Richard Fowler's blog
When electric cooperative were created 81 years ago, built into the business model was the idea of fairness. All margins (or profits) that a cooperative has are allocated back to the members each year. And as our board policy allows (through responsible financial ratios) we give those margins back to our members. In the last 28 years, we have given back more than $2.8 million.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 9:28pm
Howard Electric Cooperative is implementing a NEW rate structure that gives members more control over their power bill than ever before!
By simply reducing energy use during the highest cost period each day, members can save on power bills.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 4:01pm
Associated Electric Cooperative, the power supplier of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, has announced that rates will be going up in 2016, probably April 1st.
As a result, Howard Electric will raise rates in April to cover Associated’s increases as well as other increases that HEC has seen, including the cost of a much needed third substation. This new substation will be located in the southwest portion of our service area and will allow us to better serve existing members and new loads.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:00am
Ever since Howard Electric Cooperative was formed in 1936 your cooperative has looked for ways to better serve you…our members. In that same spirit, we have been working with our rate consultant over the last several months studying our rates. I am excited to report that we have developed a new rate structure that in future years will give you more control over your power bill, if you choose to do so. Although rates are going up the restructuring of our rates will more accurately reflect the cost to operate HEC.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:00am
I thought I would take this opportunity to update the membership on a few recent developments you might find informative. Recently I was able to attend the Associations of Missouri Electric Cooperatives annual meeting in Branson, MO and was able to witness Attorney Chris Koster announce that Missouri will add its name to 23 other states who have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Clean Power Plan. Mr.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 12/29/2015 - 12:00am
You're 60 years old. You and your wife have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. You're building a house and you've got to decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want. Your children and grandchildren live in North Carolina, Arizona, Vermont and south Texas. They only come home for Christmas and a few days in August. your wife wants a five bedroom house with a game room that the grandkids can bunk down in. These rooms wll be used 10 days out of the year. The other 355 days of the year, they go unused.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Fri, 12/18/2015 - 5:54pm
When it comes to global warming, I agree with the deniers. Here’s why.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:14pm
When it comes to global warming, I agree with the deniers. Well, what exactly are they denying?
They deny that the global climate is safer absent man‐made CO2 emissions. Life expectancy 200 years ago in this country was 35‐40 years. Now it’s approaching 80 years. There is a strong correlation between fossil fuel use and life expectancy.
Electricity feeds the machines that allow labs to test and perfect the medicines we use. Reliable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week electricity keeps antibiotics refrigerated which extends life.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:07pm
When it comes to global warming. I agree with the deniers. I deny that because of an increase in carbon dioxide by one one‐hundredth of one percent, that we will see an increase in catastrophic weather.
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:02pm
When it comes to global warming, I agree with the deniers. What are they denying? They are denying that our goal for this planet is to “minimize our impact on our environment at all costs”. One who supports this idea is David Graber, research biologist for the National Park Service summarizing McKibben’s book The End of Nature. He said “We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the earth. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”
Submitted by Richard Fowler on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:53pm