The theme for this year’s Annual General Meeting was “Raising the Bar”and you might ask, “What is the value of Raising the Bar?” Rural Electrification Associations , as independent power providers, raised the bar for rural Alberta economic development by raising the poles to bring critical electricity to farms and businesses.
Lightning storms are a threat to be taken seriously. Lightning bolts carry a charge of millions of volts and can reach temperatures greater than the surface of the sun.
It’s the time of year when many outdoor renovation projects are underway. Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or are using power tools for the first time, electrical safety is a consideration.
Complacency is one of the greatest enemies of safety. It is defined as, “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger.”
Battle River Power Coop participated in the Habitat Camrose Adopt-A-Day program for the third consecutive year this May. Concern for Community is one of the cooperative principles and working for Habitat is a way to honor that principle. As a corporate volunteer, the Coop sent seven enthusiastic employees to the Restore, where they painted trim for a day.
Tractors, sprayers, cultivators and seed drills have increased dramatically in size, while powerlines remain a constant height. The new equipment has amazing capabilities in reducing the time and effort required for seeding and harvest. It also changes the distance that an operator must allow between machines and electrical structures.
Pole testing and treating is a preventative maintenance program developed to identify the power poles with decay or damage by insects, rodents or the weather. Every pole in the Battle River Power Coop system is tested on a seven year rotation and poles that do not pass the inspection are tagged and scheduled for replacement next year.
The Board of Directors of Battle River Power Coop plays an important role in ensuring the success of the Cooperative. Directors, as tasked under the Rural Utilities Act, provide the general direction and supervision of the affairs and business of the association. Directors serve and protect the Coop through sound governance and financial oversight. They attend Board meetings and on occasion are requested to attend outside meetings or conventions with relevance to the electrical industry. They represent Battle River Power Coop before government agencies, industry stakeholders and other REAs.
Today, it is hard to imagine life when homework was done by the light of coal oil lamps, water was pumped by hand and cooking was done on a wood stove. Only 70 years ago, this was life on most Alberta farms. Electrification was a surprisingly controversial issue in the 1940s. Like a hot potato, it was tossed from the Alberta Government to the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and finally to the farming community. The question, “Who will build the power grid in rural Alberta?” was finally answered in 1948 with a provincial decision to make Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) the vehicle for rural electrification.