Outage Map & Status

If you are without power, please call us at 541-484-1151.

Current Outage Information

There are no unplanned outages at this time.

Planned Power Outages

PLANNED OUTAGE (2/1): On Tuesday (2/1), crews will be switching and converting some overhead lines to underground in the Fox-Hollow area. Some members in the area will be impacted from 9am-2pm, while others from 9am-11am. Members will receive a postcard and call ahead confirming if they will be impacted and for what duration.

Holiday Farm Fire Information

Please see our Holiday Farm Fire page for updates on our progress up the McKenzie River.

Stay safe and please do not approach downed lines. Always assume that they are energized!

General Outage Information

On any given day, electric utilities experience small power outages across their service areas. For example, a tree in the line, a vehicle crash into a pole, or even a squirrel on a transformer can affect a single home or small pockets of members in a specific area. As such, when you look at our outage map, regardless of time of day, you might see outages appearing on the map and in the table to the right of the map, even if there are no “large-scale” outages. Our outage map displays real-time activities that are occurring, 24-7-365.

Lane Electric’s mission is to provide members with safe, reliable electric service – day and night. Despite our best efforts, severe weather and unusual circumstances can wreak havoc and cause a power outage that can last for hours or days. For more information, please review our Power Outage Tips.

Lane Electric also communicates outage information to the following media outlets:

Television: KMTR-16, KEZI-9, KVAL-13, FOX
Radio: KLCC (89.7), KUGN (590AM), KZEL (96.1), KKNX (84), KPNW (1120AM), KNND (1400AM), KMGE (94.5), KKNU (93), KRVM (91.9)
Newspaper: Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, Fern Ridge Review, Highway 58 Herald, McKenzie River Reflections, Oakridge Dead Mountain Echo, The Register-Guard

Planned Power Outages

Every so often planned power outages are necessary because of needed repairs or upgrades to our system. These dramatically reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and help improve reliability. We know outages are very inconvenient and we try to minimize the number of them we have each year. We appreciate your understanding and patience with us.

Members in affected areas should receive a call about upcoming outages. We also plan to send a reminder call closer to the actual outage. Please call our office if you feel you need to update your contact information.

For all members using medical equipment requiring electrical power, you will need to make provisions for these power outages.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is BPA/Bonneville Power Administration?

Bonneville Power Administration, also referred to as BPA, provides the transmission lines to Lane Electric’s distribution lines. Lane Electric purchases wholesale power from BPA; they market wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one non-federal nuclear plant and several small non-federal power plants. They operate and maintain about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in their service territory. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

2. Why is this outage necessary?

BPA operates and owns one of the nation’s largest high voltage systems. Created in 1937, major construction of their high voltage transmission system happened between 1940-1960. Fast forward a few years, this is an aging system that we depend on for reliable service. Without proper maintenance of their equipment, Lane Electric customers could experience unplanned outages with unknown durations. When BPA’s system is more reliable, ours is too!

3. Why during the night?

Lane Electric and BPA work together to try and find a time that is least disruptive. We know this is not necessarily convenient for everyone, as we are a diverse community, but we do our best to balance the impacts of a planned outage. Crews will be working during the night, hoping this is least disruptive to our members when most people are asleep.

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A God-Given Talent

Cottage Grove stained-glass artist is leaving his legacy throughout the world

By Craig Reed

Clinton Conley’s stained glass windows have been shipped to and installed in about 15 states and Africa, Mexico, Canada, Nepal and Puerto Rico. Photo by Craig Reed

Both as a teacher and a creator, Clinton Conley has turned his art talent into a lifelong passion and livelihood.

He taught art classes for 40 years at the high school level and for adult education. He also sketches with a pencil, paints watercolor and acrylic scenes with a brush, and brings bright light inside special places through stained-glass windows.

“Art is my life. I love it,” he says while standing in his studio a few steps behind his home in the Cottage Grove area. “God gives us all a special talent. Art is the one I’ve been given.”

As an art student and then an art teacher, Clinton tried many mediums. He discovered stained glass and quickly developed a love for it.

“Of the different mediums, I found the most permanent was stained glass,” he says. “Stained glass is always changing with the way the sun comes through it. You can’t get that out of oil painting or watercolor.

“Glass to me has personality. It changes with the sun, clouds, as the weather changes. To see God’s sunlight through the glass brightens up life.”

Clinton’s neat, organized studio features his work through the years. There are prints, photos, and paintings on the walls, on the worktables, and in pullout racks underneath.

In recent months, his biggest print is of Jesus Christ and is the template for the scene that will grace the top of an arched stained-glass window for a church in Brookings. That window is expected to be finished and installed in the next couple of months.

Creating stained-glass windows has become a niche activity for artists, Clinton says. He and his business partner, Monte Church, are two of a few artists in the U.S. who still create with stained glass.

Although Clinton is 84 and Monte is 80, they have no thoughts about retiring from their glass projects. The two have been working as a team the past 17 years.

Monte was intrigued by Clinton’s stained-glass work, and Clinton was impressed with Monte’s art.

“He said, ‘You need to learn to do this,’” Monte says of Clinton and stained-glass art.

Clinton had retired as a classroom teacher, but became Monte’s studio teacher. He gave Monte his glass machinery. With Monte taking the business lead, the partners established Church Glassworks Inc.

Clinton sketches options for stained-glass projects. After one is selected, Monte cuts the design into glass at his art studio in Boring.

Monte Church brings one of Clinton’s sketches to life by cutting the design into glass at his art studio in Boring. Photo by Dick Duerksen

“Clinton is a genuine artist,” Monte says. “He sees everything through artist eyes. It’s fun to travel with him because he points out the colors in trees, the color of mountains, the color of animals, the visual things that people miss.

“He’s one of the very best with stained glass in the United States. The reality of his stained-glass art is that it tells stories. There’s no trouble understanding the message the window is trying to get across.”

Clinton got his art start by doing murals with chalk while in high school and college. After graduating from high school in 1950, he earned an art degree and then a Master of Fine Arts from Pacific Union College in California’s Napa Valley.

“My mother encouraged me to do large murals in chalk for the changing seasons,” Clinton says of his early creativity. He began his teaching career at Rio Lindo Academy—a private school in Healdsburg, California.

Clinton not only created murals but spearheaded the landscaping around the academy’s campus.

He soon learned about stained-glass art. After gaining confidence in designing and creating with glass, he established Real Glass Works in partnership with the academy. He taught his students, and together they worked on contracted stained-glass projects.

After moving to Weslaco, Texas, Clinton set up the same kind of partnership with Valley Grande Academy—another private high school, where he had accepted an art teaching position. He started Creative Glass Design and taught and worked with students on stained-glass projects.

In 1995, Clinton and his wife, Lavonne, moved to southwestern Oregon to be closer to their two grown daughters.

Clinton considered retirement, but he and Monte had become good friends while working on art projects—Monte as an administrator for church building projects and Clinton as a stained-glass artist.

Clinton Conley starts each stained-glass design with a sketch. This design will grace the top of an arched stained-glass window for a church in Brookings. Photo by Craig Reed

They soon became business partners.

“Clinton did the artwork, and I would build the windows from his designs,” Monte says. “He likes that I handle the business end of things, the hands-on building of the windows. He enjoys being free to be the artist. Without his artwork, nothing would get done.”

Clinton’s stained-glass windows have been shipped to and installed in about 15 states and Africa, Mexico, Canada, Nepal and Puerto Rico. Most of the windows are in churches, but some are in hospitals and private homes.

Lavonne says her husband of 61 years is passionate about his artwork.

“He’s a spiritual person,” she says. “He likes to create glass for people to inspire them, to direct their thinking toward spiritual things. He wants to glorify God, to bring people’s thoughts toward God.”

Clinton and Monte say they are still having fun as artists despite being in their 80s, so no ending is in sight.

“What I do is fun so it’s not a burden,” Clinton says. Monte describes the stained-glass windows as a way to leave a legacy.

“These windows will last longer than the buildings,” he says. “What we do is not work for us. It’s fun.”

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10 Quick Tips to Avoid High Winter Bills

  • Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
  • Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Lower your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
  • Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you’re away.
  • Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
  • Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
  • Use power strips for multiple appliances, and turn off the main switch when you’re away from home.
  • Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
  • Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75% less energy.
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Creswell Family Lights Up the Holiday Season

By Craig Reed

Ryan Hoffstot’s Christmas light display features 40,000 to 60,000 lights, 375 to 400 blow mold decorations, 30 wire-frame displays and 20 to 25 inflatables. Photos by Craig Reed

Christmas lights and decorations have been a major part of Ryan Hoffstot’s holiday life since he was a little kid.

Ryan remembers being thrilled when his father, Rod Hoffstot, decorated their Creswell home with tons of lights and 30 to 40 plastic blow mold decorations. When Ryan got older, he was able to help with the setup.

The son continues the tradition—even expanding it—at his home in the Creswell area at 31208 Camas Swale Road.

Ryan, 40, estimates his home Christmas display this year will include 40,000 to 60,000 lights, 375 to 400 blow mold decorations, 30 wire-frame displays, and 20 to 25 inflatables.

“I love Christmas,” Ryan says. “I love seeing joy in people. I love seeing kids smile while hanging out car windows and looking at the display.”

Christina, Ryan’s wife, says she is amazed by the passion her husband puts into the Christmas display, but not really surprised.

“He’s someone who doesn’t do anything 50%,” she says. “I help a little bit, but he does most of the work.

“He doesn’t do this for the recognition. It’s great his hard work is recognized, but we just love to see the smiles on children’s faces as the families come through.”

While Ryan begins bringing lights and decorations out of storage mid-October, Christina isn’t far behind in her planning to decorate inside their home. She puts up six Christmas trees and numerous other decorations.

“Decorating has definitely become more of a family affair,” Christina says. The couple’s daughters—11-year-old Sydney and 8-year-old Jillian—are now old enough to help.

His family searches for decorations year-round. Some of the light up blow molds are more than 50 years old.

Ryan starts putting up displays in late October, works at it through November, and opens his driveway to the public for viewing the decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. He turns the lights on at 5:30 p.m. and flips the switches off at 9 p.m. daily.

He estimates 2,000 vehicles drove up the driveway and viewed the Christmas display last year. During several evenings, the family and their friends had to direct traffic.

Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf have made appearances at the display in past years. Ryan says there is a rumor the Grinch might make an appearance this year.

To further add to the holiday atmosphere, Sydney and Jillian enjoy serving hot chocolate drinks and candy canes to visitors. Donations are used to buy gifts for troubled youth at the Jasper Mountain Center and Toys for Tots.

Ryan has been a Creswell resident since his family moved to the area when he was 5 years old. He graduated from Creswell High School in 1999. He attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, and then Lane Community College in Eugene before entering the workforce.

After a few years working in the tire and electrical industries, a friend talked Ryan into giving the insurance field a try. Ryan’s father had opened a Farmers Insurance office in Creswell in 1975, but it took his friend’s encouragement for Ryan to give it a try. When his father died in 2008, Ryan took over the office and has owned it since.

“God has blessed me with a good career and a great community,” Ryan says. “Now I’m able to help other causes and it’s nice to give back.”

Ryan Hoffstot carries on his father’s love of Christmas with a holiday light display every year.

Ryan calls putting up the Christmas display a labor of love. While setting up the decorations, enjoying them, taking them down, and packing them away is about a three-month process, Ryan and Christina are on the lookout for vintage and new decorations—especially those made from blow molds—year-round. They check out garage sales and keep watch for online postings of decorations.

Some of their oldest decorations include one mold-created decoration dating back to 1966, and a group of brightly colored angels and carolers from 1964.

“My obsession for blow molds has grown,” Ryan says, adding that groups on Facebook are dedicated to blow molds.

Because the display has become such a large endeavor, Ryan and Christina are getting more help. Christina’s father, Bob Pickett, has become the repairman for any of the decorations that need fixing, and the Hammonds family—friends of the Hoffstots—and some church friends have volunteered to help.

“It’s definitely an undertaking,” Ryan says of the process. “But it puts joy in my heart to see how much people enjoy it.”

“We’re here to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and to celebrate our family and the wonderful things we’re blessed with,” adds Christina. “There’s joy in giving back.”

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Manager’s Message — December 2021

Do You Know a High School Junior?

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonLane Electric is proud to provide another opportunity for one lucky high school junior to attend the 2022 Northwest Youth Tour. I can’t think of a better way for a student to learn about U.S. history and government than to visit our nation’s capital.

As many as 1,800 students across the United States will get this incredible opportunity to learn more about our nation, develop leadership skills, gain knowledge of electric co-ops and make new friends.

Students will spend one week touring Washington, D.C., meeting congressional leaders and visiting Capitol Hill. There is a packed schedule with built-in educational opportunities and fun social events.

The students will fly out of Portland and spend five full days visiting memorials and museums, attending a baseball game, and enjoying many meals together.

While enjoying the rich history, students learn about cooperatives and their people-focused business model. Cooperatives are a prestigious group of organizations that truly care about their local community. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization owned by our members and governed by an elected board of directors. Cooperatives across the nation help keep money local and in the communities they serve. We love sharing our model with others.

We are proud to be part of the history to electrify the United States. Providing electricity to rural communities was, and still is, not profitable. Rural areas are difficult and expensive to reach.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made it possible to get electricity to our low-density areas when he passed the Rural Electrification Act. This act provided loans to reach rural America. Today, 99% of our rural consumers receive electricity. The history of providing electricity to consumers is a fascinating lesson in itself.

Parents and guardians, this is an all-expenses-paid trip. The only cash the student will need is for souvenirs they might like to bring home. Students who apply must be high school juniors and their parent or guardian must be a Lane Electric member. Applications for this opportunity are due by Monday, January 10. There is still plenty of time, but don’t delay — especially with the busy upcoming holiday season. I am thankful we get to provide this opportunity again.

As 2021 draws to a close, I am thankful to serve the Lane Electric community. I wish you all happy holidays with family and friends. We look forward to serving you in 2022!

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Getting in the Driver’s Seat of the Electric Vehicle Revolution

By Brian Booher and Maddie Sligh, D+R International

To promote electric vehicles in its service area and benefit co-op members, Lane Electric Cooperative is giving members a firsthand EV experience with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Photo by Maggie Murray Creative

Driving around Oregon, you probably have noticed more electric vehicles on the road, even in rural areas. The number of electric vehicles (EVs) registered statewide has increased significantly—from 13,261 in 2016 to 35,798 in March 2021.

EVs make up about 1% of registered passenger vehicles in Oregon, but that percentage is expected to increase dramatically, thanks to Senate Bill 1044, passed in 2019. Its EV adoption target is to have 250,000 zero-emission vehicles on Oregon roads by 2025.

Globally, EV sales are expected to increase from 2.1 million in 2019 to 14 million in 2025, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s latest forecast.

Electric utilities are paying close attention to this trend. Many electric cooperatives—which often are overlooked in conversations about how the U.S. generates and consumes energy—are leading the way in implementing programs that make it easier for members to switch to EVs.

Lane Electric Cooperative is embracing the EV revolution with a tailored and well-researched EV program.

“Choosing an electric vehicle over a gas-powered car will help members reduce pollution, conserve energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” says John Murray, Lane Electric’s energy services representative. “Depending on current gasoline and electric rates, EV operation can be three to five times cheaper than gasoline and diesel-powered cars. By replacing their fossil fuel-burning cars with a clean, efficient electric vehicle, our membership and our community will benefit together.”

Lane Electric acquired a Ford Mustang Mach-E to allow members firsthand experience with EVs.

Lane Electric’s membership is mainly residential, so load growth is small. EVs serve as an opportunity to increase demand during non-peak hours and keep rates down for all cooperative members. In Lane Electric’s service territory, 82% of the energy mix is composed of emissions-free hydropower. Charging on a hydropower-dominant grid makes EVs even more beneficial compared to internal combustion engine vehicles.

Governor Kate Brown’s zero-emission vehicle goal is an important tool in carbon reduction.

“By bringing the benefits of cleaner, cheaper transportation to more households and businesses, Lane Electric can help its members save money,” John says.

During the next 12 months, Lane Electric will educate members about the benefits of EVs, give information on selecting and buying EVs, and provide members with rebates and advice on Level 2 charging.

“With automakers ramping up production on EV technology, it is undeniable that a much larger percentage of cars and trucks purchased in the next five years will be electric,” John says. “Lane Electric plans on staying ahead of this curve so we will be able to provide member education and reliable electricity to power these vehicles.”

Lane Electric’s EV Program

To promote electric vehicles in its service area and benefit co-op members, Lane Electric Cooperative is adopting a three-pronged approach.

Tools & Information about EVs

Lane Electric added impartial EV resources to its website. Powered by the ChooseEV platform, it makes it easy for members to understand fuel cost savings and emissions reductions switching from a gas-powered vehicle to an EV. Members can review general performance information about EVs, sorting, and filtering based on vehicle preferences. The tool helps members determine the estimated cost of a new EV, including available tax credits and other incentives. Visit the Lane Electric Choose EV site.

Rebates for Home EV Chargers

Lane Electric offers a Level 2 residential charger rebate for members to incentivize at-home charging. Level 2 EV chargers decrease charging time and make EV ownership more convenient but have a high upfront cost. Lane Electric is helping to decrease the financial burden by offering rebates for Level 2 residential chargers.

“With over 70% of all EV charging done at home, you can charge your EV overnight and be ready to go in the morning,” John says. “A full charge can be reached in three to eight hours, which is three to seven times faster than a Level 1 system. With some EVs having a range of over 300 miles on a single charge, Level 2 charging will become increasingly important.”

On laneelectric.chooseev.com, there is a list of Level 2 chargers eligible for the rebate, with the option to filter for Energy Star-certified chargers. Although the rebate is not limited to Energy Star models, those ensure the highest energy efficiency and safety.

Lane Electric has awarded more than 25 rebates in 2021.

An EV Experience for Members

Lane Electric procured a Ford Mustang Mach-E, named Car and Driver’s 2021 EV of the Year, to allow members to see and experience what EVs have to offer. The car is wrapped with Lane Electric branding.

The cooperative also is exploring options to allow members to interact with the car.

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Meet Lane Electric’s Veteran Employees

Lane Electric salutes U.S. Army veterans Dennis Morgan and Ryan Doak for their service

By Craig Reed

Ryan Doak, left, is Lane Electric’s warehouse storekeeper. Dennis Morgan is the co-op’s utility cost accountant. Photo by Brenda Everts

When Veterans Day comes around every November 11, Dennis Morgan remembers the soldiers he served with in the Army. He reaches out to them with a phone call or text to catch up on how their lives are going.

On that day of honor for those who have or are currently serving in the U.S. military, Ryan Doak says he is reminded of the those who have sacrificed to maintain freedom and the American way of life.

Dennis and Ryan are both U.S. Army veterans and employees of Lane Electric Cooperative.

Dennis, 40, has been with the co-op almost two years, working as a utility cost accountant. Ryan, 36, began his job as warehouse storekeeper 15 months ago.

Both men say they enjoyed their time in the Army.

“It was an opportunity to serve my country,” Ryan says of his enlistment in 2008. “Everything I’ve done in the military I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.”

He joined the Army because it allowed him to pick what he wanted to do.

“I wanted training toward engineering, training that would benefit me later in the civilian sector,” Ryan says.

After 15 weeks of basic training, advanced individual training, and battle-focused training, Ryan was assigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion. His unit was deployed to Iraq for eight months between late 2008 and early 2009. The unit transported equipment and supplies.

Dennis also enlisted in 2008. He says he was tired of doing physical work. He had worked for his father’s janitorial business, as a regional distribution manager for a bakery company, and as owner of a delivery company.

When the economy crashed in 2008, Dennis decided he wanted a college education. He says the best way to finance that was through military service.

He considered the Marines, but ended up joining the Army, again because that branch allowed him to pick his own job. Dennis was interested in being either a medic or a military policeman. Because color blindness prevented him from being an MP, he opted for medical training.

“I really enjoyed that,” he says. “It was easy to remember because I found it very interesting.”

Dennis was assigned to an arms battalion and was in the process of pre-deployment training when he suffered a ruptured disk. He was disappointed the injury kept him from deploying and supporting soldiers he had gotten to know.

“That’s not what I wanted,” Dennis says. “It was a feeling of letting those guys down after training with them for two months.”

He was assigned to a desk job and medically discharged in 2012, cutting short his plan of 20 years of military service.

Ryan returned safely from his deployment. After being discharged, he signed up for the National Guard and worked for Lane Electric Cooperative in a veterans experience work program. He worked with crews as a groundman for three months and in the warehouse for five months.

From there, he worked for an electrical contractor and the Eugene Water & Electric Board.

As a Guard member, he was deployed to the Middle East for nine months between 2019 and 2020. With two months of his deployment left, he had a long-distance interview with Lane Electric and was hired to the warehouse position.

“That was pretty cool of Lane Electric,” he says.

Ryan is now a staff sergeant in the Guard. He attends training one weekend a month and during a two-week session each year. He plans to stay in the Guard another 6 1/2 years to complete 20 years of service and earn full medical benefits.

Dennis attended Grand Canyon University in Arizona after his service. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. After moving back to Oregon in 2017, Dennis finished his master’s degree in accounting in 2018.

He worked as a budget analyst for two years, but “I wasn’t an actual accountant,” he says.

Following the advice of his father, he interviewed for an accounting position with Lane Electric and was hired at the end of 2019.

“My dad told me for years and years to get on with a utility company because they’re great to work with and they offer great benefits,” Dennis says.

Dennis grew up in Eugene and now lives in Springfield with his wife, Teresa, and son, Jonah. The couple awaits the November birth of a daughter, Leah.

Ryan grew up in the Jasper area east of Springfield. He and his wife, Megan Doak, live in Marcola with their daughters, Camryn and Claire, and their sons, Aidan and Kahne.

When Veterans Day rolls around, Dennis says it is a happy day and a sad day—happy because veterans are honored and celebrated, but sad because of those who lost their lives or were injured during their service.

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Manager’s Message — November 2021

Public Power—You Have a Voice

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonPublic power is near and dear to my heart. Being a member of Lane Electric Cooperative is more than a light switch and electric wires running to your home; we are a locally controlled not-for-profit electric utility. Beyond those electric wires serving your home, we are a part of the local community, serving as members on the local Chamber of Commerce, giving back to youth programs, and donating to local food pantries. Our service takes dedication and involvement from you, our members.

Maybe a position on the board of directors is not for you, but you have considered giving back to your community. Lane Electric has three committees that review and provide insight to the board of directors. If you have thought about giving back to your community and local utility, one of these committees may be for you!

Elections & Credentials Committee

The Elections and Credentials Committee establishes and approves the way member registration and voting is conducted. The committee counts ballots, announces winners, and passes on member eligibility questions to vote or run for the board. They also oversee any ballots irregularly or indecisively marked, and election conduct by candidates and advocates.

This is a three-to-seven-member committee.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee must nominate one or more qualified members for election as director for each vacancy to be filled at the annual meeting. The committee provides candidates with information on general director duties, continuing qualification and education requirements, and time commitment. There is no predetermined process for the committee to follow when deciding on a slate of candidates, which may or may not include any incumbent. This committee helps identify people who can help and lead the cooperative.

This is a five-to-eleven-member committee.

Scholarship Committee

Each year, Lane Electric offers $20,000 in scholarships to help its members begin their college journeys or return to school to seek new careers. This committee extends invitations to schools and students to submit applications for any of the five Lane Electric scholarships, reviews the applications, and selects recipients.

Members of each of these committees are appointed by the board of directors and serve three-year terms.

If one of these committees sounds like a great fit for you, please reach out with questions or apply for a position by emailing Lane Electric. I can’t wait to meet you and listen to your ideas and insight. Thank you for your consideration in being an integral piece of your utility!

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Manager’s Message — October 2021

Governor Brown, Please Stop Damaging Litigation

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi Wilson Last November, Northwest utilities received news Oregon Gov. Kate Brown intended to sue the federal government over management of the Federal Columbia River System. At that time, I, along with other stakeholders, pleaded with the governor to come to the table and collaborate, as she previously agreed to do. On July 16, utilities were extremely disappointed to learn Gov. Brown’s administration filed a preliminary injunction with the U.S. District Court.

If approved by the court, the preliminary injunction would require spill across the lower Snake River dams and the main stem Columbia dams, which will significantly impact public power’s hydroelectric system. This would most likely supersede the flex spill arrangement previously negotiated with Oregon requiring spill 24/7 year-round.

Oregon’s motion for a preliminary injunction is misdirected in terms of recovering salmon. If the court orders anything remotely close to what Oregon demands, it will have extremely negative and dire consequences for everyone. First, spill will potentially cost more than $100 million a year. That equates to about a 5% increase in rates charged to us by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Second, spill will result in substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Lane Electric receives clean, renewable energy from BPA. Ironically, the loss of available power would need to be offset by energy sources with higher carbon content. This undermines the governor’s long-term carbon reduction goals, which goes against the policy direction of Oregon and electric utilities.

Finally, and extremely concerning, spill of this magnitude increases the risk of blackouts.

All these impacts are well documented in the federal government’s environmental impact statement, along with mounting empirical and physical evidence. Furthermore, these impacts hit lower-income and underserved communities the hardest.

Along with several other utility stakeholders, I signed a letter to Governor Brown asking her to withdraw or end these proceedings. We do not agree you can simultaneously litigate and negotiate. Governor Brown needs to remain committed to the Columbia Basin Collaborative she agreed to and help end the never-ending litigation surrounding salmon issues. Oregonians, our neighboring states, and other stakeholders deserve a collaborative effort.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Light Up Your Cooperative’s Committees

Lane Electric invites new members to its three member-led committees

By Craig Reed

lots of hands coloring a lightbulb on paperThere is more to Lane Electric Cooperative than just being a member, flipping on the light switch, and paying the power bill.

Interested members can be active participants on one of three co-op committees: Election and Credentials Committee, Nominating Committee, or the Scholarship Committee.

Being a committee member offers additional insight to cooperative concepts—whether it is checking elections and voting procedures, considering nominees for board positions, or evaluating student scholarship applications.

Lane Electric Cooperative encourages members to check the details of each of these committees and, if interested, apply for a position by contacting the co-op at by emailing Lane Electric.

Following are summaries of each committee and comments from committee members.

Elections & Credentials Committee

This committee must have a minimum of three members, but no more than seven. Current members are Jon Lundquist of the Row River District, John Dubin of the Central District, Deanna Hadley of the Oakridge District, and Ron and Judy England of the McKenzie District.

Members are appointed by the co-op’s board of directors and serve three-year terms.

According to the co-op’s bylaws, “The Committee shall establish or approve the manner of conducting member registration and voting, count ballots, announce winners and pass on all questions which may arise with respect to member eligibility to vote or run for the board, the effect of any ballots irregularly or indecisively marked, and election conduct by candidates and advocates.”

John, a six-year member of the committee, says the basic mission is to oversee the voting process during board of director elections, typically in May.

“It’s grassroots democracy at its very, very best,” John says. “To have input to the co-op’s democratic process, to see how the process works, to make sure it’s correct is worth it.”

The committee oversees collection of ballots and hand counts them twice. Elections are usually just for board positions, but sometimes there is an issue on the ballot.

The election averages 700 to 800 ballots annually from a possible 10,500.

Nominating Committee

This committee must have a minimum of five members, but no more than 11. Currently, there are six members: Mike Galvin of the Row River District; Amanda Deedon, Leslie Poole, Sarah MacArthur, and Gary Foster of the Central District; and Bev McCulley of the Oakridge District.

Members are appointed by the co-op’s board of directors and serve three-year terms.

According to the co-op’s bylaws, “The Committee must nominate one or more qualified members for election as a director for each vacancy that is to be filled by election at the annual meeting. The Committee shall provide candidates with information on general director duties, continuing qualification and education requirements, and time commitment. There is no pre-determined process for the Committee to follow when deciding on a slate of candidates, which may or may not include any incumbent.”

Sarah, a four-year committee member, says she enjoys finding and identifying people who can help the cooperative.

“You’re involved in making sure good people are participating in making policy decisions at the board level,” she says. “You have a say in getting good people in those decision-making positions.”

The committee makes sure correct procedures are followed for recruiting potential board members, including sending out notices about upcoming elections and reviewing applications from candidates. If there are concerns about a candidate and the application, the committee can call the person in for an interview.

“I think it is important for all of us who are part of a society to honestly assess how we can contribute based on our knowledge and what we enjoy,” Sarah says. “How we fit into the world around us and become an active member in creating or improving the system around us is important.”

Sarah says becoming a member of the Nominating Committee has been an educational experience. She has learned how a co-op works, issues involved in running an electric co-op, the history of electric co-ops, and the sources of electricity.

“From the education to being able to watch how this co-op functions, I’m delighted to be a part of the committee and the co-op,” she says.

Scholarship Committee

This committee currently has eight members: Kathy Keable and Margaret Beilharz of the McKenzie District; Ingrid Kessler, Meredith Clark and Linda DeSpain of the Central District; Faye Stewart and Jennifer Violet of the Row River District; and Judy Hampton of the Oakridge District. Kathy and Ingrid are also members of the Lane Electric Board of Directors.

Members are appointed by the board of directors and serve three-year terms. This committee extends invitations to schools and students to submit applications for any of five Lane Electric scholarships, reviews the applications, and selects recipients.

Each year, the co-op offers $20,000 in scholarships to help its members begin their college journey or return to school to seek a new career.

The five scholarships are $4,500 to a high school graduate to attend Lane Community College; the $4,500 Dave D’Avanzo Memorial Community Scholarship to attend LCC with the goal of starting a new career; $5,500 to attend a trade school for those interested in line construction and the electric utility industry; and two $3,000 college-of-your-choice scholarships to two- or four-year accredited colleges.

Applicants must be LEC members or dependents of qualifying members.

“I really want to see the kids in any area succeed,” says Judy, a 15-year member of the committee. “I want those rural kids to have the same opportunity any other kids have. Any money I can give them or get for them is well worth any time it might take me being on the committee. There are great kids everywhere trying to go forward, and it’s a pleasure to help them.”

Kathy says the co-op wants to encourage students to further their educations.

“This is a great way to support our members or their students,” Kathy says. “The co-op gives back to the community. This is just one way it does it.”

Ingrid says the scholarships are a good way to recognize the talents and achievements of applicants. Applications must include a letter of introduction describing one’s self and personal goals, a student’s school transcript, a work history, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay explaining, “What is an electric co-op?”

“Serving on this committee is a great way to provide for the future—not just for these individuals, but also to help shape the future of our community at large,” Ingrid says. “These same people will be tomorrow’s leaders. We can help them along their ways.”

She says being on the committee and reviewing the scholarship applications is “a very important investment for our future.”

“It’s part of our commitment to our community,” she adds. “We would love to welcome new members to this great committee.