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Manager's Report - July 2016

Peak Demand, Staff Updates and Office Construction on the Horizon

     Family, cookouts and fireworks are a few of my favorite summer memories! As the weather gets hotter and the days get longer, remember that you can conserve on your electric bill by reducing your usage during our peak demand period from 3 to 6 p.m. Our goal is for our members to maximum savings during this time. If you have questions about peak rates, please contact us.

Energy Conservation Meeting 

     Mark your calendar! Butler REC is hosting an Energy Conservation presentation in Andover on July 14 at Terradyne Country Club. David Carter, an engineer with Kansas State University, will provide information on consumer electric conservation and other related topics. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m., and we encourage our membership to attend as we believe you will find this information to be very beneficial. Please RSVP by calling the office.

Haskell Recognized

     Retired Butler REC lineman JERRY HASKELL was recently named the Dennis Lesh Instructor of the Year at Pratt Community College. After 36 years of service with Butler REC, Haskell retired last fall then began teaching at PCC Electrical Power Lineman Programs.

     “I felt Jerry was a great nominee for this award because of his excellent ability to teach students on a level that I have never experienced before,” said PCC student Greyson Pihl. “Jerry creates both a fun and productive learning environment in the classroom and on the pole fi eld. Along with teaching us what we need to know to be successful in our jobs, he also taught us about life.”


Leckliter Retires After 30 Years

     More congratulations are in order for Butler REC Staking Engineer JEFF LECKLITER. Leckliter retired on June 30 after 30 years of service.

     Leckliter’s career started in 1985 as an apprentice lineman working his way to crew foremen and eventually becoming staking engineer. “I am proud to have been part of a cooperative that is always striving to do the right thing for its members and its employees,” Leckliter said.

     “Butler is always working to improve their reliability, efficiency, safety and technology.”

     Best wishes to Jeff in his retirement!


Butler Office Under Construction

     This fall our office will be “Under Construction.” After much discussion and consideration as to how to tackle our aging facility and structural issues, it was determined that new construction was in order. Cost effective measures will turn existing offices into warehouse space with new offices being added to the south end of our existing facility. We do not anticipate any disruption of service to our members during our construction phase and will keep you up to date on progress.

     Butler REC is excited to announce the addition of a half megawatt peak shaving generator to the cooperative owned generation mix. Not only is the generator beneficial during peak summer hours, the generator is portable and it will be a great asset to our members in outage situations.


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