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From the Accounting and Finance Manager
CEO, Steve Foss, has invited FreeState's Manager of Accounting and Finance, Michelle Meyer, to discuss the financial stability of FreeState and upcoming adjustments some members could see on their bills.

When The Lights Go Out, So Do We.
What happens when an outage occurs?
Outage calls start the dispatching process of crews to the outage to begin restoring power as quickly and safely as possible. 

Generator Safety
Generators, portable or permanent, are handy to power life-sustaining medical equipment, provide a light or keep freezers from defrosting during prolonged power outages, but proper usage is important. 

Energy Use Coordinator Matt Lambert will answer questions about energy efficiency, renewables, co-op programs, and everything in between. Email Matt your question and it may be featured in Kansas Country Living or The Signal. FreeState will not use your name if your question is answered in print or online unless you specifically request us to do so. 

There are times that events—sometimes beyond the cooperative’s control—cause power outages. If your health or well-being depends on the equipment that requires electricity, please contact us. We will do our best, in the event of an outage, to get power restored as quickly and safely as possible. 

FreeState does keep a record of residential service locations where life-sustaining electrical equipment is used. When planned outages or services interruptions for nonpayment are scheduled, we will attempt to communicate notice in advance so preparations can be made to be without power. 

Medical Necessity Notification DOES NOT guarantee priority service restoration, and member accounts with this designation are not exempt from planned interruptions. These designated accounts are also not exempt from their financial responsibilities or termination of service by FreeState policies. Notifying FreeState of your situation does not guarantee uninterrupted electric service, nor does it ensure immediate attention to your service should the area experience a power outage. It does alert us to the situation. Letting us know your specific needs allows FreeState to communicate promptly with you. 


You are important to us. Please call our office at 1-800-794-1989 to notify FreeState of any medical necessity needs.
Co-ops Vote: Legislators to FreeState

Kansas legislators met at FreeState Electric Cooperative’s Topeka office on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to discuss issues important to Kansas electric cooperatives. 
FreeState board and staff met with the delegation as a part of the Co-ops Vote program. The meeting was facilitated by Kansas Electric Cooperatives government relations team to provide timely updates on issues facing cooperatives as the 2019 legislative session begins. 

“These Co-op Votes events are so important when it comes to sharing information,” said Steve Foss, CEO. “When we can meet face-to-face with our legislators it allows us to share how decisions they make impact our members directly. It also allows us to provide information on how cooperatives differ from other utilities.”

Legislators attending were: 
  • Rep. Fred Patton (R-Topeka)
  • Rep. Brenda Dietrich (R-Topeka)
  • Rep. Jim Gartner (D-Topeka)
  • Rep. Annie Kuether (D-Topeka)
  • Rep. Jim Karleskint (R-Tonganoxie)
  • Rep. Boog Highberger (D-Lawrence)
  • Rep. Randy Garber (R-Sabetha) 
  • Sen. Marci Francisco (D-Lawrence

Issues discussed were: 
  • KS Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act (KUUDPA)
  • Utility Ratemaking
  • Retail Wheeling Reality
  • Renewable Generation is Not Cost- Free
  • Rural Broadband Accessibility
FreeState invests in our youth with opportunities designed to reflect the realities of our society and its preference for dynamic, personal interactions. In today’s professional world, employers and thought leaders want to see presenters who make a connection with the audience while communicating a message. Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Camp experiences are all-expense-paid and will truly be experiences of a lifetime for area youth. 

Any high school junior living in the FreeState territory with a parent or guardian who is a member of the cooperative is eligible.

Deadline for the 2019 program are Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.  For more information and to download an application packet visit www.freestate.coop/youth or call the office at 800-794-1989. 
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Privacy Policy 
FreeState is a consumer-owned and consumer-controlled electric cooperative. FreeState operates on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of its member-consumers. Accordingly, the Board has adopted this Policy on Privacy of Member-Consumer Information to establish fair information principles for FreeState in carrying out its responsibility to respect the privacy of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.
Notice: FreeState publicly discloses its policies and practices for the collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.            
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
  FreeState Electric Cooperative, Inc., is not subject to the jurisdiction, regulation, supervision and control of the Kansas Corporation Commission, except as specified in K.S.A. 66-104d(f). 
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