CEO’s Message — April 2019

Posted: April 1, 2019

Rely on us

CEO Michael S. McWaters

As an electricity provider, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative understands that reliability is central to everything we do. That goes back to our earliest days when the people of this community pulled together to create an electric system as a reliable partner for growth.

Since then, we have made improvements to our system to ensure that each member can count on reliable electric service. After all, what good is electric power if we can’t depend on it to be there when we turn on the computers we need to do our jobs or the lights that push back the dark at night?

At SVEC, we’re proud to have a system our members can count on. But we also understand that the more reliable our electric service is, the more disrupting it can be on the occasions when it fails.

That’s why we never stop working on improvements aimed at making your service more reliable. In our April newsletter, we take a closer look at a few of the improvements our engineering and operations departments have made in the last few years.

Installation of automated restoration equipment across SVEC’s system represents one of the biggest changes. This technology makes it possible to restore power to large numbers of members within minutes of an outage.

While we have used automated restoration technology for more than 15 years, we’ve made a push in the last three years to expand its presence throughout more of SVEC’s service area.

You can also learn about efforts like reducing the time between tree-trimming cycles, relocating troublesome power lines and using drone technology to better identify poles that need to be replaced — all of which help us make your service more reliable.

As a cooperative, it is also part of our mission to be a reliable partner in the community. So this year, SVEC hosted its second annual Suwannee Valley Cornhole Tournament to raise funds for our local United Way and the agencies it supports.

While the cornhole tournament has become SVEC’s own largest fundraiser, we also sponsor and participate in numerous events throughout the year that benefit the residents of our counties and a large number of community-focused organizations. We’re honored to work on behalf of our members to make the quality of life a little better for many in our area.

As always, it is a privilege to be able to serve you.

Michael S. McWaters
Executive V.P./CEO