Thursday, 25 April 2019 21:55

Why We Need Reform

Written by RePower REC

Download our fact sheet for an overview of our campaign and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s undemocratic policies, listen to the Repower REC launch teleconference, or read our full memo outlining the case for reform at REC. You can also read our op-ed published in the Rappahannock News and The Free Lance-Star.

The REC policies in need of reform fall into three general areas:

ACCESS TO BASIC INFORMATION

REC does not allow co-op members to observe board meetings, where key decisions on important matters such as electric rates and co-op finances are made. Nor does it make its meetings available online, publish detailed meeting minutes, or even provide easily-accessible contact information for board members. REC requires members requesting such information to agree to potential legal fees before providing access. Instead of discouraging member inquiries with thinly veiled legal threats, REC should make it easy and convenient for members to find out what their board is discussing and how decisions are made.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF REC’S BOARD AND MANAGEMENT ARE MAKING DECISIONS IN OUR BEST INTEREST?

Want to request information from REC? You must download, complete, and submit this form for any information request. REC does not provide this form on their website and only makes it available upon request.

Co-op members might be interested in requesting:

  1. Minutes of board meetings;
  2. REC board policies

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY
REC does not provide transparent, detailed financial information to allow members to evaluate a wide range of REC financial decisions — including capital-credit reimbursement to members, board pay, and increasing customer fees, such as the recent 40% increase in fixed monthly charges.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF REC IS MANAGING OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES RESPONSIBLY?

Read more about the impact of REC’s recent fixed charges increase on current and future solar homeowners in REC territory.

FAIR ELECTIONS
Under current REC policies, it is nearly impossible to determine whether REC board members are informed and engaged. The lack of transparency also makes it impossible for members to cast informed votes for board candidates. Even worse, the board uses REC funds to encourage co-op members to cast blank “proxy ballots,” ceding power to the board to control election outcomes. And recent REC bylaw changes make it even more difficult for members to control our co-op by proposing amendments.

HOW DO WE MAINTAIN DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF THE CO-OP WITHOUT FAIR ELECTIONS?

Read the Seven Cooperative Principles that REC claims to abide by to get a better sense of how their annual meeting and general decision-making fails to live up to their own values.

Link to original article from RePower REC

Last modified on Friday, 26 April 2019 01:00

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