2019 Annual Meeting
Approximately 500 people – including 294 members and their friends and neighbors – came together on a spring day at the Greybull High School Gym which had been decorated with a patriotic theme of red, white and blue.
The business meeting began promptly at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by President Tom Delaney. The crowd was lead in the Pledge of Allegiance by all Veterans in attendance. Brenna Brost of Byron sang the National Anthem.
The membership approved the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes as mailed to the membership and also as provided at the meeting and posted at the meeting.
General Manager Jeff Umphlett, Treasurer Don Russell and Shawn Taylor, Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association, and shared their reports in a printed brochure at each place setting.
President Tom Delaney addressed the crowd, as this was his last meeting as a Big Horn REA board member. Delaney shared comparisons of several areas of change from when he joined the board in 1994 and current. He also praised the employees and manager for the good job they do and the dedication to a safe work place.
Georgia Hunt of the Nominating Committee placed the names of Jan Barnett, Steve Helburn and Dan VanderPloeg in nomination for the three year term in District 2 – Greybull/Shell area and John Joyce in nomination for the three year term in District 3 - Ten Sleep/Hyattville area. President Delaney then turned the meeting over to Company Attorney Hank Bailey. Attorney Bailey asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none. Attorney Bailey asked for a motion to dispense with voting and cast a unanimous ballot for District 3. A motion and second were heard and motion carried. Attorney Bailey then directed the membership to cast their ballots for District 2. The Credentials & Election Committee collected the ballots
Barry Ingold, Senior VP/Generation of Tri-State Generation & Transmission, spoke about the mix of resources Tri-State now uses - including renewables, the fact that the price of renewables is falling, the fact that G & T's purpose it to mitigate risk for its members, Tri-State has added 260 MW of capacity, and in 2018 added $95 million in capital additions. This is the second year that Tri-State has not passed on a rate increase to their members, and none is anticipated in 2020. Ingold also spoke of the risk of large load members changing to self-generation. He also spoke of Tri-State's investment in cyber security to protect the grid and that Tri-State has hired a new CEO. Ingold then answered several questions posed by the members.
A TV donated by Tri-State G & T was drawn for and won by Jamie Flitner of Shell. Grand Prize of a $500 bill credit was won by Rod Short of Powell.