For many of these similar cooperatives this enlargement is exacerbated by trying to meet all the needs by means of fractured operations, insufficient consumer access, and cramped and crowded labor conditions and, in one case, the roof caving in (Austin, N. 2004).
This has caused further co-op managers to take a fresh look at the sufficiency of present services, facilities and the helpful aptitude to meet the ever-increasing requirements of today's electric customer. For many managers this appraisal has been long tardy.
Let's take some examples of the case of Pioneer Electric Cooperative of Ulysses, Kansas. Located in the heart of the Hugoton Gas Field and bounded by acres of land ripe for augmented rural growth, Pioneer Electric found itself serving one of the best rising areas in Kansas. In 1991, kilowatt hour sales greater than before by 2.23%; though, by 1994, the percentage of increased sales grew to a whopping 14%. Pioneer presently serves 12,000 customers by means of 40 employees and more enlargements are in sight. This enlargement presented a quandary. The current office, garage and storehouse facilities were fully make use of and there was no space for adding staff or placing the wanted computer equipment for process.
According to the company General Manager Dave Jesse who explained the theor ...Show more