Pioneer Electric Prepares For Upcoming 73rd Annual Meeting

Join us at Pioneer Electric’s 73rd annual meeting and free health fair on March 18, 2017, at the Grant County Civic Center in Ulysses.

Events for the day will start at 7 a.m. with our annual health fair, sponsored in partnership with Pioneer Communications. Blood draws and free blood profiling will be available until 11:30 a.m. Members can also pay for additional tests including A1C (glycohemoglobin), PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) and TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Each test will be available for $8 each. Please note, payments will only be accepted in cash or check. It is important to note, Pioneer Electric and Pioneer Communications will not have access to your test results. We will provide you with the appropriate contact information to receive your testing results.

Registration for the annual meeting will begin at 8 a.m., and the meeting will be called to order at 10 a.m. At registration, members will receive their ballot for the election of the following board of trustee positions:


  • District 1 – incumbent MELVIN WINGER and nominee DAVID WALKER
  • District 2 – incumbent MIKE BREWER and nominee SHANE W. BROWNING
  • District 7 – incumbent MARTIE FLOYD and nominee ROBERT E. SEGER

Topics of discussion at this year’s annual meeting will include the importance of community involvement, community outreach programs offered by Pioneer Electric, board of trustee elections and recognition of scholarship and Youth Tour recipients. In addition, Pioneer Electric employees will be drawing for door prizes throughout the meeting. Events will conclude with a free meal to be served at the end of the meeting.

“Active participation in your cooperative is vital,” said CEO Steve Epperson. “It’s through the support of our community that Pioneer Electric is able to meet the needs of the members we serve. Together, we work to ensure a strong cooperative today and for future generations.”

Urban Street Lighting and LED Lighting Schedules

The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“Pioneer Electric”) has authorized management to review Pioneer Electric’s current Board-approved Urban Street Lighting Service Schedule and the cost to provide such service to eligible customers, as well as implement and offer the more cost-effective and efficient LED street lighting option.  After reviewing both, pursuant to K.S.A. 66-104d, Pioneer Electric is presenting the following adjustments to Pioneer Electric’s current Urban Street Lighting Schedule and offering a new LED Urban Street Lighting Schedule option to eligible Members of Pioneer Electric.  This adjustment and new schedule will become effective upon Board approval and will not affect most customers as it is available only to Government, Municipal, County, School District and non-Government-owned housing subdivision electric customers, located in Pioneer Electric’s service territory, for street lighting.

Below is a comparison of the current and proposed Urban Street Lighting Schedule and the new LED Street Lighting Schedule.

Urban street lighting and LED schedules

Staying Prepared This Winter Storm Season

When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Winter storm severity varies depending on where you live, but nearly all Americans are affected by extreme winter storms at some point. Pioneer Electric cares about your safety, and we want you to be prepared.

Heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving co-op members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

Stay warm:

Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and wood-burning sources of heat should always be properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.

Stay supplied:

The CDC recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked handy. Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage. Members with a medical need must ensure that they have the appropriate supplies needed for care. Take time to ensure that you are properly stocked with the required medical supplies (medicine, oxygen, etc.) and have alerted Pioneer Electric if you need electrical service, prior to the outage. Members requiring electricity for a medical need, such as kidney dialysis or CPAP, must have a certified doctor’s note sent to Pioneer Electric to notify the Cooperative of the need.

Stay safe:

When an outage occurs, it usually means power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report them by calling 888-551-4140.


Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, and planning ahead can often be the difference between life and death. Pioneer Electric is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too.