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October 8th, 2009
Garza returns to work at PEC

STAFF REPORT

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) General Manager Juan Garza returned to work this week after his doctors gave him a clean bill of health following a recent surgical procedure.

Garza had a lesion removed from the left side of his brain on Sept. 3.

Paul Hilgers served as Acting General Manager for the duration of Garza’s absence. On Monday, Garza’s doctors stated that he had made a complete recovery and cleared him to resume his duties.

“I am excited to get back to work, and I want to thank everyone at PEC who worked so hard to keep things running smoothly in my absence,” Garza said. “And on behalf of my family, I would like to say how much we appreciated the kind words and support we have received during this time.”

During Garza’s absence, the PEC board began streaming its meetings over its Internet sight. At the Sept. 21 meeting, the first to be broadcast, the board elected to distribute up to $4 million in capital credits to its members.

The capital credit amount for each cooperative member is based on an allocation factor. The board’s resolution set the allocation factor at 0.02251975. Members can determine their individual allocations of capital credits by taking their total annual kilowatt-hour billings in 2008 and multiplying it by the allocation factor. Current plans call for members to be notified of their 2008 allocation and capital credit balance in writing in October. Members eligible for the capital credit distribution will receive a credit on their November bills.

The board also voted to extend the waiver on $100 reconnection fees through the end of the year. In July, the board voted to temporarily waive the fee due to a down economy and an intense heat wave.

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