Battle River Power Coop Board of Directors
One of the advantages of being a member of Battle River Power Coop is the members’ right and privilege to elect a Board of Directors. Directors are members of the Cooperative, elected by the membership and tasked to govern in the best interests of Battle River Power Coop.
The Rural Utilities Act, governing Rural Electrification Associations (REAs), outlines the role of Directors, stating Directors are empowered “for the general direction and supervision of the affairs and business of the association”. They have the responsibility of appointing and engaging managers or other entities they consider necessary for the conduct of the affairs and business of the association. They make decisions about policies, finances and purchases required by the Cooperative.
The Directors meet once per month in addition to external attendance at various meetings and forums and are active in government relations, stakeholder relations and building industry relationships. Participation in these activities is integral to the positive positioning of Battle River Power Coop and strengthens the knowledge base around the Board table. For example, Chair Dan Astner is also the Chair of the Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations (AFREA).
Battle River Power Coop internal committee work includes the Executive, Governance and Nomination Committees. Industry related participation in 2017 involved the government initiated solar and smart grid committees and the Rural Utilities Intermingled Study. Two current subjects of particular concern to the Board are the urban/rural annexation of REA members initiated by FortisAlberta and the AUC 61L Project in the Hardisty area.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Board provides a strategic overview of opportunities and challenges the Coop has dealt with to a sold-out crowd. This is another opportunity for members and Directors to connect. More information about the Battle River Power Coop Board of Directors is on this website: http://www.brpower.coop/about/board-of-directors.