Hard Hats Off to Our 2018 Service Award Recipient

2018 Service Award Recipients

In December, Pioneer Electric proudly recognized the efforts of employees and their years of service to the cooperative. In 2018, seven of Pioneer’s employees and three board members reached milestone achievements for their years of service.
For years, the cooperative has chosen to recognize the continuous service of employees and board members. This is traditionally done each December, giving employees’ family and friends the opportunity to join in on the celebration.
“Thank you for being part of our work family,” said Melissa Morales, manager of human resources and a 2018 service award honoree. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the wonderful group of people we have at Pioneer Electric. Thank you for all the years of dedication and hard work!”

5 Years:
Zane May, Journeyman Lineman
Charles Milburn, Board Member
John Ledesma, Staking Technician
Cord Teeter, Journeyman Lineman

6 Years:
John Jury, Board Member

10 Years:
Melissa Morales, Manager of HR
David Romero, Building Technician

15 Years:
Greg Davis, Senior System Administrator

20 Years:
Fred Claassen, Board Member

30 Years:
Henry Buczynski, Work Order Clerk



Pioneer Electric has implemented some changes regarding transcripts needed to complete our Scholarship program application. We will not require that students include their fall 2018 grades in their transcripts. We have notified our area schools regarding the change and ask that if anyone has questions to please refer to our scholarship page.

Applications for our Scholarship program are due on Jan. 8, 2019. Applications received after this point will not be considered.

Pioneer Electric to Retire $4 Million Back in Capital Credit Checks

The Pioneer Electric Board of Trustees is proud to announce that the cooperative will return $4 million back ($1.8 million from Pioneer Electric and $2.2 million from Sunflower Electric) to its members in the form of capital credit checks. Members of the board met in September to discuss the retirement of funds allocated earlier this year.

Each year, the cooperative allocates (or sets aside) a portion of a member’s patronage (the amount of electricity purchased) that is in excess of operating expenses. These funds are kept on Pioneer books until such time it is retired (or paid) by the cooperative. For Pioneer, this retirement is done through a “hybrid” plan where a percentage of retirements are from the current year and the balance is from the oldest years on record.

Before retiring the patronage, the Board of Trustees and Management evaluate the current state of the cooperative. Provided a retirement will not impair Pioneer Electric, the Board then votes on whether to retire (or pay) this allocated (or set aside) patronage. If approved, the cooperative will return the accumulated credits back to members at the Member Appreciation Days in December.

2018 will be the first year in which members will also receive retired capital from Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. Sunflower is Pioneer Electric’s wholesale power provider and is, in itself, a generation and transmission (or G&T) cooperative. Much like Pioneer, Sunflower may also retire past allocations back to its members, to include Pioneer; who will in return pass these along to its members. The Sunflower Board of Trustees approves the retirement of these G&T capital credits based on its review of Sunflower’s equity position and financial health.

Capital credit checks will be available for members to pick up during Member Appreciation Days (Dec. 4-6). Please note that Pioneer Electric will NOT distribute checks to members prior to the celebration. Checks not picked up during the event will be mailed on Dec. 7.