2018 Annual Meeting
Nearly 600 people – including 318 members and their friends and neighbors – came together on a spring day at the Greybull High School Gym which had been decorated with St. Patrick's Day greens and golds.
Students from the Meeteetse High School joined the children of Big Horn REA employees to serve beverages to the members and pass out information to the tables.
The business meeting began promptly at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by President Tom Delaney. The crowd was lead in the Pledge of Allegiance by all Veterans in attendance. Kayla & Kiana Horsen, Dakotta Wheeler and Sam Cooley sang the National Anthem.
The membership approved the 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes as mailed to the membership and also as provided at the meeting and posted at the meeting.
President Tom Delaney, Shawn Taylor, Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association, and General Manager Jeff Umphlett shared their reports in a printed brochure at each place setting.
Treasurer Russell reported the co-op had a good year with strong earnings. Russell shared that our kWh sales increased in 2017, in large part due to the five commercial & industrial accounts.
Russell explained that Big Horn this year refunded approximately $650,0000 in Capital Credit payments. Over the past 11 years Big Horn has refunded approximately $5.5 million in capital credits.
Russell reported that Big Horn has refunded money at the highest percentage to our members of all co-ops in Wyoming. He also shared that since Big Horn refinanced with CFC, Big Horn has in interest rate lower than the Wyoming and US averages.
Big Horn once again had a positive audit report. A motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the financial report.
Georgia Hunt of the Nominating Committee placed the name of William E. "Willie" Bridges in nomination for the three year term in District 5 – Lovell, Deaver, Frannie area. President Delaney then asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none. President Delaney asked for a motion to dispense with voting and cast a unanimous ballot for District 5. A motion and second were heard and motion carried.
Joel Bladow, Senior VP/Transmission of Tri-State Generation & Transmission, spoke about the mix of resources Tri-State now uses - including renewables, the fact that the price of renewables is falling, the increased reliability of power for Big Horn members due to upgrades at the Nahane Jensen substation and answered several questions posed by the members.
A TV donated by Tri-State G & T was drawn for. Grand Prize of a $500 bill credit was won by Leroy Little of Meeteetse.