Manager’s Message – September 2018

Down the Line

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Have you ever asked yourself how Lane Electric knows how much power it needs to buy? I know it may not be the most burning question on your mind, but it can be a fun and informative question to ask. For instance, would Lane Electric have enough power if every- one reading this turned on all their lights, dishwashers, home heating and clothes dryers at the same time? The answer is yes!

We plan and build for peak moments like what I just described so we are always able to meet our members’ power needs. We plan for power needs by looking at past use trends by time of day and season. We also ask you—our members—about how you use electricity, so we can see subtle trends in our memberships’ changing energy use. This month, some of you will be randomly selected to answer a survey that helps us understand our future power needs. The survey looks like this:

2018 Lane Electric Cooperative Satisfaction Survey. To Our Residential Electric Members: We are conducting a survey of our residential members to gain valuable information for our strategic planning and communication efforts. Thank you for helping us by participating in this survey. It should take you about five minutes to complete this questionnaire. Space is provided at the end of the survey to provide any additional comments or feedback that you may have. All of your responses to this questionnaire will be held confidential and will not identify you in any way. Please return this survey in the enclosed envelope by October 15. If you misplace the return envelope, we request that your return the form to the following address: Electric Cooperative Survey Processing, 1050 Regent St., Suite L3, Madison, WI 53715-1263

In the article “A Survey in Your Future“, you can learn more about this survey and how it plays an important role in our power resource planning.

If you receive a survey, please take the time to thoughtfully complete it and return it in the postage-paid envelope.

Thank you in advance for being a part of your co-op’s planning.

Matt Michel, General Manager