It’s a new school year and kids of all ages are getting ready for a new year of learning! From kindergarten through college, students attend school to gain knowledge about a wide variety of subjects and learn new skills that will prepare them for the future.

In a similar vein, JOEMC is continually learning to advance technology that improves electric service, reliability, safety, and in turn, enhances the quality of life for the members we serve in our communities.

Your cooperative keeps abreast of industry trends because the energy sector is rapidly changing. Innovations in technology and energy types are fueling demand for more options. On the consumer front, people are looking for more ways to manage their energy use with smart technologies. Consumers expect more convenient payment methods – whether through online or automatic bill pay, remote kiosks or in person.

We’re working to help sift through the options for our members in ways that benefit the greater community. At the same time, we never lose sight of the top priority––providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.

Technology Improves Operational Efficiency
There is no better example of technology in action than our current advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Started this spring, AMI is an integrated system of advanced meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enable two-way communication between utilities and consumers. In the event of an outage, AMI helps to distinguish between events that impact a single home or multiple outages. This is critical because resolving either issue is a very different process. The two-way communication is integral to AMI because it provides a means to verify that power has been restored after an outage. However, one of the most significant benefits of improved technologies, especially for outages caused by extreme weather is pinpointing the outage location, which helps to reduce the risk for crews out on the road during severe weather events.

In addition to providing essential information during major outages, JOEMC will be able to analyze AMI data for anomalies, including faults, damaged meters, or energy theft. Early detection of these problems helps our cooperative save money and improve reliability for the whole community.

Whether it’s exploring how emerging technologies can better serve our members or examining green energy options like community solar or battery storage, for JOEMC, our “school year” is never over. We will continue to learn from our members about their priorities for the future and we will continue to study and research the issues so that we can better serve you, now and in the future.