CEO’s Message – December 2022

The most wonderful time of the year

Anthony Smith headshotIt's almost time for Christmas! What a great time! Who can help but to be excited this time of year?

I remember the thrilling anticipation of what could possibly be under that tree — and that was just last year. Seriously though, that anticipation may be more memorable than anything I actually unwrapped when I was a kid. I find it fascinating that as adults we experience a similar feeling of excitement giving a gift to someone we care about. Just like you, at Union Rural Electric Cooperative (URE) we truly enjoy giving our members something useful and relevant.

Beyond electric and natural gas service, there are other advantages to URE membership. For instance, members can sign up for SmartHub and monitor your own electric and gas usage, pay your bill, and even report an outage. This is a free tool that can be used online at the recently remodeled or on your smart device through the SmartHub app.

URE also offers a Co-op Connections discount program that gets you big discounts at dozens of local businesses and on your prescriptions and medical services. Check out the Co-op Connections website for more information or give us a call.

We’re happy to provide information and tips on everything from saving money with home energy efficiency to recipes and industry updates right here in this magazine. If you missed an article, you can always find it online on our website under the “About Us” tab. Click on the Ohio Cooperative Living magazine archive page.

While helping you save money by using energy efficiently, we are trying to be efficient as well. We’ve been working hard with our generation provider, Buckeye Power, to keep generation, transmission, and distribution costs as manageable as possible. You may have read recently that electric bills are expected to continue rapidly increasing. Thanks to the foresight and planning of cooperative leaders, Ohio cooperatives like URE will see much smaller increases than those of other utilities.

Every day we strive to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy to you. Along with that, we do what we can to improve the quality of life within our communities. Not only do our board members and employees volunteer in their local community organizations, but URE also directly supports many of those same organizations. We know that our members are better off when our communities are healthy and strong.

Through our Operation Round Up program, you help us fi ll needs in our community. We fund special projects or programs that benefi t our members and our communities, and all of the money stays local. When you “round up” your monthly bill from URE and donate to this fund, you’re making a big difference in someone’s life.

Like you, we enjoy giving something valuable to those we care about. I hope that you will take advantage of what URE, your electric cooperative, has to offer. From all your friends at URE, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

Anthony Smith