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Season’s Greetings from Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative

  • Posted: 11.18.2021

“The holidays.” I love everything about this time of year. Just the thought of the holiday season brings a smile to my face and evokes a sense of comfort and nostalgia. Recalling family gatherings and traditions warms my heart and fills my senses.

It’s a time of reflection. I’m grateful for my own family as well as my co-op family. At Harrison County REC, we’re driven by a sense of mission and purpose. Our team feels a strong connection to our community and our members, because we live here too.

While many of our community-focused programs and activities ramp up this time of year, we have several programs and services in place to help our members year-round. I’d like to remind you about some of these offerings in hopes you’ll find them beneficial.

We hope you’ll take advantage of SmartHub, an app that empowers you to monitor, manage and pay your energy bill conveniently through your phone. Another service we offer is budget billing for members who have been part of our cooperative for a year or longer, which is intended to help budget your monthly energy costs. We also offer energy efficiency programs to save you money and energy including annual rebates, Switch Makes Cents load management, or our Kill-A-Watt meters.

In addition to helping members save today, we’re focusing on the future. In our area, we’re seeing increased interest in renewable energy sources. Recent innovations and advances have led to significant cost decreases in renewable energy, making it more feasible and accessible. In recent years, our generation providers have been able to adjust our fuel mix by incorporating more renewables. Today, 32% of our fuel mix is comprised of renewable energy sources, which includes wind energy and hydro power.

But the most important investment we make is in our local youth. Many Harrison County REC employees have logged volunteer hours supporting schools, youth clubs and programs. Harrison County REC has also started its own scholarship program for high school seniors in 2022 to award seven students a $1000 scholarship to the trade school, associates program, or bachelors program of their choice. Each year, through our Youth Tour program, we send high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. We also began a new virtual leadership program called, Iowa Youth Leadership Academy to teach students of the importance of cooperatives in the communities they serve.

At the heart of all of these programs is you––the members we proudly serve. Looking back, I’m grateful for so many wonderful community partners and for the positive impact we can continue to make.

This holiday season, I wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and prosperity. Speaking on behalf of our team at Harrison County REC, I know the future will be be bright, because of you.