PBEC is guided by an elected board of directors who  represent its members’ best interest when making policy decisions. Board issues include rates, rights of way  and work plans. Board directors serve three-year terms and attend monthly  meetings. Director terms expire each year in June and members elect directors to  represent them and their district on the co-op board in May. See Policy BD-17 Guidelines for Director Election Process.

Co-op  members of the co-op have the opportunity to 
run for an open seat on the  board or vote for a director to  represent you and your district via mail ballot each May.

Polk-Burnett board election: 
A mail-ballot election is held each May to elect district directors. Your director resides in your district and represents you. He or she serves a three-year term, which expires in June.

Application process: 
According to the bylaws, all eligible  candidates will appear on the ballot; candidates will not be screened or limited  by a screening committee. All candidates who apply for the co-op election will  be required to present a petition with at least 10 member signatures to  demonstrate support for his or her place on the ballot.  Election applications  and petitions are due in early March for the May election.

For more information about the  Polk-Burnett board election, contact the general
manager’s office,  800-421-0283.

PBEC takes serious the democratic principles that are supposed to be the bedrock of the cooperative movement.  As stated on their web site, “A cooperative business belongs  to members, the people who use its products and
services” and “co-ops  are owned and  democratically controlled by their members”.

PBEC Members can be proud that 2014 is the  first year their members can vote online or by mail ballot. Way to go PBEC for making it as easy as possible for members to cast their votes.

Kudos to PBEC for encouraging member-owned renewable energy systems. Policy No. M-32 Cogeneration of Electricity – 40 kilowatts or less, clearly encourages member-owned renewable energy systems.