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General Manager's Message - April 2019

By Mike Kezar
The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.
Bernard Williams
I love this time of year.
In addition to the mild weather (nothing like we will see in July and August), I love to see the new beginnings in nature – flowers, trees, grass, and new birth within the animal kingdom – are all reasons to find joy each Spring.
Spring also brings changes in our personal lives. The school year will be ending soon. Track & field, baseball, softball, Little League, proms, awards banquets, graduation events, and planning for summer camps, jobs, and family vacations are all a part of the activities of Spring.
Spring also provides an opportunity for each of us to conduct a self-evaluation and commit to new beginnings in our personal and work lives. Maybe it is a personal relationship that needs attention. Maybe it is a faith relationship that needs a rededication. Or maybe it is our approach and attitude toward our work that needs to be refreshed and renewed. Whatever it is, Spring reminds us that we can always begin again, with a new and fresh approach.
Spring is definitely a busy time for STEC. The Annual Meeting will take place on May 23rd and preparations are already well underway for that annual event. One aspect of the Annual Meeting planning is the preparation for a tour of the new G3 office building. I am excited about the opportunity to show off the facility, and very much appreciate the efforts of John Packard and Tony Gigli as they coordinated the renovation that converted the old power plant into a very attractive and functional office and meeting facility.

Spring also brings storms to our service territory. We were privileged to celebrate Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th, however the absence of several of our lineman who were making repairs to storm damaged facilities, reinforced the fact that our line crews, patrolmen, and communications, substation, metering, and relay technicians are always on call in response to outages or damaged facilities. I want to express my sincere appreciation to each employee that answers the call when emergencies arise or outages occur. Your efforts are truly what “keeps the lights on”.

Spring signals a time to focus on completing major maintenance of our generation and transmission facilities in anticipation of a summer when power generation and transmission availability will be a critical need. All indications are that this summer we will have very tight reserve margins in Texas and the likelihood of emergency alerts, calls for voluntary conservation, and even rolling outages, is very real. Ensuring that we go into the summer in as good a shape as reasonably possible is vitally important and I appreciate all of the efforts to ensure that STEC’s resources are ready to go.
Finally, I am writing this message the week following the Easter holidays. The events that occurred on Good Friday and Easter Sunday approximately 2,000 years ago serve as a vivid reminder of the sacrifice and the power of new life that was modeled for each of us. My sincere desire is that each of you experience peace and joy during this season of hope.
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