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"No one likes to be without electricity for
even a minute. My job is to ensure each
piece functions so these power plants stay
on line."
- Joe Bader

for the electricity that powers their lives. "That inspires me
to do the best I can," Joe says. "No one likes to be without
electricity for even a minute. My job is to ensure every
piece functions so these power plants stay on line."

Why members benefit from a diverse supply
Wind and hydropower also are important parts of
Associated's generation mix. But there's a difference. They
only produce electricity when wind and water are plentiful
enough to make turbines spin. Generation from renewable
sources, like solar, typically don't match members' peak
use times - early in the morning on a winter day or late
in the day during the summertime. This mismatch is
why having a diverse power supply, with a foundation of
around-the-clock resources like coal and gas, is important.
Associated employees like Joe Bader go to work every day knowing
their efforts keep the power flowing for members.
Joe Bader, an Ozark Border Electric Cooperative
member, is one of many Associated employees tasked with
keeping plants running. Joe is a journeyman machinist/
mechanic at the New Madrid Power Plant. He works on
equipment that supports power production, including
turbines. His motto? "Keep the turbine turning so we can
keep the lights burning."
Joe says being a co-op member drives him to serve
diligently. He knows families like his depend on his work

New Madrid Power Plant - Coal

It's a balance
A balance of generation sources means the lights
will keep burning for members throughout Associated's
system. More than 700 employees like Joe work for
Associated at its power plants and headquarters in
Springfield. Each is a critical part of the power supply
picture, and each is devoted to ensuring you have
affordable, reliable electricity when you need it.
In next month's issue: Affordable electricity is important
to all members. We'll explore energy affordability and how
Associated works to keep costs low.

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