Western Illinois Electrical Coop. Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting

Carthage, IL – Friday, May 29, 2020 – Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Western Illinois Electrical Coop. Board of Directors has cancelled the organization’s 2020 annual meeting. The Western Illinois Electrical Coop. meeting is typically held in late June, but had already been pushed back to Thursday, August 27 due to the pandemic.

“This is not a decision that our Board took lightly,” explained Kent Flesner, Board President. “The health and safety of our membership is of the utmost importance and we greatly appreciate our members’ understanding in our choosing to uphold one of our seven Cooperative Principles – Concern for Community.”

“We want our members to know that Western Illinois Electrical Coop’s critical business operations continue without interruption,” says Todd Grotts, Western Illinois Electrical Coop. Manager. “We’re not only looking out for the best interest of our members and the public but also taking careful and necessary steps to ensure the health and well-being of our employees so we can continue meeting the needs of our members through this period of uncertainty.”

Western Illinois Electrical Coop’s commitment to our members and our community remains strong and our employees, in all areas of our cooperative, continue to work to provide safe and reliable electricity while properly social distancing. Western Illinois Electrical Coop. member service representatives are available to assist members who are impacted by the pandemic situation. Those members are asked to reach out to Western Illinois Electrical Coop. if they need to make payment arrangements or for financial assistance information.

 

Members with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Western Illinois Electrical Coop. at 217-357-3125 or 800-576-3125.

WIEC tries to help members during COVID-19

WIEC has temporarily suspended disconnecting electric service and is waiving late payment fees to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. This is one of the steps that WIEC has taken to reduce stress and provide local families and businesses with certainty during an uncertain time.
  2. Importantly, these disconnect suspensions are NOT bill waivers. WIEC will work with members on deferred payment plans and other assistance to ease the transition once the pandemic has passed.
  3. WIEC is encouraging members to pay at least a portion of their bill as they are able. Taking this simple step will help avoid a large multi-month balance when the pandemic is over.

As co-op members spend more time at home, they may see a surge in home energy use. Some steps members can take to help control their energy bills include:

  1. Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5 percent.
  2. Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more.
  3. Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
  4. Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12 percent of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75 percent.
  5. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, televisions and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12 percent of energy use.

Members who have questions about paying their bill can contact the WIEC office at (217) 357-3125 or (800) 576-3125.