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Electricity Brings Everyday Value

Message from General Manager/CEO Jeff Lane

Even though I work in the energy industry, I’m like most people—I don’t think much about the electricity I use. I expect the lights to turn on when

I flip the switch and the coffee maker to work each morning.

Because electricity is so abundant, we don’t think much about it. No matter how much power we use, we still expect an endless supply of it with uninterrupted service 24/7. The only time we really think about electricity is when the lights go out or perhaps when the monthly bill arrives.

Given how electricity powers our lives every day, it’s a great value—especially when compared to other common services and expenses. For example, think back to the cost of a gallon of gas 20 years ago. Think about the cost of groceries or a cup of your favorite specialty coffee from a few years back.

In comparison, the cost of electricity has remained largely flat, unlike most other consumer goods.

Like many of you, I have a cellphone to stay connected, and I subscribe to streaming channels so I have more viewing options. Many of us consider these necessities for modern day life. We can see what we’re getting for our money, and we pay the price for those services. In contrast, when we use electricity, we don’t necessarily “see” all that we’re getting for our money.

But with everything that electricity does for us, it’s a tremendous value for our quality of life as well as our budgets. For comparison, consider that in recent years, the costs of rent, medical care, groceries and education have all increased 5%–10%. But our base electricity rate has remained unchanged since 2008, and has only fluctuated in direct relation to the co-op’s cost of wholesale energy. The bottom line: Electricity brings everyday value.

In fact, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative continually improves our distribution network to minimize the frequency and length of outages. And knowing that electricity is a vital resource that we all use around the clock, I’m very proud of our track record. We’re also continually working to improve our operations to ensure a smarter grid and exploring more renewable energy options where possible.

TVEC provides the reliable service you expect and deserve as valued members of the co-op. And as your trusted energy adviser, we want to help you save energy and money.

We recognize that the cold winter months can create bill challenges for many of our members, and we’re here to help. If you have questions about your account or are looking for ways to save energy at home, please give us a call. TVEC is your electric co-op, and our sole purpose is to serve you and the needs of our community.

That’s an everyday value.