to offer solar energy as a choice for members. He said members can subscribe to 50 kilowatt blocks of energy through the Cooperative Sunshare program, with much of this generated at the nearby 20-megawatt Cherrydale Solar facility in Northampton County.
More details about the Cooperative Sunshare program can be found at anec.com.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) CEO Marcus Harris detailed the power supply cooperative’s diverse assets and reminded attendees of A&N’s representation on the ODEC board. He said, “Our goal is to be evolutionary, not revolutionary, so that we can provide you with affordable and reliable energy for decades to come.”
Patsy Goard, who has served as ANEC’s Youth Tour chaperone for more than two decades, introduced the five high school students who participated in this year’s event. Attendees then enjoyed a video with highlights of this NRECA leadership development program that gathers co-op youth from around the nation for a week in Washington D.C., including a meeting with Congressman Scott Taylor and Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.
Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the board held officer elections, re-electing Addison Nottingham as its chairman, Bott as its Vice Chairman and Robert L. Nock as the board’s Secretary-Treasurer.