Board Meeting Summary January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021
Board Meeting Summary

Board Action

The board voted to move the March 2021 and December 2021 board meetings to earlier in the month to avoid conflicts with spring break and the Christmas holiday.

2020 Year-End Report Highlights

  • Adapting to change was an everyday reality in 2020. To comply with Oregon’s guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 remote workstations were deployed to employees who logged 12,638 remote work hours. The lobby was closed to the public, and employees implemented processes and procedures to meet members’ needs. A Salem Electric COVID-19 Assistance Program was created to provide assistance to members impacted by the pandemic, providing over $69,000 to 412 members.
  • Members took advantage of the automated phone payment line which averaged over 1,300 calls per month from a previous average of 150 calls per month, and both SmartHub users and the number of members registered for paperless billing statements increased.
  • Utility billing revenue was down for the year because of the decrease in use from general service accounts (businesses) impacted by COVID-19. Total expenses, power costs, and operating expenses were all under budget. 
  • There were 42 sustained interruptions in 2020 with an average outage time per member of 12.51 minutes, primarily from trees falling on lines.