Pointe Coupee Electric celebrates 75th Annual Meeting

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle

NEW ROADS - Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle praised Pointe Coupee Electric for a long history of high quality service at the cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting held at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads on March 26.

The annual meeting was postponed from its originally scheduled date of Jan. 29 due to inclement weather.

Secretary/Treasurer Ralph Chustz announced that attendance was roughly 30 members shy of reaching a quorum and therefore no official business could be conducted during the meeting.

General Manager J.H. “Jodie” Cotten Jr. and Board President Jimmy Ewing Jr. both delivered brief presentations praising the cooperative’s employees for their hard work and dedication in serving the members.

Cotten provided a brief description of the co-op’s history and early days of operation since the co-op was formed in August of 1938. He said the co-op continues to keep pace with modern technology while focusing on the time-honored standard of quality service. He noted the co-op’s recent acquisition of a mobile substation, which can be used to re-route power and help reduce the length of service disruptions.

Both Ewing and Cotten encouraged members to visit www.action.coop and send comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the agency’s impending policy decisions that are expected by one estimate to increase the cost of coal-fired power generation by 80 percent.

Jennifer Vosburg, senior VP of NRG Energy and regional president of its subsidiary Louisiana Generating, said she recently became a residential member of the cooperative and praised the work of both the member-owned organization and the LPSC.

Vosburg said Louisiana Generating is a major employer in the area and continues to promote economic development throughout the region by working with local chambers of commerce and business leaders.

Chustz reported that the cooperative is in sound financial condition, having ended the year with a 2.5 percent margin, which offset several years of negative margins.

A random drawing was held for three $500 scholarships. Winners were Abby Chustz of Pointe Coupee Parish, Shelbi Strickland of Iberville Parish and Brittany Nichole Glosup of West Baton Rouge.