Did you know the number of electric cars on the road globally passed the one million threshold for the first time in 2015? According to the International Energy Agency’s June 2016 report, sales of electric cars around the world amounted to 477,000, taking the total volume up to 1.15 million. Sales grew by 70% over 2014 levels. To localize the growth of electric cars, we recently built an electric service to a Tesla Supercharger Station in Miner, Mo., north of Ruby Tuesday. Superchargers are free connectors that charge Tesla’s Model S and Model X electric cars in minutes instead of hours. Stations are strategically located to minimize stops during long distance travel and are conveniently located near restaurants, shopping centers, and WiFi hot spots. Each station contains multiple Superchargers. Tesla’s team of engineers and contractors were pleasantly engaging as we worked on the project, which started back in November. As of press time, there are now 641 Supercharger Stations in the United States.
Hot, Hot, Hot
It’s now summertime! Your last several electric bills for your home may have reflected mild temperatures. The weather has been unusually mild. In fact, residential electric usage for the first six months of 2016 is down 13% as compared to 2015. Many member-owners reported to me that their May bill was the lowest they could remember. Some member-owners jokingly asked if we lowered the rate per unit of energy. My answer: We haven’t adjusted the rate per unit of energy since January 1, 2013. Please keep this in mind when you receive your next electric bill. Higher temperatures equal more usage, which equates to a higher bill. Seems like common sense to most electric users, but for those who are curious consider using our SmartHub app for your phone or computer. SmartHub allows you to see your daily usage as the month goes along to help you avoid bill shock. Also, please remember we offer a $50 rebate for ENERGY STAR rated individual window or through-the-wall, room air conditioner units to qualified member-owners. Please stop by Bloomfield or Sikeston or call us for more information.
NRECA’s New CEO
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s sixth chief executive officer. Matheson will succeed Jo Ann Emerson, who was stricken by a severe illness in August of last year. He will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in July. We welcome Jim, but we will miss Jo Ann. Please keep her in your prayers as she continues her recovery.
Thank you to the member-owners who attended the cooperative’s 2016 annual meeting. We appreciate your participation. The staff at the Miner Convention Center was great to work with during the event.
Book of the Month
“Do you read? I’m not asking if you can read: I’m asking if you do. Other people’s experience is the best teacher. You can tell a lot about a person from the leaves they drop as well.” Andy Andrews – The Noticer
Be smart. Act safe.