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We’d like to invite you to join us on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. for 2021 Trico Annual Meeting: Zoom Edition!
This online meeting will feature updates on the Cooperative from the Trico Board of Directors. At the Annual Meeting, we will also announce the results of the election of Directors in Districts 1, 2 and 5. Click here for information about the candidates running for the board and instructions on how to vote. In order to be counted, your votes must be received by April 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. All Members who vote will be entered into a raﬀle for prizes and the winners will be announced after the April 24th meeting. The prizes will include iPads, gift cards and bill credits.
There will be a separate raffle for all Members in attendance at the Annual Meeting. If you vote and attend the Annual Meeting, you will be eligible for both raffles. During the online event on April 24th, make sure you listen for the raffle code word to win prizes.
Here’s what you need to make the most of your online experience. You’ll need the following equipment to participate in the virtual meeting:
A computer or tablet
A broadband internet connection
A telephone in the event your computer sound does not work
For the best experience, we recommend using the Google Chrome web browser
Instructions for joining the meeting
Trico will conduct the Annual Meeting by video conference on April 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. It will be a business meeting only, with presentations intended to inform Members about the performance and condition of Trico.
After 12 years at Trico, CEO/General Manager Vin Nitido retired on March 1, 2021. Trico’s employees thanked Vin and congratulated him on his retirement at a drive-through retirement send-off organized by the staff.
Vin said that “being part of the Trico family was the highlight of my career, and the best interest of Trico Members has been at the core of every action we have taken.” He plans to spend retirement enjoying time with his family and friends, and fishing in Oregon.
“Vin was committed to cooperative values and worked tirelessly to provide Trico’s Members with reliable, safe and affordable power. He was an extremely effective manager while being smooth, professional and a good human being” said Larry Hinchliffe, President of Trico’s Board of Directors, “He always made time for Members and employees. We wish him the best in his retirement and will miss his leadership and dedication.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Round Up (ORU) at Trico. The program gives Members the option of having their bills rounded up to the nearest dollar every month with the funds going to the Trico Electric Charitable Trust, a non‑profit organization that helps Trico Members, schools and organizations that serve Trico Members. Through your generosity, the Trust has donated over $900,000 since 1996.
In 2020, more than 5,000 Members contributed $34,000 to ORU. Your contributions fund a variety of worthy causes throughout our service area. Past donations include food banks, fire departments, schools, youth groups, veteran’s groups and more.
Why contribute to ORU?
All donations stay local
Average donation of $6 a year
More than $900,000 donated since 1996
How can you contribute?
Round up your bill to the nearest dollar.
Have a small amount added to your bill. It can be just $1 or $2 a month.
Make an annual one-time contribution of any amount. All gifts are welcome.
No matter which option you choose, your gift is tax deductible. If you wish to participate, click here.
Palmetto Electric Cooperative in South Carolina was the first co-op to introduce Operation Round Up to its Members. Since then, the program has grown into a nationwide program with more than 250 co-ops. All that spare change has added up to several hundred million dollars in assistance to charitable causes around the country.
The area served by the Valencia Substation has seen explosive growth. Engineering Manager Gary Kelly said that growth, both in the residential and commercial sector, meant that Trico needed a transformer with more capacity that will provide reliable service for the load for years to come.
“This is our most heavily-loaded substation in our system and is probably the fastest‑growing area or one of the top two fastest-growing areas; our load is growing with lots of new residential growth and we also serve one of our largest Members out of this substation, which is the Casino del Sol,” Kelly said.
On November 16, 2020, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) replaced the 20 Mega Volt Amperes (MVA) transformer at the Valencia Substation with a 50 MVA transformer. The old 20 MVA transformer will be moved to the Three Points Substation, where there will now be two transformers.
The Valencia Substation is jointly owned and operated by AEPCO and Trico. AEPCO’s transmission/substation engineering department performed design work and supervised the construction to replace the transformer and coordinated the move of the older unit as well as installation at the Three Points Substation.
Everyone involved in the changeout said the partnership between AEPCO and Trico has helped make the transition seamless.
“We work very closely with AEPCO, our guys, our crews, both the engineering and the field crews work together; this is a jointly‑engineered substation,” Kelly said. “We’re working on it together.”
Southwest Industrial Rigging provided the heavy-lift crane and the crew to move the transformers.
Geoff Oldfather of AEPCO contributed to this story.
We are always looking for ways to add value to your membership and connect you to your community. With the Co-op Connections Card, our free member benefit program, you can save money on items you purchase every day. In 2020, Trico Members saved more than $3,500.
Co-op Connections offers valuable savings on prescriptions, dental, vision, hearing, diabetic supplies, lab testing, chiropractic services, and MRI and CT scans. Does your child need braces? Save 20 to 40 percent on dental services. You can also save an average of 50 percent on prescriptions.
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Download the free app to start saving
Go beyond the card by downloading the free Co-op Connections App and never miss out on savings. The Co-op Connections App is a great way to find deals in your neighborhood and while traveling. You also get a digital card that you can show at local merchants and the pharmacy when filling a prescription. You can also earn up to 20 percent cash back when you shop at over 2,000 online retailers.
Interest in renewable energy sources is at an all-time high, and Trico is ready to help our Members understand the factors to think about when considering solar.
Over the last few months Trico has seen a record number of applications to install residential solar systems. We are committed to helping and supporting our Members throughout this process. It is important for Members considering solar to fully understand the costs, the operational requirements and what they can expect in actual energy cost savings. To help determine whether rooftop solar is right for you, here are some questions to ask and issues to consider.
Before signing any agreement, you should take the time to read the fine print thoroughly, request responses back in writing and ask questions.
Some questions you may want to ask:
How much will this system cost over the life of the lease or purchase? Are there any interest or fees to be paid? What are total number of payments and due dates?
Who has the tax obligations, including the increase in property values?
Are there any eligible tax incentives and rebates? Who will be getting them?
Can the warranty or maintenance obligations be sold or transferred? If so, how?
Who do I contact in the event of a system malfunction?
What happens if I sell my home? What happens to the lease?
What statistics are you using for the projection of future electric rates?
What is the minimum performance guarantee for the system?
Will I be compensated if the system does not produce as much power as promised?
What are my fixed monthly fees to the utility?
Before agreeing to install a PV system at your home, you should review all the requirements of Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 44-1761 through 44-1764. Trico requires all solar Interconnection Applications to be complaint with those requirements.
If you are considering investing in solar panels, make sure you know the facts. Visit the Member Installed Solar page of our website or call us at (520) 744-2944 to learn more.