WRECA – We Are More Powerful Together
We talk a lot about our seven cooperative principles around here, and we think, work, plan and strategize with guidance from those principles as well. Every day.
Last month we had the opportunity to exercise Principle Number 6: Cooperation Among Cooperatives, to its fullest extent by hosting the 2022 Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association (WRECA) Annual Meeting. The WRECA is the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The Annual Meeting brings together representatives from electric utility cooperatives in the state of Washington, as well as other regional and national organizations, for two days of meetings. Sessions cover a wide range of topics centered on the hot-button issues of the day, all with the goal of furthering and protecting our members’ interests; namely, low-cost, safe, secure, dependable electricity.
This year’s speakers led some great conversations on resource adequacy (as oil and gas are phased out, how will we replace it?), wildfire preparedness, and of course, the Lower Snake River dams.
Also, a special thank you goes out to Columbia Rural Electric Association (REA) Lineman Tad Iseminger for stepping in at the last minute and sharing some stories of his personal experiences in the line trade.
Another function of these meetings is to raise money to help further the cause of supporting and promoting our members’ interests. We held a golf tournament that raised nearly $5,000 (thank you to the good folks at Wine Valley Golf Club) and an auction that netted just over $11,000. The money will fund efforts such as promoting the continued use of hydropower to local, regional, and national government entities, and other clean energy transition and infrastructure efforts in the Northwest.
We also had the opportunity this year to give Kent Lopez, WRECA General Manager, a proper send-off! Kent will be retiring after 17 years at the helm of the WRECA, and nearly 40 years in public power. Thank you, Kent. Your retirement is well-deserved, but you will be missed!