Officers for the upcoming year were elected, current projects were discussed and future plans were outlined when Mid-Kansas Electric Co. held its 6th annual meeting in Ulysses on May 18.
The agenda for the meeting also included an outline of regulatory challenges facing the cooperative, including transmission policy and the transition to the Southwest Power Pool Integrated Marketplace in March of 2014.
Mid-Kansas Electric Co. is a coalition of five rural electric cooperatives and one wholly owned subsidiary that serve about 200,000 Kansas customers in 33 counties. Members include Lane-Scott Electric Coop at Dighton, prairie Land Electric Coop at Norton, Southern Pioneer Electric Col at Ulysses, Victory Electric Coop association at Dodge City, Western Cooperative Electric Association at WaKeeney and Wheatland Electric Coop in Scott City.
Steve Epperson, a representative of Southern Pioneer Electric Co. was elected chairman of the board of directors and Bruce Mueller, a representative of Wheatland Electric Coop was elected vice chairman.
Stuart Lowry, Mid-Kansas's president and CEO said the company has made significant progress in the last year.
"In a relatively short period of time, Mid-Kansas has made great strides in bolstering its generation and transmission assets to better serve our members," he said. "These projects would not have been possible without the expertise and visionary approach of the Mid-Kansas board, which bases each decision it makes on wheat is in the best interest of the members it serves."
Lowry also reflected on the history of rural cooperatives, which began the effort of bringing electricity to America's farms, ranches and rural communities 77 years ago in the company's spring newsletter.
In those 77 years, he said, the goals of member-owned electric cooperatives have not changed. They remain committed to serving the needs of members and advocating for them at a national level.
The annual report of the company and other details of the meeting are available on the Mid-Kansas website.