An open letter to members of Lake Country PowerThe Lake Country Power (LCP) Board of Directors has the responsibility to maintain reliable electric service while dealing with rising costs and rates. We also have a responsibility to involve members and set rates as fairly as possible within a member-owned co-op.
By: Sherman Liimatainen, Pine Journal
The Lake Country Power (LCP) Board of Directors has the responsibility to maintain reliable electric service while dealing with rising costs and rates. We also have a responsibility to involve members and set rates as fairly as possible within a member-owned co-op.
Board Advisory Vote Recommendation: Option 1
The LCP Board and the Cooperative’s Rate Review Committee recommend members vote for Option 1 on the upcoming advisory ballot, because it represents the fairest way for the cooperative to move forward. Now it’s your turn. And it’s important that members cast an informed vote.
The primary benefit of Option 1: Energy (kWh) rates will drop for members, and members using more than 800 kWh in a month will actually see a savings on their bill. On the other side of the equation, the monthly facilities charge will increase. Increasing the monthly facilities charge is the fairest and most transparent way to show members how much it costs the cooperative to provide basic electric service to each meter.
To pay these costs, we all have to work together. Every person uses lines, poles and substations when we turn on our lights. It’s one system. In Option 1, the preferred option, we propose that everyone pay a higher monthly facilities charge to recover those costs. That means everyone...every month.
Why? Because even if you don’t use ANY electricity one month, we still have to maintain power poles, lines, equipment, etc...we still have costs. There is a short video that explains these issues further at the Lake Country Power website at www.lakecountrypower.coop where additional information for members is also available for review.
Applying Co-op Principles
Cooperatives are member-owned. Involving member-owners is a core principle in operating a co-op. I encourage members to participate in an upcoming meeting and to cast an informed vote through the upcoming advisory ballot. Ballots should arrive in members’ mailboxes by May 20 and have to be returned no later than June 8; or members can bring to the June 9 meeting in Cromwell before 9 a.m.
The LCP Board also encourages all members to attend the annual meeting June 9 at the Cromwell-Wright High School. For additional facts and information about the need for rate change, I encourage members to visit the LCP website at www.lakecountrypower.coop.
Sherman Liimatainen represents Lake Country Power members in District 9, which includes the Saginaw, Moose Lake and Kettle River areas. He can be reached at 218-409-5252 or email@example.com.