Director’s Corner

Written by Donald Hawk, District 1 Director, CCD, BL

Cooperatives are as local and community centered as they come. As one of the Directors of our cooperative, I am proud to be part of an organization that serves the communities in which we all live.

Being a member of The Energy Cooperative is more than knowing there are people working to bring you safe, reliable, and affordable energy. Being part of a cooperative is an investment in your community. The Energy Cooperative is owned by its members. We have a vested interest in making sure our communities are prosperous. We support your community by investing in economic development, supporting community organizations, and partnering with our members to fund Operation Round Up.

The Operation Round Up Foundation is funded each time our members round their utility bills up to the next full dollar amount. As a participant in Operation Round Up, I look at the dollars invested in my community of Knox County. The Operation Round Up Foundation supported capital efforts at The Sanctuary of Danville, Knox Co. Agricultural Museum, and Knox County schools. The list of Round Up grant recipients goes far beyond organizations in my hometown. Operation Round Up supports all our member communities. The full list of agencies and organizations who have received Operation Round Up grants is on our website. Take a look to see how your money makes a difference and encourage your neighbors to apply! Being one of your cooperative directors is both an honor and responsibility. I have lived on our cooperative lines all my life and have seen firsthand the tremendous improvement in reliability over the years. My father used to say, “when two clouds get together the lights go out”. Thankfully through the great work of our Right of Way (ROW) crews, and the entire electric team, outages today are few and far between. Watching my local electric cooperative grow into The Energy Cooperative has been impressive. For the past twenty years we have provided electric, natural gas and propane to our 63,000+ members.

As a cooperative director, there is always a need to plan for the future of this organization. Be assured that we are working with the future in mind. It is my hope that you view The Energy Cooperative as more than one of your utility providers. We are a local business who supports and engages in your community.

Call Us at (800) 255-6815 if you are interested in learning more about how we keep the lights on; the heat flowing; and our trucks heading your way. We are proud to be a part of this community, and hope you feel the same way.