AN INTERVIEW WITH DARRICK MOE
Darrick Moe, MREA President and CEO was interviewed on KRWC 1360 AM radio on Feb. 18, 2016, from Lantto’s store, owned by Chris Lantto, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Director. Darrick discusses MREA, rural electric cooperatives in Minnesota, and a few of the issues we are currently facing. Select this link to listen to the interview.
Governance of The MInnesota Rural Electric Association
MREA is governed by a board of 14 directors who represent seven Minnesota districts. Select the following link to review the association Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.
MREA’s Government Affairs Department represents the legislative and regulatory interests of Minnesota’s electric cooperatives before the state legislature and state agencies. Our government affairs staff cooperates and coordinates with member cooperatives to maintain a unity of message to the legislature. The department also works with the MREA general manager to address Congressional and federal executive agency issues.
The primary responsibility of this department is to ensure that legislation and regulations will not adversely affect our members’ ability to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to the more than 1.7 million consumers currently served by Minnesota electric cooperatives. Our staff and membership educate lawmakers about electric co-ops, monitor legislation that affects our members, and influence legislation when necessary. MREA has also developed a grassroots organization to strengthen its effectiveness by educating and involving co-op members.
Safety & Loss Control SERVICES
MREA empowers the safety cultures of our electric cooperatives and partners. Are you ready to take your safety culture to the next level? Partnering with MREA Safety and Loss Control Services can provide the empowerment to make it happen in the keys safety areas of compliance safety, fleet safety, health & wellness, incident analysis, public safety and emergency response. We work together to strengthen the safety culture by providing these safety services:
- We work onsite with co-op/company employees to provide key safety training, observations, inspections, etc. Three safety service packages are available to meet your safety and loss control needs.
- We keep our members skilled and knowledgeable in the changing safety actions for our industry through safety workshops, conferences, and schools.
- We partner cooperatives to deliver NRECA’s Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP). This program provides the affirmation, along with needed direction to follow industry standards.
- We facilitate two types of Apprentice Training and Journey Lineworker Certification programs.
- In addition to the above, we provide additional services and equipment for meeting safety needs: safety culture topics, driving simulator, Hazard Hamlet, etc.
Member Services and Education
MREA provides education and training resources to member co-op directors, managers and employees. MREA also provides learning opportunities to help electric cooperative board members successfully meet their fiduciary responsibility to oversee their member-owned cooperative.
Managers and employees require many different types of training and networking to best serve the co-op’s member/customer and adopt new ideas for service and technology. MREA provides administrative and planning services for the Rural Electric Management Association (REMA) and facilitates networking groups for all positions across the cooperative. See MREA’s current training and conference opportunities. MREA helps the cooperatives promote and support the communities and the areas they serve by coordinating various programs and events.
MREA management and administration supports the association and builds alliances with related organizations. Administration provides MREA with overall management and direction and is responsible for planning, budgeting and reporting to the MREA Board of Directors. This department provides cash management and accurate financial records for the association and manages the development, implementation and administration of human resources, including employment policies, benefit programs and compensation.
Marketing & Communication
The association assists Minnesota’s electric cooperatives with marketing efforts and other programs intended to promote electric cooperatives’ overall image as an interconnected entity. MREA produces the MREA Membership Directory & Buyers’ Guide, Member Connection E-News, Glossary of Electric and Telecommunication Terms, MREA Report, Legislative Bulletin and the MREA website. We also provide networking opportunities for our members though our online community networking groups and vendors that work with our core membership through our vendor member program.