firstly: read this super-smart whitepaper: http://gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/pdf/SmartGrid_Report_PDF-2012–11-26-Final.pdf
then, start getting ready for 2013
Aloha, E komo mai.
Welcome to the beginning of A New KIUC! 2012 is almost over. The Directors have been busy for almost a year. What have they done?
Below is a list, of what we asked for of 30-odd items, gathered from the community during the election. What has the board delivered?
KIUC is a Cooperative. The Board works for all of us. You are KIUC!
TO DO LIST FOR THE 2012 KIUC BOD
A: BRING ELECTRICAL COSTS DOWN FOR WORKING FAMILIES
- 1 Expand assistance to economically vulnerable households
- 2 Create Conservation & Efficiency Teams to bring bills down
- 3 Introduce steeply tiered rates to reward conservation w/savings, in a way that does not hurt local, working class families.
- 4 Offer In-Home Display “Dashboards” to all. Information = Power!
- 5 Goal of solar hot-water on >90% of all roofs within decade
- 6 Pass savings to Members by reducing extravagant overhead
- more ideas?
B: MAKE KIUC A MORE COOPERATIVE CO-OP
- 1Get new Legal Council that supports cooperative action
- 2 Create & Hire a new Cooperative Involvement Department
- 3 Offer incentives to vote — Goal: double the turnout in 5 years
- 4 Recommit to democratic policy of One Person, One Vote
- 5 Expand membership — offer to all adult Kaua‘i residents
- 6 Invest in Smart Members - educate to engage in coop process
- 7 Safeguard fair debate w/ Co-op resources in Special Elections
- 8 Get new CEO & President that understands & supports coops
- 9 New leadership on the BOD that understands & supports coops
- your ideas?
C: DEVELOP A SMART POLICY FOR SMART METERS
- 1 Work with, not against the membership and community
- 2 Ensure the meter installer respects the wishes of residents
- 3 Apologize & Re-install analog meters for those who wish
- 4 Provide a simple, easy, no-cost way for members to Opt-OUT
- 5 Provide a WIRED meter option for members to Opt-IN
- 6 Provide analog meter compatible Home Display for all who wish
- more ideas?
D: OPEN UP BOARD POLICIES
- 1 Make the 7 Co-operative principles binding on KIUC policy
- 2 Revise policy 1 — expand transparency to community
- 3 Revise policy 16 — provide complete minutes for all BOD meetings
- 4 Make online video recording of All BOD meetings for review
- 5 Make Roll-call standard for all votes, on-line available for review
- 6 Revise policy 18 — further expand directorʻs ability to speak freely
- your ideas?
E: RE-CONCEIVING KIUCʻs ENERGY MISSION & STRATEGIC GOALS
- 1 New Energy Policy — Reduduction: Make Less & Use Less
- 2 Goal: reduce typical daily peak load to below 50 Mw by 2020
- 3 New business model to foster the right-sizing of KIUC
- 4 Keep maximum energy $ʻs on-island & inside local economy
- 5 Include creation of living-wage energy jobs on-island in plan
- 6 Increase strategic cooperation w/County to create more savings
- 7 Goal: >90% sustainable local energy production by 2032
- more ideas?
Now that you have read down the evolving ‘To Do’ list, reflect and ponder — which are the most critical? What items don’t seem most pressing and important to you? Is there anything here you disagree with?
Your feedback to the above questions, and your participation is vital in helping these changes become addressed & adopted by the board.
Through your efforts and others, our community will become a mighty force for change on Kauaʻi. There is a rising desire for real change to begin at KIUC, as articulated by the broader community, and voted for by members of KIUC. Help P2P help the directors get it right for Kaua‘i.
SMART METER ACTION ALERT
KIUC has a new “Advanced Meter Installation Deferment Form”. Soon, they will send them out. P2P strongly urges you NOT to sign it — as is.
Why? ʻA deferment, that sounds good — that means they wonʻt install it, right? No. Hereʻs why: A deferred installment is still an installment, just down the road at some vague future time. !f you agree to a “deferred installment,” ʻdeferʻ is the modifier, ʻinstallmentʻ is the modified. What kind of installment? A deferred one. Do you want to agree to an installment? If your answer is yes, sign it! Adam Asquith recommends you make your own “NO smart meter” box, then check it. That is one quick & dirty way — P2P went one step further — a whole new form that says what you want!
If what you want is to actually tell to your hard-working KIUC staff, that you do NOT want a ʻSmart Meter, not now or ever, & do not want to be billed or fined for refusing to have one installed, then take a look at the P2P “Advanced Meter Installation REJECTION Form” click here to download the PDF document: p2pkiuc AMI Reject form.
Some have asked, will KIUC “accept” this alternative form? You would think so, but… they accept letters donʻt they? Sure they do — why wouldnʻt they accept this important information from their Members? This information is coming to them in exactly the format they have requested, only now the legal council of KIUC is not limiting & determining what you are saying, The point of this letter is to clearly communicate to your KIUC staff and emplyees that you do not approve of the deferral they are offering, and what you would instead like them to do. Clear communication. Kaua‘i will thank you for this!
Even if you yourself are OK with a Smart Meter at your house, you can still support your fellow Kaua‘i residents who want to make their own choices – just like you did! Let the KIUC staff know this is how you want your Co-op to co-operate within the community! Clear communication like this is a great way to help move our Co-op forward. IMUA!
If after a careful read of the document, you find you agree, sign it, and send it in! Please give P2P heads-up, so we can keep a rough count of how many of these rejection letters KIUC is getting. In this way you and other members shall shape the way KIUC acts, & will help our Co-op mature into a better neighbor, a better utility, and a better Co-op… cuz, gosh darn it — they can stand millions of gallons of improvement!
PLEASE LET P2P KNOW YOU SENT THIS IN: !
Not Accepting Your Rejection
An Un-Co-operative Play in 1 Act
Three Real Emails with No Joking Around
Which brings us back to reality. So, what wacky way are they choosing to respond to clear communication from the Community & Members?
EMAIL # 1: The Member Expresses a Choice:
EMAIL # 2: The KIUC BORG Refuses to Listen:
Aloha (Name with-held),
At this time, KIUC has not made a final decision as whether or not an Opt Out Program for Smart Meters will be offered. If you wish to participate in the Delayed Installation Program please complete the form available on our website, www.kiuc.coop, on the Smart Meter Installation page.
We are not accepting the People to People (SIC) Opt Out Forms.
EMAIL # 3: P2P Responds:
Power to the People Kaua‘i
previously on P2P…
THE ELECTION IS PAU — WHAT NOW?
Now the election is done, the new ʻworkersʻ (directors) have been elected onto the team by the Full Co-op Membership. Now the real work must begin in earnest. So, what does the boss want done? Who is the boss?
The bosses — that means YOU KIUC MEMBER/OWNERS and the broader Community the Co-op serves — should be very attentive to what your old & new hires on the BOD are doing. In fact, you might want to give them some DIRECTION. ;)
What should the Board do? YOU are the Boss!
If you want something done, YOU had better tell em what that is. You gotta lettem know! To play a helpful role in this initiating this community dialog, P2P is now soliciting input from YOU & the entire community of Kaua‘i, by asking: What do you want the 2012 KIUC BOD to do?
WHAT TO DO?
A ʻTo Doʻ list is being assembled hundreds of Community and Co-op Members.. You can check it out here, and add your two cents to make sure they know what YOU expect from THEM. It takes an island!
Thanks to the participation & support from people just like you, Power to the People Kaua‘i was able to have a positive impact on the election. If you think P2P is heading in a strong direction, and would like to see further progress made, consider making a sound investment in a brighter, more democratic energy future for Kaua‘i, by donating to P2P.
For the rest of this year — until it becomes election time again — , it sure would be great if P2P can continue to build upon the great foundation already begun. If you chip in & help grow the P2P budget, we will be out in greater force across the island in the months ahead: tabling at farmers markets, & community events to inform & build membership, regularly attend , testify & report on the monthly KIUC Director meetings, via a monthly newsletter & hold our coopertively elected officials accountable.
With your support, P2P will continue to shine the light on how Kaua‘i can become truly sustainable with community supported, democratically driven decision making, and an sound energy policy that keeps our money on Kaua‘i and protects and restores our island home. If any of this sounds good to you, check out our PayPal link below. Itʻ s fast, easy & secure.
Special Request: P2P is considering holding a public screening of ʻPower Tripʻ a fascinating documentary about a power company with even more problems than KIUC! This film is sad, inspirational and quite hilarious. If you have gear (DVD projector or outdoor screening surface or can assist/coördinate in putting this together, please contact P2P via email. mahalo!
previously on the P2P frontpage…
VOTERS BRING NEW MAJORITY TO KIUC BOD
In 2012, KIUC voters have made their views clear — Kaua‘i wants to build a better Co-op. ALL THREE of the newly elected Directors support an Opt-OUT policy for “Smart” Meters.
Image a Co-op that does not try to make itʻs Members do things they donʻt want to! Well, you donʻt have to imagine — itʻs is what we voted for! With the addition of any two of the existing Directors, a new majority of our elected directors will be in agreement to direct the Staff and Management of KIUC to work in cooperation with the Members.
It has been a long time coming in our fledgling 10-year-old Co-op, but this could be the beginning of something very big on Kaua‘i — This is how democracy looks like! Congratulations to everyone who participated in this election!This will be a sea-change from the previous Bissel-led & board-supported position of “like it or lump it” on the RF-emitting so-called “SmartMeters”, but this is only just the beginning. What other positive changes would you like to see at KIUC?
Now, with an emergent “New Majority” on the BOD, perhaps a new era of community cooperation vs. corporate antagonism shall begin where KIUC begins to work with the members, community and island of Kaua‘i. Way to get out there and VOTE, Kaua‘i! When Kaua‘i speaks clearly, change is just around the corner! Getting three new Directors on the board was only just the beginning. But before we move forward, letʻs take a look at the bigger picture & make sure we understand how we got here, and where we are in the process of change at KIUC.
With 7,145 valid ballots submitted, and the largest field of candidates eve running for office, 2012 was the third largest voter turnout in a KIUC Board of Director election in the history of the Co-op, and saw an increase of 15.4% over last year. Almost 1,000 new voters! Not bad, Kaua‘i! Way to get out there and build a better Co-op!
Below is a “Rough Guestimate ” for the New Voters
Donʻt make the mistake of thinking we can turn the Co-op around in only one election cycle after a decade of drift. But letʻs take a closer look at what just did, and did not happen. We will need to understand this for next yearʻs election!
Below are the actual results — Our actions have consequence!
Congratulations to ALL NINE of the candidates, as each and every one of you ran good clean campaigns, and brought forth the issues you felt were the most important to help build a better co-op. This is what democracy should look like! Way to dialog! P2P recognizes the service and dedication of outgoing Directors Stu Burley and Steve Rapozo. Mahalo for your time and energy!
A special P2P nod of the hat to veteran ʻSustainability Guruʻ Ken Stokes who this year came within less than 200 votes of taking a seat, and rookie campaigner Community Organzer Joel Guy who ran a very strong race despite being flat on his back for two weeks at the height of it all. Stay engaged, fellahs — Kaua‘i needs your leadership and passion!
And here is an important message for all you folks out there who are a bit disappointed that we “only” got 2 out of the 3 open seats: Be Patient! Rome, as they say, did not burn in one day! Our Co-op is less than 10 years old. For the first 4 years, we had NO communitarian Directors on the board. Where we are today is NOT as a result of just our efforts alone, but result from 6 years of steady progress. Are we where we want to be yet? No WAY! But we are knocking on the door, and with YOUR continued effort and involvement, we will build a better co-op!
Finally, congratulations are in order to Karen Baldwin, Calvin Murashige and Pat Gegen who were the top three vote getters. Along with sitting Directors Carol Bain, Jan TenBruggencate, Allen Smith, Peter Yukimura, David Iha, and ChairTeofilo Tacbian, they now share the co-responsibility to bring the membershipʻs vision of a Electrical Cooperative into reality.
P2P welcomes the new Directors onto the Board, and encourages the existing Directors to work together and with the community for the benefit of the island and her peoples. May the new BOD work steadfastly to help build a new KIUC that is more affordable, more democratic, more open, more transparent, more sustainable both environmentally and economically, and works in a better spirit of cooperation with the members and the communities on Kaua‘i in the year ahead. Imua for a better co-op!
KIUC BOD FAQ: 8 Good Things to Know
Why People Donʻt Vote?
1. Some people are too busy with their lives…
Hey, life IS busy, and maybe you donʻt have time to go to all the KIUC meetings or be an energy activist to research all the issues. But thatʻs OK — you donʻt have to! P2P is already doing for you!
If you are in a real rush, and you just want the critical info, go here:
In less than 10 minutes on this site, and 5 minutes voting online (direct links for secure voting provided onsite), OR by phone OR by good old-fashioned snail-mail, and you will have done your duty for KIUC, and helped bring Kaua‘i one step closer to a brighter energy future!
Still feeling fresh? Still got game? Want to help others vote too? AWESOME! Visit: www.p2pKauai.org/plug-into-p2p/
2. Some people donʻt know what a Cooperative is…
A cooperative is a big hui, where everyone who uses the service (in KIUCʻs case: electricity) can become a member if they choose, obtain a vote, and participate in the functioning of the Cooperative. In a ʻcoop,ʻ members determine the overall direction. Directors help, and the staff getʻs it done.
3. Some people donʻt know there is an election…
Every year since 2002 when KIUC, a Cooperative, took over from KE, a private for-profit corporation, there is an annual election where the full membership votes to select 3 new Directors. This year, the ballots went out two weeks ago, and have shown up in your mailbox by now. If you have not received your ballot yet, or did but it is lost — Call KIUC ASAP so you can get your unique ballot access code that will allow you to vote. The deadline for voting is Saturday, March 24th at NOON sharp!
4. Some people donʻt know what they are voting for…
At each annual KIUC Board of Directors Election, 3 new directors are elected by the full membership to serve on a 9 person board. Each directorʻs term is 3 years. Every year 1/3 of the board is replaced, and over the course of 3 years, the entire board can be rotated out by the membership.
5. Some people donʻt know what the directors do…
The 2nd (of 7) cooperative principles states “Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.”
This means, unlike a in representative democracy, where your elected officials represent you, Directors in a coop have a different role. They are NOT your representatives — they job is to help you actively participate in the operation of the Coop. Thus, Directors work for you, and serve to ensure the the Coop is generally pointed in the direction the full membership desires. But that is not what we have been seeing of late.
If membership does not approve of the oversight actions by the Directors, as members you may (by petition) take matters directly into your own hands, and have the full membership re-decide a matter by special election.
6. Some people donʻt know how to vote…
Voting in the KIUC election is fast, simple, and easy AND you have options on the way you can choose to vote, by: A) mail in your ballot B) vote online C) vote over touchtone phone. This year,the deadline to submit your ballot is March 24 at NOON sharp.
7. Some people donʻt think their 3 votes matter…
Your Votes absolutely DO matter — if you donʻt vote, the Coop drifts… when we we snooze, we lose. By voting, you help determine the balance of the board, and the basic direction of the Coop. Presently there is a majority on the Board that believe they have the right to make multi-million dollar strategic choices for you, and the whole island of Kaua‘i, without going to the community first, and asking you! If this is OK with you, then do nothing, and they will continue. If you want this to change, then your vote is vital! But you must cast your votes for change to begin!
8. Some people donʻt think there is anyone worth voting for…
No matter what your view of KIUCʻs performance over the years, there are some candidates who will change KIUC in dramatic ways. If you want change, there are people for you! If you no like change, there are people running who will keep everything the way it is. If you like burn trash and have nuclear power on Kaua‘i, there is even someone for you! This year, no matter what your views, there are many excellent choices.
To find our more information on how YOU can play a more active role in boosting overall member and community participation in the 2012 KIUC Board of Directors Election visit:
Thanks so much for your help! The more people vote in the KIUC BOD Election, the better the Coop will serve the interests of the members & the entire community of Kaua‘i. Mahalo nui loa for all you do! Now get out there and vote, and encourage other to too!
A Story We are Telling from Inside the Tale
Once upon a time, hardworking local people on a small island in the middle of the pacific ocean bailed out a failing private electrical corporation, converting it into a community-owned cooperative… or so they thought.
Still their electric prices rose, and still they could not figure out why they were paying top dollar for their electricity, but receiving the run-around from the folks they had appointed to run their electrical cooperative. Who was working for whom? So they began to look into “their” co-op.
Rather than provide clean, sustainable energy at an affordable price to the community members who collectively own it, this Community-Owned Coop was still being run like a Privately-Owned-Business, by managers and directors who felt they could do whatever they wanted — with the company… and no one had stopped them yet:
When major policy choices faced the Coop — like FERC Hydro, or “Smart Meters” — instead of going to the community FIRST to seek direction from the people, the CEO and a majority of incumbent directors made the choices themselves, spent millions of the peoples money, then circled the wagons to insulate themselves from the community. Awe!
However, these people were akamai! (very smart) They hui-ed up (joined together) to return power to the people! They ho‘olaulima (worked together), with lots of creativity and aloha (warm spirit of love, respect, and affection), both renewable, local resources!. They formed a powerful community organization, and through the democratic power of the ballot box, elected a new majority to the board of directors and finally gained operating control and financial ownership of the island utility cooperative. Hurray!
Power to the People Kaua‘i is the story of how Kaua‘i getter done.