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C O M M E N T S "Devoted to the rural way of life" Clark to lead AMEC board January 2014 Volume 66 / Number 1 EPA regulations top co-op issues, new president says L arry Clark is one electric cooperative director who still can remember the day the lights came on. "It was April of 1952, and I was four years old," recalls Clark, a director for Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative. "I was old enough to remember what my mom and dad went through without it." Now the president of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Larry calls on his appreciation for the cooperative business model in leading the statewide organization for Missouri's 48 electric cooperatives. Though the land where Larry still lives and farms with his two sons was just a stone's throw from the city limits of Edina, the private power company that served the town wouldn't extend power down the road to the Clarks - unless they were willing to pay $1,500 for the line extension. photo by Jim McCarty In time, Lewis County Electric Lewis County Rural Electric Director Larry Clark, a farmer from Edina, is the new brought service without the hefty president of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. He cites proposed EPA charge. Larry's father bought a used regulations that could increase electric bills as the No. 1 issue electric co-ops face. electric milker, and the farm became much more productive. He also it is rather naive to think that coal is just going to sit there upgraded the Maytag wringer washer, replacing the appliand not be used elsewhere in the world. It will instead go ance's kickstart gas engine with an electric motor. into hands that will use it to put us at an economic disadLarry also can remember the time in 1972 - not long vantage." after he and his wife, Cleva, married - when the couple A devoted conservationist himself, Larry says he's proud struggled to pay their electric bill. "It was $17, and I looked of the environmental record of the state's electric cooperaat my wife and said, 'How in the world are we ever going tives, which includes more than $1 billion spent on emisto pay this?'" sion controls, buying the entire output of five wind farms While finances improved for the Clarks, Larry knows and investing millions into an energy-efficiency campaign there are families around the state who make similar tough that has reduced the need for enough electricity to power financial choices every month. That's why he promotes the 65,000 homes for a year during the life of the program. electric co-op effort that asks members to send messages to But, he says coal remains critical to the supply of affordthe Environmental Protection Agency urging them to supable and reliable electricity. "When people learn what's at port the continued use of coal to generate electricity. stake, they get interested," he says of the issue. "But unfor"We truly do have people on our system who have to tunately, I think people have the idea that it won't affect make the decision to buy food or pay their electric bills," them. The greatest thing I can say right now is sign one of he says. "The proposed EPA regulations would have a sigthose cards or send those emails. With your help, we will nificant impact on all of us." succeed on this issue." At stake is the low-cost generation fueled by coal that accounts for 80 percent of the electricity used by electric To speak out on the EPA issue, visit where co-op members in Missouri. you can send an email encouraging EPA to work with electric "This country has the largest coal reserves in the world," cooperatives on a common-sense solution that will protect elecClark says. "I just cannot understand why it is such a chaltric bills from steep hikes; or contact your electric co-op. lenge to use that great resource. Because if we don't use it, Newton joins Rural Missouri staff P Paul Newton 4 aul Newton recently joined the Rural Missouri staff as its new field editor. Paul is a 2008 graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., where he earned a degree in photojournalism. He comes to us from the Southern Illinoisan newspaper based in Carbondale, Ill. At the newspaper, he was a staff photographer and later served as the newspaper's director of visuals. Paul has journalism in his veins, having grown up in a family of newspaper publishers. His parents own the Galena Gazette in Galena, Ill. He worked at the family's weekly newspaper from 1999 to 2007, serving as a reporter, photographer and page designer. He's also served as a visiting faculty member at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's South of 64 Photo Workshop, where he led collaborative coaching sessions with photojournalism students. Please join us in welcoming Paul to the Rural Missouri team. He may be contacted at WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Paul Newton, field editor Megan Backes, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Angie Jones-Wheeler Dusty Weter Co-op page designers USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2014, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Call for reprint rights. Rural Missouri is published monthly by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2014

Rural Missouri - January 2014
Healing on horses
Gut instinct
Out of the Way Eats
For the birds
Missouri Snapshots
Hearth and Home
The company behind the meter
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - January 2014