SPRINGFIELD -- Topics to promote more efficient electricity consumption took center stage during the 45th annual meeting of Springfield-based Associated Electric Cooperative June 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.
About 500 representatives from AECI's member cooperative systems, including directors and managers from six regional generation and transmission cooperatives and their 51 local distribution cooperatives in Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma, participated in sessions with national experts in the fields of energy efficiency and demand-side management. About 850,000 co-op members receive electricity provided by AECI.
In addition to their environmental benefits, these topics are timely because electricity demand continues to increase among AECI's member cooperatives. Current projections show electricity needs growing about 2.3 percent per year or about 100 megawatts annually for the next 10 years, the equivalent of adding about 30,000 homes each year.
Efficient production and use of electricity play a vital role in helping control costs and ensure consumers get the most value for their money. Because of the relationship between rising electricity demand and the rising cost of electricity, AECI is aggressively exploring innovative measures to help meet its members' growing electricity needs and control costs.
Informational sessions June 7 at AECI's annual meeting included presentations by several industry experts and professionals in the fields of energy efficiency and demand-side management.
Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney and energy program co-director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, covered the direction of national energy policy as it relates to demand-side management and energy efficiency.
Mike Chesser,chairman and CEO of Great Plains Energy Inc., discussed demand-
side initiatives that Great Plains subsidiary Kansas City Power & Light is undertaking.
AECI's annual business meeting followed June 8 and included the 2006 performance results, presented by O.B. Clark, chairman of the board, and Jim Jura, CEO and general manager.