2016 CEC Year-End Report
In 2016, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) continued providing safe, reliable electricity at a reasonable cost to its member-owners, was committed to the communities it serves, and dedicated to the Cooperative Difference.
Last year members received:
- $1,582,876 in capital credits.
- 171 Energy Star appliance rebates totaling more than $10,000.
- Assistance in paying electric bills. Through the generosity of its members, CEC's Family Fund helped 153 families in need pay electric bills during the heating season.
Reliability and timely power restoration continued to be areas of emphasis in 2016. The cooperative continues to maintain its lines. Last year CEC:
- Made major improvements across its territory.
- Replaced 3,438 meters with new technology.
- Inspected 5,176 poles.
- Cleared 314 miles of rights-of-way.
New technologies again played a big part in member satisfaction. In 2016 CEC:
- Continued utilizing SmartHub, which provides convenient account access and two-way communication to members online or via mobile devices to manage payments, notify member services representatives of account and service issues, check usage and more.
- Increased electronic payment processing to half of all payments received, which is convenient for members and saves on processing costs.
CEC strives to keep rates reasonable for its members. However, in 2016 CEC retail electric rates increased by 5 percent to cover increasing distribution costs.
CEC continued its commitment to the communities it serves. In 2016 CEC:
- Sent four students on Youth Tour, where they made lifetime memories and learned about government and cooperatives.
- Awarded 15 students the Good Neighbor Scholarship of $2,000 each.
Annual Meeting of the Members
At the cooperative's 79th annual meeting, almost 1,000 members and guests attended, and re-elected Richard Weaver, representing Clarion County and Ken Durrett representing Butler County to its board of directors. CEC encourages members to attend this year's 80th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Members Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
CEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative and serves approximately 25,000 members with over 3,000 miles of distribution line in portions of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties. Find out more by visiting www.central.coop.
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