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Associated Electric names new plant management

Saturday, December 8, 2007

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Roger Neumeyer
NEW MADRID -- Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI) has named Roger Neumeyer as plant manager and Scott Harvey as assistant plant manager at the New Madrid Power Plant, operated by AECI.

Neumeyer has been acting plant manager at New Madrid since September 2007 and worked as assistant plant manager from June to September 2007. Previously, he was New Madrid's plant performance manager and focused on improving plant performance in safety, employee training, plant availability, energy production, heat rate and profitability.

Neumeyer has 18 years of experience with AECI, having joined New Madrid Power Plant in 1989 as a chemical lab technician fourth period. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a master's degree in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton.

"Our No. 1 goal is to safely and reliably produce megawatts for our members," he said. "We want our people [the plant employs 215] to leave here the way they came to work."

In addition to a safety focus, Neumeyer said, "We are constantly exploring ways to make these 30-year-old units more reliable and keep them online. -- When you turn the light switch on, you expect the lights to come on, and most of the time they do."

He added that reliability is particularly critical during times of peak demand when plants are straining to produce enough supply to meet the demand. At those times, problems that develop in a plant can potentially cause bigger problems on the much-larger electrical grid. "There's a lot of effort to make our units operate reliably," he said, so that a grid problem doesn't start at New Madrid.

Harvey, the new assistant plant manager, will transfer from Thomas Hill Energy Center, also owned by AECI, in late December. There, he was project coordinator of the plant's large environmental controls construction project.

Harvey joined AECI in 1978 as a mechanic first period at Thomas Hill Energy Center. He has worked in various capacities since then, including mechanical maintenance supervisor, maintenance planner and senior combustion turbine specialist, the latter at Holden Power Plant.

In addition to his work experience, Harvey has a bachelor's degree in management and master's degree in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton.

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. is owned by and provides wholesale power to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve more than 850,000 customers. AECI's mission is to provide an economical and reliable power supply and support services to its members. AECI is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.