2019 Annual Meeting
As a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by the people we serve, everything we do is for the benefit of our members. After all, we live here. We are your friends and neighbors. The Board of Directors who represent you are all co-op members, as are many of our employees. We take pride in providing the best service we can to the communities we call home.
When we see you at our annual meeting June 1, we hope to bring home the fact that serving you, our members, is our number one priority.
In our 2018 Annual Report, included in the center of this issue, you can see some of the ways we’ve worked to provide reliable and affordable power, utilized the latest innovations and endeavored for the betterment of our community in the past year.
For instance, we’ve invested in methods of communication that put the power in your hands. Members can visit the Outage Center on our web site to sign up for outage alerts via text message. Also at LaurensElectric.com, members can sign up to receive customized notifications about electric usage, receive due date reminders and be notified in case of severe weather and emergencies by signing in to their account and selecting their preferences in the Member Portal.
In 2018 we also continued to work with businesses, industrial leaders and economic development teams to bring growth and jobs to our area with a new industrial park. The Connexial Center, currently under development, is located along Interstate 385 in Laurens County.
And speaking of growth, more of you than ever have expressed an interest in solar energy. That’s why we created a Solar Advisory and Installation program. Designed for members who are considering adding solar panels to their homes, with this program we can walk you through the process and help you understand the economics. We can even install the solar panels if you choose.
Electric cooperatives were created more than seven decades ago when neighbors came together to provide a service no one else was willing to provide. I hope you’ll read on to page 20, where we expand on ways we’ve done that this past year, and I hope to see you at our Annual Meeting, June 1. We’ll be there, welcoming our friends and neighbors.
J. David Wasson Jr.
President and CEO
Laurens Electric Cooperative