The dawn of a New Year is a time-honoured occasion for reflections on the past and resolutions for the future. 2019 marked a remarkable milestone for Battle River Power Coop with the passage of our 70th year. Rural electrification in Alberta took place over the span of several years, so your own electrical installation may be a little older or a little younger. Nonetheless, electricity in our daily lives is an often-overlooked cause for celebration.

2019 was a year of challenge for many rural Albertans as the farming community coped with a wet, cold harvest season. Battle River Power Coop Staff, Managers and Directors were privileged to hear personal stories when we delivered Meals to the Field to contest winners throughout our service area.

Concern for community is one of the guiding principles of our cooperative, and in 2019 Battle River Power Coop sent a team to work for Habitat for Humanity for the 5th consecutive year. Our staff has an annual tradition of donating to a local food bank, supporting a different community each year. The 2019 donation went to the Camrose and District Food Bank on December 19.

Battle River Power Coop supported education in 2019 through the presentation of 5 post-secondary scholarships and a sponsorship to Alberta Community and Co-operative Association’s (ACCA) Youth Leadership Program. Qualified staff took electrical education and safety presentations to grade 5 classes in our area.

A new outage map was added to the Battle River Power Coop website. Communication with members continues to be diverse and active, through Facebook and twitter, monthly newsletters, this website, and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members voted for candidates nominated to the Board of Directors resulting in the election of three incumbents and three new Directors.

Looking ahead to 2020 and in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, Battle River Power Coop renews its ongoing commitment to Tradition and Innovation as expressed in the theme of the 2019 AGM. We also repeat our mission statement: Battle River Power Coop’s sole mission is to provide electricity to our members and future members in the most prudent manner possible, while providing the best possible service.

Battle River Power Coop’s staff, management and Board of Directors wish all our members a very happy and successful New Year!