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Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Power in the Hands of Consumers

Cars that you plug in. Cars that receive their updates not at a car garage, but through an over-the-air update. Cars that are sold through direct sales, not on car lots. All of this is the reality for Tesla, an American automaker, energy storage company and solar panel manufacturer. Tesla is also a disrupter of the automotive industry. Tesla CTO JB Straubel spoke today at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) IBES 2017 conference, held Nov. 12-15 in San Francisco, California. Following the presentation, NISC President and CEO Vern Dosch joined Straubel onstage for a Q&A session. Straubel shared his thoughts on the growing demand for affordable electric cars, and Tesla’s mission to develop strong relationships with electric utilities across the country who have a proven track record of providing great service to their customers. As consumers have gained considerable power when it comes to making purchasing decisions, the demand has grown for smart, reliable energy choices. Gone are the days of few options as consumers now have the ability to easily research and learn where their power is sourced from and the choices they have when it comes to investing in companies. As a technology cooperative, NISC strives to stay ahead of these industry changes, and ensure its Members have the resources they need to meet their customers’ expectations. From solar panels to Nest thermostats – consumers are eager for the latest and greatest in energy usage, and NISC is proud to be a champion of that desire. Dosch discussed the evolution of the engaged consumer: those who are doing their research and seeking out new opportunities and options when it comes to power and electric usage. He explained how cooperatives are [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Power in the Hands of Consumers

Bringing Broadband to the Underserved

The need for broadband in all reaches of the country is real. It is becoming a necessity for residents in rural areas and critical to their quality of life, not to mention the impact it can have economically. The NISC staff traveled to Atlanta, Ga. this week to participate in Broadband Communities Magazine’s Economic Development Conference to discuss how we can all join together to build out broadband and maximize potential benefits. NISC’s Vice President of Member and Industry Jasper Schneider led a panel at the conference called “Partners on the Road to Rural Broadband” and was joined by panelists Kevin Larson, CEO/General Manager of Consolidated Telephone Co., Jeremy Nelms, P.E. – Director of Economic Development, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, and Hilda Legg, Vice Chairman of Broadband Communities. The panel discussed their experiences, successes and challenges of partnering to bring broadband to underserved areas. NISC wants to help empower this initiative however we can. This summer NISC joined forces with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, NRTC and National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. and developed a new site, www.PartnersInBroadband.com, to match electric cooperatives, utilities and municipalities with nearby partners experienced in telecommunications. Together, their goal is to evaluate options to address the broadband gap and promote partnerships wherever possible. Let’s strengthen our communities by building broadband together.

By | November 8th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Bringing Broadband to the Underserved

Enhancing Customer Connections with Technology

Technology can be a driver of many things, one of which is enhancing connections. Whether it’s family members staying in touch via social media or a customer paying their utility bill, technology can be a connecting bridge. This was the message that NISC’s Vice President of Member and Industry, Jasper Schneider, brought to the American Public Power Association’s Customer Connections Conference, held Nov. 5-8 in Sacramento, Calif. In a session titled, “Engaging Customers through Data and Technology,” Schneider provided examples of how technology can help municipalities and other public power entities enhance their connection with their customers. As NISC’s connection with public power increases, the organization is gaining a better understanding of how technology can help build these bridges from provider to customer and the solutions that will drive the future. NISC is excited to continue working on solutions with APPA and public power providers across all 50 states in the USA.

By | November 7th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Enhancing Customer Connections with Technology

Director of Foundation for Rural Service Visits NISC

As NISC prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday next year, we will kick off a series of celebrations by what co-ops do best: Helping our communities - at home and abroad. Nearly four months ago, we launched our Giving 50@50 campaign in conjunction with our upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration. We have been blown away by the response from employees, and are proud to announce we are nearing our goal of raising $25,000! NISC’s Board of Directors will match that donation, for a total impact of $50,000. On November 2, we welcomed Jessica Golden, executive director of Foundation for Rural Service to our office in Missouri. Jessica spoke to our employees on the importance of rural America and how the advancements in broadband and technology have helped strengthen rural communities. Jessica also shared how telemedicine is drastically changing healthcare for citizens living in rural areas. Dedicated to providing educational resources and enhancing the lives of rural Americans, FRS uses funds to provide grants to rural communities and scholarships for rural youth. Oftentimes, receiving a scholarship can be the deciding factor in whether students are able to afford college. Making those phone calls to the recipients is one of Jessica’s favorite things about FRS. To view Jessica's presentation in its entirety, please click here. This past summer, employees also had an opportunity to hear from Ingrid Hunsicker, Senior Program Manager for NRECA International, in our North Dakota office. NRECA International strives to provide safe and reliable electricity in developing countries, promoting the power of the cooperative business model. Over the last 55 years, the program has brought electricity to millions of people, greatly improving their economies and way of life. And not only have these efforts affected [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Director of Foundation for Rural Service Visits NISC

NISC Supervisor Recognized with Patriot Award for Military Support

One important tool for someone serving in the military is their rucksack. For NISC’s Bill Hanks, preparing for military deployment with his reserve unit this month has made it feel like he’s carrying a rucksack full of boulders.

By | November 1st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on NISC Supervisor Recognized with Patriot Award for Military Support