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Welcome to the Rural Electricity Resource Council site!  RERC is a national association of electric companies, cooperatives, public power districts and allied groups.  Helping our members serve their rural customers is our primary goal.

We also have materials available for consumers and classroom teachers on energy efficiency, standby generators, electrical wiring, safety and other topics. Select “Our Products” above, then follow “Nonmember Shopping” to view each of these items. You can learn about each one, then purchase items on-line if you wish, using Visa or Master Card.

As a national center for knowledge on rural electricity topics, we want to assist you. General topics are discussed under the “Energy Use, Electrical Wiring and Safety” tab above. More specific information for rural power suppliers is provided through our member newsletter Electric Solutions and at our national conference each year. Visit the “About Us” tab for an explanation of what we do, and our 60-year history of helping electric power suppliers serve their rural consumers.

RERC Takes Steps to Dissolve Organization

The purpose of this announcement is to alert RERC supporters of a major change in the weeks ahead for the organization. A series of factors over the past few years has challenged RERC’s Board of Directors to make difficult decisions regarding the future of the program.

First, it has been increasingly difficult for RERC to generate enough income to cover rising expenses. Since 2012, significant cost-cutting measures have been in-place. As well, the Council has expanded its training and value-added services in an attempt to attract more memberships, as well as non-dues revenue.

At the same time, electric companies and cooperatives have been dealing with their own tightening funds. This affected RERC since fewer dollars were available to support allied organizations. To cope with financial short-falls and find a path for RERC’s future, the Board has held multiple strategic planning sessions.

An additional factor occurred in February of this year, when Executive Manager Richard Hiatt shared with directors his interest in retiring before the end of 2016. According to Hiatt, “I’m calling it semi-retirement, because I hope to continue helping rural power suppliers, but at a slower pace.”

With insufficient funds to attract a replacement manager for the organization, the Board explored several alternatives. Ultimately the dissolution of the Council was the remaining option. The timing for this close-down had to occur near the beginning of RERC’s fiscal year (October 1st). “We didn’t want to ask for membership renewals and be unable to give members their full year of services” said Rick Gerdeman, Chairman of the RERC Board.

Closing-Down RERC the Right Way
The termination process is being done according to the original Articles of Incorporation (1957) and Bylaws of the Council. A representative was selected from each member organization, and was sent an email announcement on October 18, 2016 outlining the Board’s intentions. Each member organization is entitled to one vote. Those wishing to cast a vote can print-out and complete the Proxy Card contained within the email. We prefer that signed cards be faxed rather than mailed to RERC at FAX # 937-383-0001, but either way it must arrive no later than October 31, 2016. Votes will be counted during the Conference Call Meeting of RERC on November 1, 2016. (Those wanting details on the Conf. Call can email the RERC office at info@rerc.org).

The Council will use its remaining financial reserves to keep the program active until December 1, 2016. Soon after, any remaining assets will be donated to other nonprofit organizations as dictated by RERC Bylaws. The Council’s Board is expected to continue its function on a month-by-month basis to monitor funds, set needed policy, and complete final dissolution paperwork. At that point it will disband.

For additional information, feel free to contact Richard Hiatt at the RERC office, or any of the Council’s Board members.

Training for CSRs Using “Distance Learning” Format

Electricity Fundamentals for Customer Service Reps. is training for CSRs (and other staff) on electricity concepts and the components of the utility system. The course is divided into four parts, presented in a sequence of four brief sessions. The AM. and PM. sessions on the first day are 90 minutes each. The second day’s sessions are 60 minutes each. This allows participants to fit the training into their daily work activities. The Course flyer lists topics presented in each session.

Distance Learning Eliminates Travel: Participants remain in the office and phone-in for each “live” training session. Slides are sent in advance (on PDF) which you view as the instructor describes each concept, with examples. The instruction is easy to follow, allows live discussion for clarification, and no meeting software is needed for your computers.
The full agenda, costs, teaching format and other details can be found on the Course flyer.
If You Missed CSR

How to Register: We keep it simple, just send us an email with the name(s) and title of those you’d like to register. Send it to assistant@rerc.org. We then follow-up to answer questions, clarify payment (credit card or invoice) and confirm other details. You can also register by phone; call us at (937) 383-0001. (During the week of July 25-29 we will be out of the office; we’ll do our best to respond to emails and calls remotely)

Updated 17th Edition of Agricultural Wiring Handbook
To understand correct wiring methods and avoid violations of the National Electrical Code, you’ll need this latest edition of the Agricultural Wiring Handbook. With 113 pages and over 80 illustrations, it’s an essential guide to farm wiring, motor circuits and utility distribution arrangements.

The book contains 34 chapters, divided into the following seven sections:


Of interest to electric power suppliers are chapters on metering, sizing of service conductors, and other on-farm distribution topics. Wire selection tables in the Appendix make it easy to accurately size conductors according to the amp load and circuit length.

This updated 17th edition is only available from RERC. To order on-line or learn more about the Handbook, click “Our Products” at the top of this page.

Reference on Wiring for Irrigation Systems
The updated third edition of Practical Irrigation Wiring is the most complete reference on electrical wiring and grounding for irrigation systems.

The book contains eight chapters on topics including:
Electric service configurations;
Sizing conductors properly;
Motor load calculations;
Code-approved wiring methods and materials;
Correct grounding techniques.

With 143 pages of illustrations and interpretations of the National Electrical Code, it’s the latest on the topic. Examples are used to clarify key concepts, along with practice questions at the end of each chapter. One example explains and illustrates how incorrect grounding can cause an electrocution.

Authored by expert and retired instructor Larry T. Smith, we’ve not seen any other reference that compares. Of particular interest to utilities are chapters dealing with electric service configurations. Dozens of illustrations clarify Code-mandated methods and wiring details.

This book is only available through RERC. To order or learn more, click the “Our Products” menu tab at the top of this page.
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Rural Electricity Resource Council (formerly National Food and Energy Council)
Wilmington, Ohio