In November of 2018, we started a full turnkey Physical Security deployment for Gascosage Electric’s new and existing buildings. To date we have logged over 600 hours in technician labor, including access control, video surveillance, burglar systems, and fire protection devices. Our system operation dispatchers will monitor these security systems after hours.
On March 15th, Sho-Me held their 3rd annual Cooperative 101 class for new (and not so new) employees of our member cooperatives. This one day overview serves as an orientation to familiarize them with co-ops in general, with a more specific focus on Sho-Me, our power supplier Associated Electric Cooperative, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and NRECA. This year we had 29 attendees from seven different cooperatives whose time of service ranged from 40 years to five and a half weeks. After presentations by Joe Wilkinson from AECI, Chris Massman from AMEC, and several team members from Sho-Me, the group toured Sho-Me’s dispatch area and the Sho-Me Technologies Network Operations Center. Thanks to all who helped with this year’s event, and thanks to all who attended!
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Recently one of Sho-Me’s sister G&T’s, M&A, experienced a failed bushing test on a transformer at their Doniphan substation. With extreme cold weather in the forecast, the bushing most likely would have failed when needed most, leaving the Doniphan substation struggling to carry the load with only one of its two transformers in service. Replacement parts from the manufacturer would not arrive in time to beat the incoming cold weather, so M&A reached out to Sho-Me for assistance. Fortunately, Sho-Me was able to provide a spare bushing that matched M&A’s needs, enabling them to have their transformer back on line before the weather hit. Thank you to M&A for reaching out and helping us present this great example of how cooperation among cooperatives ultimately benefits all of our members.
BEM SUBSTATION MAINTENANCE
Last week, Sho-Me crews installed a mobile transformer at Bem in order to perform maintenance on the substation. Crews plan to perform relay upgrades, perform maintenance on the transformer including the load tap changer, maintain the low volt main breaker, move transformer arresters, and move the battery bank from an outdoor vault to inside the control building. The mobile transformer allows for normal operation of the substation while the upgrades take place. The mobile will be in service at Bem for up to two months.
Bi-annual information technologies meeting
On Thursday, January 17th, the Sho-Me IT infrastructure department hosted its bi-annual Member IT meeting. Sho-Me has hosted this meeting for the past six years as a way to promote interaction within the groups, share about current projects and trends, and provide updates on current Sho-Me initiatives. This meeting included presentations on managed firewall services by Sho-Me Technologies and trends in cloud services from a representative of Huber and Associates.
CAPE GIRARDEAU FACILITY REMODEL
On October 10th of 2018, Sides Construction was awarded the remodel of the Cape facility purchased for our Southeast communications. Sho-Me felt multiple upgrades could be made to the existing facility with safety and efficiency in mind. Sho-Me’s Facilities team was involved in the early portion of the remodel through painting, laying new hardwood flooring, and supplying work areas for the communications workforce. Sides Construction began their portion of the work on January 7th, and by January 28th the work was completed, with all demolition and construction material hauled off site. The end result is a safer, more efficient facility for our employees’ everyday use.
FEDERAL LICENSE RENEWAL FOR HYDRO
In January, 2019 Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative contracted with TRC, an engineering and consulting firm, to begin the lengthy and complex process to coordinate its Federal license renewal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the 90 years young Little Niangua Hydro Project. This process includes numerous studies and coordination meetings with state and federal agencies, as well as the public, over a period of approximately six years, with the current license expiring in June of 2024.
SERVICES TO MEMBERS
Sho-Me Power continues to support members with several aspects of physical security design, implementation and support. We are striving to deploy multiple turnkey solutions for members’ headquarter facilities this year that provide access control, video surveillance, and burglar systems. These efforts provide competitive low cost solutions compared with industry standards to help ensure protection from fire, burglary, theft, vandalism, and terrorism.
LEGISLATIVE FISH FRY
On Friday, October 10, Sho-Me Power hosted the annual Legislative Appreciation Fish Fry at Bennett Springs. While weather was less than ideal, it didn’t stop our Rural Electric Cooperatives from showing up and expressing their gratitude and appreciation for the elected officials who serve the great state of Missouri. Among the guests were Fourteen Legislators and Legislative Assistants. These elected officials are working hard at the legislative level to ensure that we can continue carrying out our mission of providing safe, reliable, low cost power for years to come and we greatly appreciate their efforts!
TUNNEL DAM TRANSFORMER REPLACEMENT
On August 14th Sho-Me crews removed the old oil-filled transformer from the roof of the Tunnel Dam Power House. Its replacement is a new dry-type transformer that eliminates the need for oil to operate and improves reliability of the facility. This new transformer takes away the possibility of an oil spill that could be caused by a mechanical failure or natural disaster and creates a safer ecosystem for the Niangua River. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of October, making the Power House operational again and friendlier to the environment!
New Accounts Payable Process
Sho-Me Power has recently implemented a new automated electronic accounts payable system. Invoices are submitted to accounting department personnel in pdf form, and all packing slips or tickets are scanned to be attached to the electronic documents. Once the invoice files contain all supporting documents, they are added to the database, which routes them to the required parties within the company for approval. When approvers have checked the appropriate approval fields for an individual invoice, the document routes back to accounting department personnel for check preparation. After checks are written, electronic copies of the checks are linked to the accompanying invoices. This new system is designed to reduce paper waste, but it also saves time by eliminating the need to scan and manually file check and invoice copies.
ENERGY IN TODAYS CLASSROOM
Seven educators from our service area were enabled to attend the “Energy in Today’s Classroom” workshop thanks to sponsorship by Sho-Me. The training, held on July 25th-26th at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, covered topics such as energy basics, energy sources, power generation and transmission Economics and energy production, and energy efficiency. We are grateful for these educators’ willingness to learn about our industry and pass that knowledge on to the students they teach. Among the 7 were Vicki Welker from the Crawford Electric service area, Laura Bell from the Gascosage Electric service area, Jodi Burns from the Howell-Oregon Electric service area, Olivia Horton from the Laclede Electric service area, Aleth Rogers from the Se-Ma-No Electric service area, Zachary Fransten from the Southwest Electric service area, and Jacob Layne from the Webster Electric service area.
3rd Annual Retiree Luncheon
On Friday, July 6, 2018, retired employees and guests gathered at Sho-Me Power Headquarters in Marshfield for the 3rd Annual Retiree Reunion. Events began with a Welcome by CEO and General Manager, John T. Richards followed by a buffet lunch hosted by the Human Resources Department. Following lunch, Telecommunications and Engineering and Operations updates were provided by Mark Keeling, Chief Technology Officer and Chris Bolick, Chief Operating Officer with opportunities to answer questions.
53 guests had a wonderful afternoon rekindling friendships and discussing their many years at Sho-Me Power!
Neighborhood Wireless Launches in Rogersville, MO
Neighborhood Wireless, LLC; Sho-Me Technologies’ wireless internet subsidiary, launched service to customers in Rogersville, Missouri on June 4th. Sho-Me employees have been working tirelessly to be ready for the commencement of the Rogersville project. In preparation for the June 4th launch, Neighborhood Wireless (NWi) investigated various solutions to use for network management. NWi has selected an innovative web-based solution called Sonar to manage customers, projects, billing, and the NWi network as a whole. This powerful tool will allow NWi customers to access their accounts, see their utilization, payment history, etc. It will also allow a more automated approach to customer management which will allow NWi to more easily manage a large customer base without drastically increasing its staff. This software is one of the first major steps in making NWi a successful venture for Sho-Me, its members, and its customers.
sUAS (DRONE) Training May 24th
On May 24th and 25th, Meridian Tech provided sUAS (drone) training to 9 Sho-Me Power employees including Linemen, Sub Mechanics, and Engineers. We plan to use drones for many things including spot inspections, thermal imagery for hot spot detection, and 3D modeling. We have high hopes for the implementation of a drone program at Sho-Me Power and it is exciting to see new tools and technology make our mission of delivering Safe, Reliable, Low Cost power more achievable than ever.
Annual Meeting May 16, 2018
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative celebrated its 76 years of service to its cooperative membership by hosting its Annual Meeting in Branson, Missouri on May 16, 2018. Over 120 representatives and friends of Sho-Me Power were in attendance as Sho-Me met to review the results of 2017 and elect three directors (Dan Singletary representing Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Carmen Hartwell representing Gascosage Electric Cooperative and Marc Roecker representing Laclede Electric Cooperative) to serve on the Sho-Me Power Board of Directors for a three year term. Links to the printed 2017 Annual Report and the 2017 Year in Review Video may be used to access the information reviewed during the Annual Meeting.