January is the ultimate symbol of fresh starts, new beginnings and a renewed commitment to be the best versions of ourselves. We tend to hit the gym a little harder, swap our beloved holiday cookies for fruits and vegetables, and reflect on the year under our belt as we move forward in the year ahead. It may not surprise many of you then that January was actually named for the Roman god Janus, a double-faced figure with one face looking to the past while the other gazed upon the promise of a brighter future. The lesson here is that we cannot fully actualize our best, or at least better, selves without evaluating the ups and downs of a year gone by and bringing those learnings into the 366 days (thanks to the leap year) that lie ahead.
In 2023, we made massive strides in updating our infrastructure to best serve our booming service areas (read more in our Every Day Empowered spread). We’ve worked closely with economic development councils, chambers of commerce and new businesses looking to set up shop within our 19 counties with the goal of preserving the integrity of these communities, while also ushering in job opportunities. Additionally, our cooperative has become a more diverse and inclusive place both within our employee base and within our membership. In an even more digitally reliant world, our Engineering/Operations and IT departments have worked steadfastly to keep your cyber safety at the forefront of everything we do (as you will read in this issue).
Now, with both feet fully planted in 2024, many of these efforts will continue. And yet, we also know there is always room for improvement. We’ve long been discussing an update to our website and digital assets and we are aiming to roll out a more user-friendly web experience this year. We are also determined to continue educating our membership on savings and sustainability tips to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck – by teaching you, our members, how the cooperative model supports you, and by providing access and support to those who may need a little help.
2024 is going to be a great year, not because it will be easy (there are bound to be challenges) but because we have the community, the network and the people to make it great. Here’s to a fresh start and a happy New Year from all of us at EnergyUnited.
Thomas Golden, CEO