Every year for Valentine’s Day, an estimated 145 million greeting cards are exchanged in the U.S. alone, according to Hallmark, making it the second largest holiday for greeting cards after Christmas (from womensday.com). And while this holiday typically takes on a more personal tone, for the sake of this letter I’d like to put a “friendly” spin on it. This season offers us the opportunity to share how much we appreciate and care for the people around us, and that includes you, our members.
The single biggest thing that sets us apart is you, our members. As a not-for-profit, we are committed to providing you with the most reliable energy at the lowest possible cost, not because it benefits stakeholders, but because it’s what’s right for our members.
Our initiatives are carried by that same drive: to keep our members happy with 99.9% safe, reliable energy. As a cooperative, we maintain more than 11,000 miles of energized power lines. To put this number in perspective: If this infrastructure was stretched out over a straight line, it would cover about the same distance as from Charlotte to Perth, Australia.
That makes maintaining this reliability stat no easy feat. And yet, our commitment to you does not waiver. This year, we will continue our third year of copper replacement which helps prevent outages and reduce line losses over time, among many other infrastructural improvements.
Though this year is just getting off the ground, I am excited for all that 2024 holds. We value you and always work with your best interest at heart. After all, our cooperative is a powerful thing, and the community and love that energizes it, equally so.
Thomas Golden, CEO