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Cooperative celebrates Lineman Appreciation Day

Every day, linemen enter extreme danger to protect lives and bring us all the conveniences of modern living. They rise 40 feet above the ground with harnesses and safety gear, dancing between snakelike wires that, if improperly handled, can easily erase their lives in a massive jolt of electricity. 
Lineman Appreciation Day celebrates those dedicated people who work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. America’s electric cooperatives designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. 

People Fund grant helps save lives


The Lorain-Medina People Fund, along with other organizations in the Wellington area, provided funding to the South Lorain County  Ambulance District (SLCAD) to purchase a Lucas® 3 Chest Compression System. 
This high-tech, life-saving gear is designed to help improve the chance of survival for sudden cardiac arrest victims and improve operations for first responders. Performing 102 compressions per minute, the Lucas 3 can be deployed quickly with minimal interruption to patient care. 

Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Support Trump Clean Power Plan Executive Order

Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Support Trump Clean Power Plan Executive Order

Columbus, OH—Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives President and CEO Pat O’Loughlin today voiced his support of President Trump’s signing of an executive order on the Clean Power Plan.

Community Solar project

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative plans to begin construction on a community solar project in late March that will allow its members to purchase the output of the panels.

Telemarketers calling co-op member offering discounted rates break the rules

January 2017

There has been an uptick of phone calls from cooperative members reporting they have received phone calls from telemarketers asking about their electric bills. This is a violation of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rules regulating competitive retail electric service providers.

Some cooperative members report repeated calls. Others have been told they can choose their wholesale supplier.

These callers are offering short-term discounted rates and guaranteed savings if they switch wholesale electric providers.

Lifelike ‘reborns’ deliver joy to many

Rachel Smith’s little girl wanted a baby for Christmas. She found one of those lifelike dolls on-line. It looked very real in the picture, but when the much-anticipated bundle arrived, it did not look like the picture. So in February this year, Smith bought a kit and tried making one on her own.
“But that’s how I got into it,” Smith said. “I wanted to try, and my husband was very supportive. He told me to get one of the kits and try it. I think I’ve made 30 since that first one.” 

Member satisfaction scores continue to improve

Members of Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative who were surveyed in the spring collectively gave the cooperative its highest consumer satisfaction rating to date. 
The cooperative conducts consumer satisfaction surveys annually, using the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Market Research Services. A total of 432 members were surveyed in May by phone and online. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent. 

LMRE board re-elects officers

John Eaton of Huntington Township was re-elected president of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees at its meeting in August. This is Eaton’s fourth year serving as board president.
The board elects officers at its first meeting following the annual meeting. 
Eaton, who represents Huntington, Penfield, and Wellington townships in Lorain County as the cooperative’s District 4 trustee, has been a board member for 29 years. He was secretary for 14 years before becoming president in 2013. 

LMRE approves $18.4 million workplan

Includes new substation in Carlisle Twp., fiber-optic ring

Bright new faces help members save energy

Developing relationships with local businesses and members is a core part of Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative’s services. Its vision statement says the cooperative strives to provide members with “highly reliable electric service, superior customer service, and innovative energy solutions.” Finding the best talent to help a cooperative prosper and grow is a difficult yet vital challenge. 


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