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2017 Director Elections

Nodak Electric Cooperative, Inc. will hold its 77th annual meeting Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Election for three positions will be held at the annual meeting. Members who desire to serve as a member of the Nodak Board of Directors may be nominated in one of two ways:

  1. By the Nominating Committee. The committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
  2. By a petition signed by 15 members of Nodak in good standing. The petition must be submitted to Nodak’s office 45 days prior to the annual meeting (Monday, Feb. 20, 2017).

If you are interested, or would like to know which district you reside in, please contact Nodak’s office at 701-746-4461 or 1-800-732-4373 for more information

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Perspective

Your cooperative purchases 100 percent of its wholesale power from Minnkota Power Cooperative, our generation and transmission cooperative. As you are probably aware, the power we purchase from Minnkota comes from several different resources. The lion’s share – about 60 percent – comes from coal and the other roughly 40 percent comes from renewable sources such as wind. Over the years, we’ve advocated an “all-of-the-above approach” when it comes to energy production and use, meaning that we believe we should use all of North Dakota’s bountiful resources to serve the energy needs of our membership. In part, that’s why today we have a generation mix that includes coal, wind, hydro and other small generation sources.

So, you could say that because of the generation mix we purchase, through the normal course of doing business with Nodak, you already receive roughly 40 percent of your power from renewable sources; however, that is a bit of an oversimplification. Actually, all of the energy produced by Minnkota is placed on the high-voltage transmission system and is essentially mixed together and sold to Minnkota’s 11 member cooperatives, with the balance being sold into the wholesale markets. Once the energy is placed on the grid and all blended together, you can’t really be sure where the renewable energy is delivered, or where the fossil fuel-based energy is delivered.

To address this issue, the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETs) was created and each kilowatt-hour of energy produced from a renewable source in the region is given a Renewable Energy Credit, or REC. An REC is a verification that electricity was generated from an eligible renewable resource before it was introduced into the electric grid. These RECs are then bought and sold or traded among those who want to be considered the end user of that renewable energy, and the REC is then retired when the energy is used. M-RETs tracks each of these RECs to ensure they are only used once.

Someone’s desire to have RECs retired on their behalf can come from a wide variety of interests. Some power companies have a mandate to sell a certain portion of their electricity from renewable sources, yet may not have enough of their own renewable generation to comply. Some companies are making products that they have a desire to market in a manner indicating they were produced with less environmental impacts. Federal government buildings are under a presidential direction to seek more renewable energy. And finally, some homeowners have a desire to utilize more renewable products due to their position on environmental impacts. Whatever the reason may be, through the purchase and retirement of RECs renewable energy goals can be attained.

To that end, we are introducing the Infinity Renewable Energy program. Nodak members who wish to purchase renewable energy for their home or business now have the option to do so by participating in our Infinity Renewable Energy program. Options to purchase 100 kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy, or 100 percent of your monthly energy needs, are available to those who wish to have RECs retired on their behalf. Participation in the program only takes a phone call and has no long-term commitments. On page 5, you’ll find a complete description of the program features and cost. If this is something you’re interested in, please call us and we will help ensure that the energy you use is recognized as coming from a renewable source.

In closing, I want to recognize that this publication will reach you during the holiday season, and I want to express our heartfelt thank you for your patronage and support this past year. We also want to remind all of you to think safety with your holiday lighting and decorating so we may all have a “merry and bright” holiday season. Happy holidays.

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Thank You, Roger; District 2 Director Needed

Cooperatives operate according to a set of seven core principles. One of those principles is Democratic member control. What that means is that we are governed by policy-driven initiatives set by a board of directors made up of member-owners. Member participation in electing that board of directors, as well as serving on the board of directors, are key factors in ensuring the cooperative is operated according to the expectations of our member-owners.

In the coming weeks, members of District 2 have a unique opportunity to help your cooperative by serving on its board of directors. Longtime director Roger Diehl has retired from the board after dedicating 40-plus years of service to Nodak, leaving a vacancy on our board. According to our bylaws, the remaining board members must appoint a replacement to serve in director Diehl’s position until the next election in April 2017. Accordingly, the board is asking interested parties to let their interest be known.

Your board of directors fulfills many vital roles for the cooperative that can be both challenging yet rewarding. Not only are they the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to setting the direction of the cooperative, they are also the local connection to the cooperative membership. Board members represent our eyes and ears throughout our service area. They bring back member concerns and suggestions, provide a local neighbor for you to discuss cooperative business with and represent your interests at the board table.

In the coming years, the co-op board and management will face many challenges working to provide reliable service at affordable rates while navigating the onslaught of new regulations and a push toward a carbon-constrained world. Your cooperative can only be as strong as the people who actively participate in it, so your board of directors is looking for someone with a strong commitment and a desire to help Nodak through the challenges that lie ahead.

If you are a Nodak member residing in District 2, meet the qualifications to be a director and want to help shape Nodak’s future, please let us know. Send us a letter expressing your interest and explaining your unique abilities for serving as a Nodak director. For more information regarding the requirements and process for submitting your letter of interest, refer to the notice on page 2 or go to our website at www.nodakelectric.com.

And finally, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to director Diehl for his many years of service on our board and his unwavering support to Nodak Electric and cooperatives in general. He has been a zealous advocate for the betterment of our cooperative and his contributions to making Nodak what it is today will be a lasting legacy. Thank you, Roger.

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