H.U.G.S. Presentation: Seward County Extension 4-H Club

LIBERAL, Kan.—Southern Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) program presented the Seward County Extension and 4-H program with a $2,000 donation to help the 4-H’ers with furnishing their new building.

The new building will allow the youth organization to hold various projects such as arts and crafts, cooking, sewing and shooting sports at a central location. The projects were held at various locations around the local area prior to the building’s construction, as the group hadn’t had a central location for nearly a decade.

Seward County Extension Agent Kylee Harrison said, “The kids are enrolled in different projects throughout the year and once they are in those, they have project meetings. We use many different buildings and meeting rooms in the area, but it was always a ‘where was it going to be today’ and we had to haul stuff back and forth all the time.”

The Seward County Extension’s new 4-H building, currently under construction.

“So this will be really nice having a central location so the kids always know where it will be.”

With an overall goal of “making the best better,” the 4-H group feels that having a safe and caring environment and location for the youth and leaders to meet will make for a more positive learning experience. The building will also be used as part of the Seward County Extension program in addition to the 4-H activities—adding even more educational opportunities to the county’s youth.

With 50 area youth enrolled in 4-H full-time, there are also 70 youth that will attend educational events during the summer months. Both the 4-H and non-4-H youth events will be held in the new building.

Donations are a key part of the groups success, helping the local area youth really make the most of their time with the Extension and in 4-H. The H.U.G.S. donation will help furnish the building with things like stoves, refrigerators and other appliances for its fully stocked kitchen.

“Our budgets aren’t huge; we have a fairly tight budget to run off of for Extension and 4-H,” said Harrison. “So any donations we receive are amazing and that’s really what we function off of.”

To get more information on the Seward County Extension programs and 4-H, or to make a donation, please contact Kylee Harrison at kharrison@ksu.edu.

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the H.U.G.S. program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services, Anita Wendt. (Phone: 620.424.5271 and E-mail: awendt@pioneerelectric.coop)

 

H.U.G.S. Presentation: Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor

LIBERAL, Kan.—In their mission to thank our military and raise awareness of the dedication and sacrifice of veterans and service members, the Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor program received a $1,000 donation from Southern Pioneer Electrics H.U.G.S. team representatives Tuesday to help with the organizations 2017 goal.

With one quilt costing up to $250 to complete, the monetary donation will go toward fabrics for quilt tops, backing, batting, labels and shipping. The quilting services themselves are donated by volunteer quilters.

Depending completely on donations, the Quilts of Valor program for the area set their yearly goal at 70 quilts for military members, looking at costs of up to $17,500. The H.U.G.S. donation is a big help according to Quilts of Valor member and local area administrator, Peggy Luck.

“Any donations that come to Quilts of Valor are used specifically for the quilts and the work is all done by volunteers,” said Luck. “We are just so excited for a donation like this.”

Since starting in 2003, the Quilts of Valor program has distributed over 151,000 quilts nationwide. In Southwest Kansas alone, the quilting guild has given out over 200 quilts and has 100 requests pending for new quilts.

Luck said, “Because our community has been so receptive and supportive of wanting to honor their veterans, we have over 100 quilt request right now. The quilts that are made in southwest Kansas will stay in southwest Kansas—all the quilts we make here are for our communities.”

The local quilting group has honored veterans as far north as Hill City, Colby and Stockton, with quilts also going as far as Dodge City and Anthony. While some quilts are presented privately, most are given in public ceremonies—something the quilters love because it shows public support for former members of the armed services.

“I started with Quilts of Valor in 2003 and I don’t know how many quilts I’ve helped make, but it’s not enough,” said longtime member Sharon Hobble. “I am sold on this organization, it’s one of the best things we have going and I don’t think we can recognize veterans enough.”

For more information for the Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor organization, or to donate, please contact Peggy Luck at peggy.luck@QOVF.org.

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the H.U.G.S. program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services, Anita Wendt. (Phone: 620.424.5271 and E-mail: awendt@pioneerelectric.coop)

 

Consumer Update: Southern Pioneer Electric Company Rate Filing Will Affect Electric Bills

OVERVIEW OF FILING

As permitted by the Kansas Corporation Commission (“Commission” or “KCC”) and in accordance with Docket Nos. 13-MKEE-452-MIS (“13-452 Docket”) and 16-MKEE-023-TAR (“16-023 Docket”), on April 26, 2017, Southern Pioneer Electric Company (“Southern Pioneer”) filed under one docket, but following the protocols adopted in each docket, its fourth Debt Service Coverage (“DSC”) Formula Based Rate (“FBR”) Program Annual Filing and its second 34.5 kV FBR Plan Annual Filing (together the “Annual Filings”) to make application with the KCC, requesting a retail rate adjustment.  Since you are a retail customer that receives electric service through Southern Pioneer and will be impacted by these Annual Filings, Southern Pioneer would like to give you information regarding the Annual Filings.

HISTORY OF SOUTHERN PIONEER ELECTRIC COMPANY

Southern Pioneer, with its corporate office in Ulysses, Kansas and Customer Service-Distribution Offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas, is a not-for-profit corporation and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. Southern Pioneer is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, comprised of cooperative consumers, and regularly receives input on matters affecting consumers from a nine-member Consumer Advisory Council, consisting of Southern Pioneer ratepayers.  Southern Pioneer provides distribution service to approximately 17,200 plus retail consumers in 10 southwest and south central Kansas counties.  Southern also provides local access delivery service to both full and partial requirement wholesale users of its 34.5 kV sub-transmission system.

IMPACTS TO RETAIL ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION

As part of the 13-452 Docket and 16-023 Docket, both approved by the Commission, Southern Pioneer sought and received Commission permission to create a DSC FBR Pilot Program (the “DSC Plan”) and a 34.5 kV FBR Program (the “34.5 kV Plan”) for the territory served by Southern Pioneer. The DSC and 34.5 kV Plans allows for retail and local delivery service access (“LADS”) rates to be adjusted on an annual basis, using a formula and DSC/Revenue Requirement targets, subject to an annual review and approval process by the Commission.

In order to achieve the agreed to financial/revenue requirement targets of 1.75 DSC of Southern Pioneer’s utility system using the processes and protocols approved in the 13-452 Docket and 16-023 Docket Settlements, an overall “net” retail rate decrease of $355,136 or -0.52% is required by Southern Pioneer.  The proposed revenue decrease in this Filing is necessary to assure compliance with the Commission-approved DSC and 34.5 kV FBR Plans.

Because each rate class is affected differently, as reflected in the attached schedules and based on the test year revenues and expenses, Southern Pioneer has estimated these Filings, if approved, will result in an approximate -0.84% decrease, or about a $0.92 net decrease per month, for the average residential customer. Proposed rates for other customer classes are reflected in the tables below. 

 

REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITY

The Commission regulates public utilities, who are not locally-regulated pursuant to K.S.A. 66-104d. The Commission’s oversight primarily pertains to rates and terms of service.  In order to ensure that customers of regulated utilities are provided sufficient and efficient service at just and reasonable rates, regulated utilities may not change their rates without Commission approval.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A complete copy of Southern Pioneer’s Filing (the application, supporting testimony and proposed rates) is available on the Commission’s website at: http://www.kcc.ks.gov, by searching Docket Filings for Docket No. 17-SPEE-476-TAR. You may contact Randall D. Magnison, Executive Vice President-Assistant CEO at 620-424-5211 or Southern Pioneer’s Customer Service Offices at 1-800-670-4381 with questions or visit Southern Pioneer’s website at www.southernpioneer.net.

If you have questions or complaints regarding this Filing, you may also contact the Commission’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 1-800-662-0027 or at public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov. Questions or complaints should reference Docket No. 17-SPEE- 476-TAR.