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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 24, 2017

 

Directors Dumas and Thompson Re-Elected to UCS Board

Dumas re-elected board president.

BURLESON—At the regular monthly meeting of United Cooperative Services’ Board of Directors, Patsy Dumas (District 2) Monday was re-elected president of the board. Dumas represents the cooperative’s membership in the Burleson-Mansfield area. Other board officers re-elected include Vice President Larry Bays (District 7) and Secretary/Treasurer Tommy Cantrell (District 3).

The board officer slate was cast following the cooperative’s annual board of director elections, the results of which were canvassed Oct. 21 at the cooperative’s 79th Annual Meeting of the membership at Glen Rose High School. United members re-elected Dumas and Harry Thompson (District 1, Possum Kingdom Lake area) to three-year terms respectively on United’s board of directors.

 “Our board has been instrumental in United’s success in providing safe, reliable and affordable electric distribution service to our membership,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “I look forward to Patsy Dumas’ leadership as board president, as well as the continued contributions by United’s entire board of directors, as we continue to work hard to provide our members exceptional service and value.”

 “I’m humbled by my fellow directors’ confidence in re-electing me to serve as president of the board of United Cooperative Services,” Dumas said. “Looking forward, I see opportunities and challenges. Some of them will be significant. Some of them will require vision. All of them will require us to work together as a cooperative to be innovative, agile and visionary. This doesn’t worry me because I know we have the management and employees with the skills and the will to succeed.”

 

About United Cooperative Services:                                                       

Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 83,000 meters and over 57,000 members.  Maintaining more than 10,500 miles of energized line, United serves parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.

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Sept. 7, 2017

 

United Cooperative Services Reaches 2 Million Hours Without a Lost-Time Accident

Co-op proves productivity and safety can coexist.

BURLESON - United Cooperative Services employees have reached an historic milestone—2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. While this achievement is immensely significant for the 152-employee electric cooperative utility, it is more noteworthy when considering the business it’s in—delivering electric power to the co-op’s 80,000-plus member-owners.

“This is by far the biggest and most important achievement I’ve been associated with in my 20-plus years in the electric utility industry,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “This accomplishment is a direct result of our employees constantly putting safety as the No. 1 priority at our cooperative, which has led to a total safety culture.”

Establishing an effective safety program, especially at an electric utility, requires commitment from the entire organization, starting at the top. As CEO of United, Smallwood challenges all of the employees to be the best at everything they do, but specifically to put safety first when performing their job duties—no matter what.

Keeping United’s infrastructure operating at an optimal reliability level, while keeping its rates affordable, often requires employees to encounter some of the harshest conditions when restoring power or simply performing day-to-day maintenance. Some of the challenges faced by employees include tornadoes, wild fires, raging winds, lightning and heavy downpours. Despite these hurdles, United employees perform their jobs professionally and, more importantly, safely.

“United is considered to be one of the most progressive, productive, efficient and successful electric cooperative utilities in the nation,” Smallwood said. “Our members have given us through our satisfaction surveys the highest satisfaction scores in the nation. That’s a tremendous honor that we strive to obtain every day. However, there is nothing we, as United Cooperative Services employees, could ever hope to accomplish at this cooperative that is worth injuring or, worse, killing an employee over,” he added. “At the end of each day when every single employee returns home safely is the true accomplishment of our safety culture.”

The byproducts of United’s safety culture can be seen in all areas of the co-op’s business. When people are injured on the job, it costs an organization a tremendous amount—financially, operationally and emotionally.

“In approaching their duties safely, the United employees clearly demonstrate the advantages of being an electric cooperative member. The people we serve get to see the results of our employees’ efforts every day through the safe, reliable and affordable electric service we provide,” Smallwood said.

While the 2 million hours without a lost-time accident serves as a symbol of achievement, the approach to safety taken by United employees is the reason why it occurred. That emphasis on safety will continue to serve as the hallmark of United Cooperative Services.

 About United Cooperative Services:

Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 81,000 meters and nearly 60,000 members.  United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves.  Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.

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Aug. 16, 2017

 

 

United to Offer Members Solar Power With Community Plant

BURLESON – With the goal of making solar energy more accessible for its members, United Cooperative Services (United) today announced the commencement of a 9.9 MW (AC) community solar power plant that will immediately begin construction in Bosque County. The plant developer is TurningPoint Energy and will be built by DEPCOM Power Inc. (DEPCOM).

“Community solar allows multiple people to get electricity from a large solar photovoltaic array, offering a convenient, affordable option for our members who want a part of their monthly power to come from the environmentally friendly energy source,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “Our community solar project is an attractive option for members interested in solar, but who don’t wish to make a significant financial investment, or do not have optimal space or roof orientation, allowing for the maximum output of the solar system. Our community solar facility will also be the perfect solution for members who rent their homes, or do not want to own or maintain a solar array.”

This community solar plant required no upfront costs to United. However, energy produced by the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement from DEPCOM to United. As an electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 meters in 14 north Texas counties, United does not generate electricity, but delivers power to member homes and businesses over 11,000 miles of line. The solar power plant is scheduled to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2017 and will generate clean energy to help bring affordably priced solar power to thousands of United residential members. The facility will cover 58 of the 105-acre site.

“Having always been committed to bringing innovative energy solutions to our membership that align with our mission of delivering exceptional service and value, this community solar facility will give our members access to cost-effective and reliable solar power,” Smallwood said.

Key details for this community solar project include:

  • Facility capacity of 9.9 MW (AC)
  • 55 local jobs created with an emphasis on hiring military veterans
  • 553 rows of tracking solar panels to obtain optimal facility energy output
  • 44,340 solar panels with wattages of 320w and 325w per panel

Currently, United is developing the community solar program that will be offered to members and allow members to purchase energy from the system with an availability to occur in the first quarter of 2018.

About United Cooperative Services: 

Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 meters and more than 57,000 members.  United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves.  Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves all or parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.

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For Immediate Release

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         June 5, 2017

UCS Offers $2,500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest

Perpetrators shoot electric company’s equipment, causing outage and unnecessary expense.

Stephenville, TX – United Cooperative Services (United) announced today that it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who fired gunshots that caused extensive damage last week to its infrastructure on F.M. 219 and C.R. 420 in Huckabay.

“Our members, both residential and those with businesses served by our electric distribution facilities, depend on having electricity for sustenance of life and economy,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “We are committed to taking aggressive action against anyone who wishes to destroy our equipment that prevents us from delivering safe, reliable and affordable service to our members."

United supports local law enforcement authorities investigating the crime, which caused a day-long outage to one member. With this reward, the cooperative hopes to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.

The damaged equipment has a value of more than $60,000. However, and more importantly, damaging high-voltage equipment can cause serious injury or death to the perpetrators or innocent bystanders.

“We intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and bring this evildoer or these evildoers to justice,” Smallwood said. “We have earmarked $2,500 to reward anyone who has information that would help us get these people off the streets. Anyone who knows anything about this crime, please contact the cooperative or local law enforcement."

About United Cooperative Services: 

Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 81,000 meters and nearly 60,000 members.  United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves.  Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.

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