General Manager Rod Cotton: EPA's Clean Power Plan will cost you
Committee members for this year's events are: Gina Truesdell, Tony Clark, Mary Bryan, Dan Bryan, Rod Cotton
, Stan Hayward, Anne Anderson, Todd Rodenberg, Jennie Tipton, Kate Lambert, Jennifer Lovell, Staci Baker, Natalie Leamer, Cheri Kincade, Mary Murdock, Carrie Almond, Joe Hardie, Kinnison McKay, Sherry Parks, Kate Lyons and Chasity Anderson.
General Manager Rod Cotton began his presentation by highlighting the Cooperative's community involvement including education and training for area schools and fire departments.
went on to say that the focus of Farmers' Electric Cooperative
, as it has always been, is to provide members with reliable and affordable electric power, in a safe manner.
reported that 2014 was a great year financially and operationally for the Cooperative with outstanding reliability and Member satisfaction numbers.
Members of Farmers' Electric Cooperative can expect to see their electric bills increase by approximately 3 percent starting in May, announced General Manager Rod Cotton.
"Our wholesale power provider informed us that they will charge us more for electricity in 2015
"Farmers' Electric Cooperative
is a not-for-profit electricity provider, so when the cost of power increases, we have to pass those higher costs along to our Members.
added that Farmers' Electric Cooperative
is committed to keeping electricity as affordable as possible.
Farmers' Electric Cooperative General Manager Rod Cotton announced that 6,143 comments have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the agency's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The comment period closed December 1.
These comments, combined with the 2,687 comments submitted by co-op Members opposing the previous rule regulating new power plants, total 8,830 total comments submitted.
"Our top priority is keeping electric bills affordable for our Members.
Unfortunately, the regulators in Washington, DC, didn't consider the impact this latest proposal will have on prices," Cotton
"Returning our margins to our Members is just one way electric cooperatives are different than any other utility," said Farmers' Electric Cooperative General Manager Rod Cotton.
appointed district rep
December 1, 2014
Rod Cotton, General Manager of Farmers' Electric Cooperative, was recently appointed as a district representative to
the Member and Public Relations Committee of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
(AMEC), Jefferson City.
is the service organization of the state's 47 electric cooperatives, which serve more than 560,000 rural consumers.
As a member of the Member and Public Relations Committee, Cotton will be concerned with activities developed to bring about an understanding of the rural electric program by the general public, electric cooperative members and employees.
"Cooperative membership is unique," says General Manager Rod Cotton.
"In the 1930s, rural America needed electricity just as much as anyone else," Cotton
General Manager Rod Cotton
Rod Cotton, who had been the Cooperative's Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, was promoted to the General Manager position on May 1 following a nationwide search.
Rod Cotton has been chosen to be the next General Manager.
I'm sure that he'll work hard for you and that the Cooperative will continue to prosper under his
You'll find more information on Rod
in this issue of Rural Missouri
Farmers' Electric Cooperative's new General Manager, Rod Cotton, will begin his duties May 1.
is not new to the cooperative world.
He has worked for Grundy Electric Cooperative, Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation and Green Hills Telephone Corporation over the years.
A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Cotton received a Bachelor of Science-Accounting degree.
He is a Certified Public Accountant and has completed the Cooperative Financial Professional Certificate Program and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's New CEO Orientation.
has been a valuable contributor to the Farmers' Electric Cooperative
team as Assistant General Manager/CFO.
experience and education provide him with extensive expertise in several areas, including: employee development, organizational management, managerial accounting, operating and capital budget creation, economic development and both debt and risk management.
is an Eagleville native but has lived in Trenton with his
wife Missie for 21 years.
Hobbies include coaching youth basketball and attending the sporting events of his
children, Cassidy and Connor.