Lane Electric Cooperative Manager Debi Wilson, left, and Douglas Electric Cooperative Manager Keith Brooks
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The RURAL Act to the Rescue

Legislation to protect electric co-op’s tax-exempt status is pending in the U.S. Congress, but it needs a push.  https://oreca-action.org/ Oregon’s electric cooperatives may soon face their own version of a Hobson’s choice. Do they accept Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance after their system has been leveled by a storm? Do they accept broadband grants to […]

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Manager’s Message — October 2019

Celebrate Public Power and Cooperatives! Dear Co-op Community Members: October is a month to be celebrated! October is National Co-op Month. Cooperatives are unique local organizations. This year’s theme, “By the Community, For the Community,” is a great motto that we strive for as your cooperative. Lane Electric was founded by a group of McKenzie […]

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Are You Ready for Winter?

Get a no-interest loan for a back-up generator Lane Electric is committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to its members. However, power outages can occur, and a major event such as a severe winter storm, earthquake or wildfire could disrupt utility services for an extended period. Lane Electric members can now take advantage of […]

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Manager’s Message — August 2019

Protect Your Cooperative’s Tax Status—We Need Your Help Dear Co-op Community Members: Recent tax changes by the Internal Revenue Service are having unintended consequences to Oregon electric cooperatives, including Lane Electric. The changes could threaten our tax-exempt status and Lane Electric’s use of government aid in the future, such as disaster assistance from the Federal […]

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A Mountain-Biking

Oakridge’s natural beauty and well-maintained trails draw outdoor enthusiasts Five hundred miles of ups and downs, twists and turns, and exhilarating fun await mountain bikers in the Oakridge area. Those miles of trail in the Cascade Mountains have made the Oakridge/ Westfir area a mecca for mountain bikers. Travel Oregon has given the rural community […]

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Manager’s Message — July 2019

Legislative Visits and Fire Prevention Dear Co-op Community Members: In late April, Lane Electric Co-op directors and I joined other electric cooperative representatives from around the state and throughout the nation in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues important to us with our federal legislators. These annual face-to-face visits are an important part of our efforts […]