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Weather Forecast:

Monday Jan 26 - Mostly sunny and mild.  Winds out of the Northwest at 12 mph with gusts up to 24 mph.  High of 59 degrees.

Categorizing Catastrophic Events

To keep members up to date, Atchison-Holt Electric has 3 categories of events.  Below, each category is summarized.  This will be updated daily to keep you informed.  You may also check our Facebook page to keep up to date on outages.

Category 1, Blue – Includes local incidents and normal day to day operations.  Adverse weather is unlikely in this category.  Will require no additional staffing; normal crew requirements.  Less than 100 members impacted and will last less than one day.

Category 2, Orange – Includes region wide incidents or incidents that require more than 24/7 operations.  Adverse weather is possible or likely.  Normal crews may be sufficient but mutual aid or contractors may be required.  More than 100 but less than 500 members impacted and could last approximately 1-3 days.

Category 3, Red – Major storm, wildfire, flooding, earthquake, pandemic, terrorist attack or major media event.  Extreme weather possible or likely.  All local crews, mutual aid and other resources will be required.  More than 500 members impacted and could last more than 3 days.



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Contact:  Greg Batson, (573) 876-9304

Release:  Immediate

Farmers, Ranchers and Rural Small Businesses Can Cut Energy Costs

COLUMBIA, MO, January 6, 2015 – Missouri Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning has announced application deadlines for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The announcement follows the publication of a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) and Fiscal Year 2015 REAP Final Rule in the Federal Register on December 29, 2014.  REAP provides financial assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers for the purchase of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.

“REAP is a community and economic development program. Any time a program can reduce costs for producers and businesses, the result is improved community stability and vitality,” Ms. Dunning commented. “Through REAP, projects are funded which reduce operating costs for businesses, farmers and ranchers. These projects not only assist community and economic development, but the energy savings and energy advancements extend the life of existing energy resources and contribute to preserving a healthy ecosystem.”

Three (3) application deadlines were established in the NOSA. The deadline for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant applications (eligible to universities and colleges, local or state governments and utilities) is February 12, 2015.  Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible to apply for renewable energy system and energy efficiency grants for up to 25% of the eligible project cost.  The deadlines for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements grants are April 30, 2015 and June 30, 2015.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis following the application deadlines, until available program funds are exhausted.  Guaranteed loan applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Missouri has $1.8 million in grant funding available for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. For information on REAP contact (573) 876-9321 or email nathan.tutt@mo.usda.gov.    

President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.


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As a MAP member, we are going to make sure you have all the information you need so that when the Co-op Nation is threatened, you'll be educated and confident to act. It may be something simple like signing your name on a petition to talking to your neighbors about the issues or just knowing which candidates support the cooperative way of life when you go to vote.


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As your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, we strive to provide dependable electricity at a competitive cost to every member. But as a member, you have the power. The power to have a voice in how the co-op is run. To energize and enhance your life with affordable electricity. To save money through responsible energy use and a community of connections. The power is all yours. It’s up to you to turn it on. Learn More



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Protecting our energy supply: Missouri House votes to give state new authority

With the federal government moving toward greater regulation of greenhouse gas—regulation that threatens to shutter critical power generation sources—the Missouri House has taken action to protect our state’s interests.

In 2009, President Barack Obama pledged to combat the effects of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050. Toward this goal, he directed the EPA to promulgate rules regulating emissions for new and existing coal-fired power plants.

The rules for new power plant construction were released in January. They effectively prohibit the construction of new coal power plants until technology is developed to capture and store emissions underground. Such technology is years, or perhaps decades, from being ready for mainstream power generation — if ever.

Expectations are that the new regulations for existing power plants will be released in June. If these restrictions follow the path of the restrictions on new power plants, Missouri’s energy supply could be in danger.

Nearly 85 percent of Missouri’s electrical energy needs are supplied by coal. The new regulations might force many of Missouri’s existing coal plants into retirement, leaving the state with nothing to fill the energy void.

The result will be a dramatic increase in energy costs across the board. Missouri consumers can expect direct increases of at least 25 – 35 percent for energy usage, and even more from non-direct economic impacts. The price of goods and services will soar dramatically as consumers absorb the increased costs of production and distribution that result from a forced reduction in energy output.

To help protect against this, the Missouri House has passed House Bill 1631. This bill would allow Missouri to exert the full force of its authority under the Clean Air Act to make regulatory decisions locally that are in the best interest of our state. It charges the state’s Air Conservation Commission to develop emissions standards and compliance schedules—rather than wait for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to specify these for Missouri.

“At the end of the day, we think Missouri is in a better position to determine that rather than bureaucrats in Washington,” said bill sponsor Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.

The House passed the bill by a wide margin.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports this legislation and is closely watching how the EPA chooses to issue future regulations. We will keep our members informed.


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