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From the CEO
October is national cooperative month . It may not mean a whole lot to our members, but it means a whole lot to us here at FreeState Electric Cooperative. It’s a chance for us to recognize and celebrate what makes us different, and why being member driven is the best part of our jobs.

FreeState is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities. Follow #CoopMonth and #WeAreFEC on Facebook and Twitter!
Better Training Equals Better Service For You.
It was the electric cooperatives’ commitment to providing exceptional service to member-owners, that the Merchant Job and Safety Training (MJST) program was created.

Co-op Connections Tour
Local legislators joined key staff from FreeState Electric Cooperative and KEPCo on Sept. 19 as part of the Co-ops Vote Legislative Connections Tour held at FreeState's west district office.

“The Co-ops Vote Legislative Connections Tour is all about outreach and connections with our legislators,” said Steve Foss, CEO. “It’s crucial to constantly build relationships with our lawmakers and help them to understand why cooperatives are different.”

Attending the event were:
  • Rep. Ken Corbet, District 54
  • Rep. Willie Dove, District 38
  • Rep. Fred Patton, District 50
  • Rep. Vic Miller, District 58
  • Rep. Jim Gartner, District 53
  • Sen. Marci Francisco, District 2

“We were delighted that these legislators were able to attend,” said Foss.

As part of the event, the legislators were shown FreeState’s new educational solar array at the Topeka office, toured the building, and learned more about the protective equipment the cooperative linemen must use.
Safety Supervisor, John Malone (right) assists Sen. Marci Francisco with trying on safety equipment used by our linemen to stay safe on the job. These are rubber sleeves worn in all conditions.
(photo courtesy of KEC)
Inaugural Energy Fair
Join us in Topeka on October 26 for a new event, the energy fair. We'll have food, fun, and several local vendors.

Vendors currently signed up are:

Come by the fair, grab a meal and chat with the vendors on hand about energy efficiency, renewables, and how you can save on your energy bill.


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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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