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                            SHENANDOAH VALLEY

                            ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE                                                                  ROCKINGHAM


 At MillerCoors, It’s All About
 Product Quality and Responsibility
 by Cammie Tutwiler, SVEC Writer
                                                               illerCoors and its employees     community. While we strive to be the

                                                      M        work hard every day to
                                                               produce a quality product
                                                      with a minimum amount of waste,
                                                                                                best, our overriding priority is to ensure
                                                                                                our employees go home safe every day,”
                                                                                                Michtich said.
                                                      utilizing recycling and employing            From the time the beer starts as raw
                                                      conservation. The MillerCoors brew-       materials, including malted barley from
                                                      ery opened in the Shenandoah Valley       Colorado and Montana, hops from
                                                      in 1987, and in 2007 received a state-    Washington State, and water from a
                                                      of-the-art upgrade. The company           Rome Aquifer on site, until it’s into a
                                                      contributes in a positive way to the      can, bottle, or keg and placed into a
                                                      community, through donations and          truck, production time is 21 days, with a
                                                      the volunteer efforts of its employees.   majority of the time spent in brewing.
                                                                                                   The three brands mainly produced at
                                                      The Product                               the plant include Coors Light, Keystone
 Above: Eventually, the bottles/cans are put into
                                                         Two large beer-producing entities,     Light, and Extra Gold Lager, with ship-
 packaging and sent to the warehouse for ship-
                                                      SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing        ping points to mainly the northeastern
 ping. • Lower Right: Part of the beer’s production
                                                      Company, joined forces on July 1,         and mid-Atlantic United States.
 process includes time spent in a lauter tun
                                                      2008, to become MillerCoors.                 For the people at MillerCoors, it’s
 (background) and a kettle (front).
                                                         “Formerly, Miller and Coors            about product quality and responsibility.
                                                      competed against each other for              “We look at responsibility in a multi-
        SHENANDOAH VALLEY                             shelf space and market share. Now         tude of ways, not just responsibility
        ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE                          we are a stronger, more competitive       around having a great beer and being
                  P.O. Box 236                        organization poised to take on            responsible with consumption, but also
        147 Dinkel Avenue – Hwy. 257                  Anheiser Busch.                                                 by being responsible
        Mt. Crawford, VA 22841-0236                   For us, it’s                                                    community partners,”
            800-234-SVEC (7832)                       really about                                                    Michtich said.
       Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.             how do we
            Internet:                   grow the right                                                        The Community
                President & CEO                       way,” Plant                                                         In 2009, Miller-
                Myron D. Rummel                       Manager Amy J.                                                  Coors donated
                 Board Chairman                       Michtich said.                                                  more than $75,000
                James E. Zerkel II                       The Miller-                                                  from their charitable
                                                      Coors plant in                                                  giving program,
                Local Pages Editor
                J. Michael Aulgur                     Elkton runs 24                                                  which does not
                                                      hours a day,                                                    include their United
                    Writer                            seven days a week, producing 7.6          Way Campaign, said Plant Communica-
                 Cammie Tutwiler
                                                      million barrels, or 239,400,000           tions Manager Jennifer Richmond.
      For all questions concerning advertising,       gallons, of beer a year.                     “It’s not just about the money, it’s also
             contact Cooperative Living                  “We are one of the most modern         about our employees volunteering,”
                 at 804-346-3344.                     breweries in the world, but our values    Richmond said. “Our employees are
                                                      are rooted in our culture and our         extremely generous with their time and

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                                                                                                                                         PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLERCOORS
Above: SVEC board members recently
toured the MillerCoors facility in Elkton. •
Right, from top: MillerCoors opened in the
Shenandoah Valley in 1987. • An exten-
sive conveyor system moves the beer in the
packaging phase of the process. • Insets:
Bottles are produced at a rate of 1,300 a
minute. • Cans are produced at a rate of
more than 2,300 cans a minute.

can be found volunteering with agencies
across the region. They truly care about
our community.”
    She said that MillerCoors is also a
supporter of the education system in the
county and they work to balance their
interest in pursuing educational oppor-
tunities with the responsibility message.
    “We are actively aggressive about

                                                                                                                                         CAMMIE TUTWILER PHOTOS
alcohol responsibility with the commu-
nity,” Michtich said. “We have high
expectations and want our presence at
events, festivals and fairs to be associated
with responsibility.”
    In the area, MillerCoors supports
the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the
Massanutten Regional Library, the March
of Dimes, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the        Andy Pickerell, director of process              and changed — the makeup of the
American Cancer Society, and Rockingham        operations.                                      containers used to bring the beer’s initial
County Public Schools, to name a few. In           “We’ve been putting a lot of effort          raw ingredients to the plant so that it too
2009, more than 1,000 hours were spent         into recycling, anything we can recycle,         can be recycled. In addition, they work
in the community, Michtich said.               whether it’s plastics or oils ... we’re trying   with local farmers to distribute the left-
    “I think that’s one of the things we       to get into recyclable brew materials,” he       over grain product for cattle, and sell a
hear from our customers is they love           said. “We have an extremely small amount         lot of spent yeast to cat food producers.
partnering with the facility because of        that goes to landfill and we are working             As for the water that is 95 percent of
the connection with the community and          hard to get that down to zero. Our goal          the beer they produce, Pickerell said
... meeting the community’s needs. I           is to have nothing going to landfill             they are extremely sensitive to both the
think it’s really interesting that we have     whatsoever.”                                     water they use, and what they return to
so many community efforts that are                 The recycling effort has been hugely         the environment.
going on,” Michtich said.                      employee-driven, according to Pickerell.             “The waste treatment plant (on site)
    The employees at the facility are in-          “It’s been good because everybody            returns water back to the Shenandoah
volved not only in volunteer efforts for       participates, whether it be paper from           River, and it is actually cleaner than
the community, but in more far-reaching        the offices, ink cartridges from printing        drinking water,” he said.
endeavors as well.                             machines, to ink used on the lines for               Currently, there is a $10 million
                                               bottles and cans,” he said.                      environmental project underway at the
The Planet                                         Not only are they conscious of the           site, which is the construction of the
   Currently, 99 percent of product used       potential for recyclability in the facility’s    membrane bio-reactor for the waste water
at MillerCoors in Elkton is recycled, said     materials, but they also considered —            treatment plant. This system will reduce

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 nutrients in the plant’s discharge tenfold.
    During 2009, the Shenandoah brew-                                                                                                                      MILLERCOORS STATISTICS
 ery reduced water consumption per
 barrel by 18 percent.                                                                                                                                     — About 450 employees, and
    “We’re working very hard to try and                                                                                                                      ranked the eighth-largest
 minimize the amount of water we use                                                                                                                         employer in Rockingham
 per barrel of beer we produce,” he said.                                                                                                                    County
    From the plant in Elkton to the
 planet Earth, MillerCoors is working to                                                                                                                   — Pays $42 million in wages,
 produce a quality product, without a                                                                                                                        salaries, and fringe benefits
 quantity of waste, while giving back to                                                                In 2009, MillerCoors spent 1,000 hours in
 the community that surrounds it.                                                                       the community.
                                                                                                                                                           — By using local vendors and
     ENERGY-REDUCTION INITIATIVES AT MILLERCOORS                                                                                                             suppliers whenever possible,
                                                                                                                                                             have pumped more than $359
     1) The company keeps an eye on its energy consumption with intelligent meter-
        ing, which MillerCoors worked with SVEC to have installed at its substation.                                                                         million into the local economy in
                                                                                                                                                             2007 through purchased goods
     2) MillerCoors joined the old and new ammonia refrigeration systems together
                                                                                                                                                             and services
        to take advantage of the more efficient compressors and load management
        inherent in the new system.                                                                                                                        — Real estate and personal
     3) MillerCoors collected carbon dioxide compressor cooling water (used to go to                                                                         property taxes were $5 million
        drain) to vaporize liquid carbon dioxide back into gas instead of using direct                                                                       in 2008, making MillerCoors the
        steam in the vaporizer.                                                                                                                              largest taxpayer in Rockingham
     4) MillerCoors reduced the amount of steam used in the brewing process with                                                                             County
        very efficient external wort boilers.
                                                                                                                                                           — 175 to 200 trucks leave the
     5) Water-reduction projects have allowed the company to turn off one of its
        large well pumps.                                                                                                                                    MillerCoors facility daily

 SVEC Works Together for Timely Restoration of Power
 by Cammie Tutwiler, SVEC Writer                                                                                 wintry blast of snow and mixed precipitation blanketed the Shenandoah Valley
                                                                                                                 Electric Cooperative service area the first weekend in February, dropping between
                                                                                                                 19 and 30 inches on the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, and Shenandoah in
                                                                                                        Virginia and Hardy in West Virginia, weighing on trees and power lines.

                                                                                                            The precipitation started Friday morning as a heavy, wet snow and continued through
                                                                                                        Saturday evening, becoming lighter and fluffier as the storm progressed.
                                                                                                            SVEC experienced the most outages caused by the storm at about noon Saturday, when
                                                                                                        approximately 9,500 members were without power, scattered across the four-county service
                                                                                                        area. Overall, the northern portion of the service area was hit the hardest. By Monday morn-
                                                                                                        ing, nearly all power was restored to the member/owners.
                                                                                                            “The heavy, wet snow and significant accumulations built up on lines and trees, caused
                                                                                                        them to collapse under the weight of the snow, and led to the damage of Co-op facilities,”
                                                                                                        Vice President of Engineering and Operations John Coffey said.
                                                                                                            Throughout the day Saturday, the snow kept falling, and temperatures remained uncom-
                                                                                                        fortable, but SVEC crews kept working to restore power.
                                                                                                            “By far the biggest challenge was accessing areas,” SVEC President & CEO Myron
                                                                                                        Rummel said. “Saturday, because the snow was still falling, visibility was limited. Normally
                                                                                                        our crews can look down the right of way and see where the problem is; this time you could-
                                                                                                        n’t, and the guys had to walk in very deep snow.”
                                                                                                            Ed Eudy, lead lineman at the Shenandoah County district, said the heaviness of the snow
                                                                                                        made for difficult walking.
                                                                                                            “The conditions were terrible; we couldn’t get trucks around and snow was up over your
 The heavy, wet snow laid on poles, trees                                                               knees. That made it twice as bad,” he said.
 and lines, causing outages.                                                                                Eudy said they sometimes came upon roads that had not been plowed.

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Crews battled tough conditions to
restore power after the Feb. 5
storm, including deep snow and
treacherous roads. They worked
around the clock to restore power.

     “You had to walk, and some-
times walk where you could
usually take a truck. You’d go
check the line, then have to
walk back to the truck for
materials and tools,” he said.
     Eudy described this particular
kind of snow as the most aggravating,
because of its weight.
     “Because it was a wet snow, we had            tance, and arrange for room and board of        from member/owners geographically. The
limited access to get our equipment where it       these additional people who came to help,       IMS can then help to predict where possible
needed to be. Usually with wet snow it’s 4-6       so that when they come in out of the cold,      problems may exist on the power lines. This
inches and you can handle it. This one was a       they have a hot meal and a place to rest.       creates a much smaller area in which to
little different because of the depth,” he said.       The consumer service representatives, or    search for the problem, helping to speed up
     All SVEC staff worked to restore power,       CSRs, work closely with members around          the restoration process.
and they added 80 more people to their             the clock to answer questions they may have         Coffey said that timely restoration of
workforce with contractors from out of             and give them what information is available     power is a result of everyone working
town and help from Edgecombe-Martin                regarding the outage. One tool that helps the   together at SVEC, from the people working
County EMC in North Carolina and BARC              Cooperative during outages is the Interac-      on vehicles, to employees guiding crews and
Electric Cooperative in Virginia.                  tive Voice Response (IVR) system. It is an      addressing accessibility issues, to those taking
     “There’s a pretty massive coordinated         automated phone system that handles con-        care of material management and making
effort that goes on within districts to organ-     sumers’ phone calls. The IVR can process        sure crews had what they needed, to the
ize work so that it can be dispatched in the       many calls at once and has a streamlined        consumer service representatives who process
best way to restore service as quickly as          procedure for consumers to enter informa-       the outage reports received from the members,
possible,” Coffey said.                            tion. The IVR is tied to SVEC’s Incident        to clearing the parking lots so that people
     Managers work to secure crews for assis-      Management System (IMS) that groups calls       could get into the offices, and even shuttling
                                                                                                   others in who couldn’t get to the offices. Even
                                                                                                   SVEC member/owners helped in restoration
Before the event:                                                                                  efforts by providing the use of heavy equip-
    When there is a possibility of a storm-related outage, it is best to plan ahead. To make       ment and snow plows, allowing crews to
sure you and your family have the necessities for an outage, SVEC advises that you prepare         gain access into otherwise inaccessible areas.
a home outage kit. Good items to include are: flashlights and extra batteries; a battery-oper-         “The speed to which safe restoration is
ated radio; candles, lanterns and matches; an alternate source of heat; canned or packaged         completed is the result of the hard work and
foods, powdered milk and beverages, dry cereal; water (one gallon per person per day for           dedication of the committed employees at
drinking; fill bathtub and other containers for flushing toilets and other needs); non-electric    SVEC,” Rummel said. “Not only do they
can opener; disposable plates and utensils; camp stove or other emergency cooking device;          come in to work, but they work under
extra blankets or sleeping bags; fire extinguisher; first-aid kit; and, if needed, extra baby      extreme conditions. We are proud of the fact
food, formula, diapers.                                                                            they have the best interests of the members
    And, it is a good idea to make sure that your cell phone, if you have one, is completely       in mind and work hard trying to restore
charged, in the event of an outage.                                                                service safely, and as soon as possible.”
                                                                                                       He said that the SVEC team will normally
Immediately after losing power:                                                                    work to restore power until you send them
   In the event that you lose power and you are an SVEC member, call SVEC at 1-800-                home, or the job is done, whichever comes
234-7832, even if you think your neighbor may have called. It is more effective for SVEC to        first.
know where all outages are.                                                                            “I can’t say enough about the work that
   Unplug or turn off all electric items that were on. This will help from a power-reliability     our team accomplished in the amount of
standpoint once the power is restored.                                                             time between when the storm started and
   Turn back your thermostat, and turn it up slowly once the power is restored.                    ended,” Rummel said. “We have received
At any time:                                                                                       many comments from consumers express-
   Do not make any attempts to clear trees or other debris from power lines. Note                  ing their appreciation for the efforts put
the location, and any other important information regarding these situations, and contact          forth in the terrible weather, and how hard
SVEC. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will work to ensure that power is restored as         our guys worked to restore their service,
soon as possible. Avoid contact with downed power lines.                                           knowing that people needed it.”

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           Turner Ham House/Fulks Run Grocery —
                Much More Than a Ham Store
 by Cammie Tutwiler, SVEC Writer                   Then, in 1969 Garnett sold the store                                            Over the years, the store changed yet
                                               to his brother, Miles, and sister-in-law,                                       again when larger stores started coming

          ne year in the late 1950s, Garnett   Marcella. Garnett continued to cure the                                         into the area. Ron and his wife, Peggie,
          Turner cured 25 hams at what is      hams, and worked in real estate sales.                                          took over the store, and while they were
          now Turner Ham House/Fulks               “When Dad and Miles ran the store,                                          in transition over the course of about a
 Run Grocery. Today, his son Ron Turner        it was a true country store, with a full                                        year, they noticed that groceries were
 estimates that they sell approximately        stock of groceries, fresh vegetables and                                        not moving.
 8,000-10,000 hams a year. What used to        meats,” Ron said.                                                                   “We needed to gear our store toward
 be a small grocery store with 50-pound            He said that when it was first built,                                       the clientele,” Ron said. “For people
 bags of Robin Hood flour stacked three        the store was about a fourth of the size                                        coming in to buy the hams, we tried to
 to four feet high is now a store that         that it is now, and described how his                                           stay as local as possible, with Virginia
                                                   mom, from behind a counter, would                                           Made products and West Virginia
                                                   pick things off of a shelf behind her                                       products.”
                                                   for customers.                                                                  Then, a couple of years ago, they
                                                       “Later on, they built an addition;                                      started a kitchen aisle, that included
                                                   in 1963 they built the store as it is                                       Polish Pottery, which has been one of
                                                   now, and were one of the first stores                                       their biggest sellers. A section of the
                                                   in the area to have grocery carts,”                                         store features genealogy information and
                                                   Ron said.                                                                   books, of which Ron’s mother and sister
                                                                                                                               are involved in compiling. The hams,
                                                                                                                               though, remain a big draw.
                                                                                                                                   “It’s really crazy around the holidays
                                                                                        PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TURNER FAMILY
                                                                                                                               — Thanksgiving is the second busiest —
                                                                                                                               and after Thanksgiving, the phone
     From top: Current owner Ron Turner’s                                                                                      orders start. We try to space out the
     parents, Garnett and Lena Turner,                                                                                         orders,” Ron said. The store has four
     who started the store. • Garnett                                                                                          full-time employees, and adds two to
     receiving a check from a salesman                                                                                         three more on shipping days.
     (he won an essay contest about how                                                                                            To cure the hams, they use the same
     he sells the most “Fab” brand soap).                                                                                      recipe that Ron’s great-grandfather used.
     • Owners of the Turner Ham House,                                                                                             “Ones that we start in January are
     Peggie and Ron Turner.

 features Virginia’s Finest products,
 Burt’s Bees, Polish Pottery, and other
 items that might be found in “Grand-
 mother’s kitchen.”
     Ron Turner says that his dad,
 Garnett, cured those first 25 hams like
 they did on the farm growing up. Peo-
 ple kept asking for the hams, and after
 selling out the first year, Garnett cured
 50 the next year, and then 300 the
 next year — only to keep increasing in
 large increments from those humble
                                                                                                                                                                       CAMMIE TUTWILER PHOTOS

     “In 1966 they built a ham house
 (in a separate building) behind the
 store, that allowed him to cure 2,000
 hams,” Ron said. “In 1969 they built
 an addition to the house and could
 cure 8,000 hams.”

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ready in May, so it takes roughly five
months (to cure a ham),” Ron said.
“It’s a time commitment, and is labor-
    Being a family-owned business has
overall been good, Ron said.
    “It’s good because of the flexibility;
our kids are involved in sports, and
likewise with other employees. We can
accommodate with flexibility,” he said.
“When the kids were little, they got off
the school bus here.”                               Above: Ron said he tries to keep local
    For more than 40 years now, the                 things in the store, including items
family involvement at Turner Hams has               from Virginia and West Virginia. •
continued.                                          Right: Polish Pottery has been one of
    “Customers still come in that came in           their biggest sellers.
when Garnett was here,” Ron said.

New Transmission Line Helps Maintain Reliable Service

Story and photos by Cammie Tutwiler, SVEC Writer                           n the summer of 2006, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
                                                                           learned that a new transmission line would be needed to serve
                                                                           members in the Clover Hill, Dayton, Montezuma, and areas just
                                                                     east of Harrisonburg.
                                                                          “This new line simply replaces an existing service,” said Manager of
                                                                     System Engineering Jason Burch. “It will serve the same people that the
                                                                     old line served.”
                                                                          The existing line, which has two sets of conductors, is Dominion
                                                                     Virginia Power’s (DVP). Until recently, DVP had used the 230-kilovolt
                                                                     conductor side, and SVEC had used the 115-kilovolt conductor side.
                                                                     The regional transmission organization, PJM, which ensures the integrity
                                                                     of the transmission lines for the mid-Atlantic region, notified DVP that
                                                                     the 115-kilovolt circuit needed to be converted to 230-kilovolt.
                                                                          “The conversion need for DVP left SVEC without a 115-kilovolt
                                                                     source, and we had to choose whether to convert to 230-kilovolts or
                                                                     provide our own transmission line to serve our substations,” Burch
                                                                     said. “We laid out all the possible options to solve the initial problem.
                                                                     Next, we performed the feasibility study and cost analysis to determine
                                                                     the best solution.”
                                                                          Following the early steps of the process, several possible alternatives
                                                                     were considered. After careful consideration, the idea that met criteria
                                                                     for cost and operations concerns was chosen. The chosen route utilized
                                                                     an existing distribution right of way as much as possible.
                                                                          SVEC and Harrisonburg Electric Commission worked together by
                                                                     sharing poles at certain places in the line on Ramblewood Road.
                                                                          “By our two utilities jointly designing portions of the line, we were
                                                                     able to gain construction efficiencies, plan for future needs, and mini-
                                                                     mize the impact to properties,” Burch said.
                                                                          Finally, right-of-way easements were procured and landowner input
                                                                     for routing of the line was considered.
                                                                          After construction and energizing of the line, the entire project is
                                                                     scheduled for completion in summer of 2010.
                                                                          “It’s a long, involved process, but it’s part of our job to make sure we
                                                                     bring SVEC member/owners reliable and safe electric service at the
From top: Lines cross a field on the way to the SVEC Dayton          lowest possible cost,” Burch said. “When projects come along like this,
substation. • The tallest pole in this picture is shared by SVEC     it’s up to us to make sure we consider every angle to bring members the
and HEC.                                                             best value for their money.”

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               Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
              Leaders Visit State Legislators in Richmond

          n Jan. 25, members of the board       to meet with all of our local legislators to   Virginia’s 13 not-for-profit, member-
          of directors and management           discuss issues relevant to our member/         owned cooperatives, plus government
          staff of Shenandoah Valley Elec-      owners,” Rummel said. “Our local               officials, state legislators and their staffs,
 tric Cooperative attended the Virginia,        legislators have always been receptive         and other guests.
 Maryland & Delaware Association of             to our issues. We thank them for their             Shenandoah Valley Electric Coopera-
 Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC)                support. By and large, it was a produc-        tive board members and staff were
 Legislative Day in Richmond.                   tive day.”                                     briefed on state and national legislative
     Those attending from Shenandoah               Rummel noted that the SVEC group            issues, including energy-efficiency and
 Valley Electric Cooperative were board         met with Sens. Emmett Hanger and               conservation, climate change, meeting
 members Stephen W. Burkholder, Larry           Mark Obenshain, in addition to Reps.           the growing demand for energy, and the
 E. Garber, Larry C. Howdyshell, and            Matt Lohr, Todd Gilbert, Dickie Bell, Ben      need to keep electricity affordable to
 Gerald A. Heatwole, as well as President       Cline, and Steve Landes.                       help create jobs and to avoid further
 & CEO Myron D. Rummel and Manager                 More than 300 persons attended              hardship on consumers already strug-
 of External Affairs J. Michael Aulgur.         electric cooperative legislative day           gling in the midst of the economic
     “We were fortunate enough to be able       activities, including leaders from all of      downturn.

                        SVEC to Receive Wind-Powered Energy
       henandoah Valley Electric Cooper-        will receive 50 percent of the electricity        Rummel and SVEC Board Chairman
       ative (SVEC) customers will soon         generated. AES Wind Generation devel-          James E. Zerkel II serve as members of
       be using greener energy since            oped, owns and operates the wind farm          the board of directors for Old Dominion
 SVEC’s power supplier, Old Dominion            that is comprised of 67 wind turbines.         Electric Cooperative. In July 2008,
 Electric Cooperative (ODEC), and AES           The 101-megawatt (MW) wind farm is             ODEC signed a 15-year power-purchase
 Wind Generation are starting a commer-         located in the Pennsylvania counties of        agreement with AES Wind Generation
 cial operation of the Armenia Mountain         Bradford and Tioga in the north-central        for 50 percent of the output of its then-
 Wind Farm in Pennsylvania. ODEC, the           region of the Keystone State.                  planned Armenia Mountain Wind Farm
 primary power provider for SVEC and                “SVEC is excited that ODEC has             project. A separate agreement for 50
 10 other electric distribution cooperatives,   provided us the opportunity to meet a          percent of the energy output from the
                                                portion of the energy needs of our             wind farm was signed by Newark, Del.-
                                                members with electricity from the              based Delmarva Power. AES Wind
                                                Armenia Mountain Wind Project,” says           Generation was chosen as one of the
                                                Myron Rummel, SVEC president &                 winning bidders following a request for
                                                CEO. “Utilitizing a source that has            proposals from wind-generated power
                                                minimal environmental impact, while            providers issued in early 2008.
                                                remaining a sound economic choice,                ODEC owns 11.6 percent of the
                                                is an option that Shenandoah Valley            North Anna Nuclear Power Station in
                                                Electric Cooperative is proud to have          Louisa County, and 50 percent of the
                                                for our member/owners.”                        Clover Power Station in Halifax County.
                                                    In addition to its contract with AES       The cooperative also owns and operates
                                                Wind Power for 50 percent of the output        generation facilities in Louisa County
                                                from the Armenia Mountain Wind                 and Fauquier County, and owns 50
                                                Farm, ODEC’s portfolio of renewable-           percent of the Rock Springs Generation
                                                generation resources also includes             Facility in Cecil County, Md. For more
                                                100 percent of the power generated             information, visit
                                                from a landfill gas-to-energy project in          Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
                                                Worcester County, Md., and a hydroelec-        (ODEC) and its member systems are
                                                tric project in Bath County. ODEC has          owned by the consumer-members they
                                                also signed a long-term agreement to           serve and are not-for-profit electric
                                                purchase the 70 MW of energy projected         cooperatives. ODEC is the power
                                                to be produced by the Constellation            provider for nine Virginia co-ops and
 The Armenia Mountain Wind Farm is              Energy Criterion Wind Power Project to         one each in both Delaware and
 located in Pennsylvania.                       be built in Garrett County, Md.                Maryland.

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  Meet the Employees                                    December SVEC                            SVEC Office Closing
                                                        Major Outages
         ur employees live in the
                                                                                               Shenandoah Valley Electric
         communities we serve, and they
         take their responsibility to            DEC. 5
                                                                                               Cooperative offices
provide you with the very best in
                                                 Entire SVEC area                              will be closed on
customer service seriously. They are
your Cooperative’s most valuable asset,          Scattered outages all day due                 Friday, April 2, in
committed to making you proud to be a            to heavy snow                                 observance of
member/owner of Shenandoah Valley                                                              Good Friday.
Electric Cooperative.

                   Name: Julie Fix

                                               2010 Nominating Committee Selected
                   Job: Applications
                   Specialist, IT Department
                   District: Headquarters

                                                        he Board of Directors of Shenan-        Potential candidates for the nine-
                   Time worked at SVEC:                 doah Valley Electric Cooperative     member Board must be members of
                   8 years                              has selected its Nominating Com-     SVEC and bona fide residents of its
                                               mittee for the 2010 Annual Membership         service area. The Cooperative’s bylaws
What do you like best about your job?
                                               Meeting. It is the duty of this committee     say that candidates must be at least 21
The best part of my job is helping others
                                               to select candidates for the election of      years of age and may not, in any way, be
with computer problems and working
with great people.                             directors to be held during the business      employed by a competing enterprise or a
                                               portion of the Annual Meeting.                business selling electric energy or
Community service: Youth Sunday school             During the 2010 meeting members of        supplies to the Cooperative.
teacher and advisor at Mt. Pleasant Church     SVEC will elect three directors; two from        The only other method for putting an
of the Brethren, Relay for Life.               Augusta County, and one from Rocking-         individual up for election, other than
Hobbies: Photography, computers and            ham County.                                   through the Nominating Committee, is
reading.                                           The incumbents from Augusta County        by petition. Section 4 of Article IV of the
Family: Husband, Alan; children, Monica,       are Joyce R. Craun, who lives in Mount        Shenandoah Valley Electric Bylaws states
age 20 and Gregory, age 14.                    Solon, Va., and Larry C. Howdyshell,          that any “one hundred (100) or more
                                               who also lives in Mount Solon, Va. The        members acting together may make other
Quote: “Trust in the LORD with all your        incumbent for Rockingham County, Va.,         nominations by petition ...” This petition
heart and lean not on your own under-          is Stephen W. Burkholder, who resides in      must be received at least 10 working
standing.” Proverbs 3:5                        Broadway, Va.                                 days before the Annual Meeting for a
                                                   If you, as a member of the Cooperative,   name to be placed on the official ballot.
                   Name: Josh Blackburn        know someone you feel should be a                Remember, this is YOUR electric
                   Job: First Class Lineman    candidate for the SVEC Board of Directors,    cooperative, so take an active role, and
                                               contact one of the Nominating Committee       be sure to attend the 2010 Annual
                   District: Augusta
                                               members in your county. Listed below          Membership Meeting, June 10 at the
                   Time worked at SVEC:        are the members of this committee             James Madison University Convocation
                   6 years                     and their addresses.                          Center.

What do you like best about your job?
Seeing smiles on consumers’ faces when           Augusta County
you restore their power after an outage.
                                                 Name                   Address
And the guys I work with.
Community service: We have a food drive          Richard H. Black 4417 Spring Hill Rd., Mount Solon, VA 22843
in my neighborhood for the church in the         Paul E. Hill          34 Hermitage Est. Rd., Waynesboro, VA 22980
works once it warms up.
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, and playing golf      Rockingham County
Favorite food: Fiancee’s meatloaf and            Name                  Address
mashed potatoes.
                                                 Dennis L. Cupp        7422 Community Center Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812
Family: Fiancee Tabatha, 4-month-old
daughter Layla-Beth.                             Craig J. Bailey       4498 Greenmount Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Quote: Pick up on your blocks!

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