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Prepare for Winter

As the winter winds approach, leave high bills waiting in the cold Just as characters from HBO’s Emmy award-winning series “Game of Thrones” feared and prepared for the coming of winter, Wells Rural Electric Company employees also eye the dropping temperatures with feelings of peril. While Wells Rural Electric Cooperative (WREC) members need not fear […]

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Artists Paint the Towns

Murals beautify buildings and spotlight history By Dianna Troyer While she painted, professional muralist Beverly Caputo had an appreciative daily audience in Wells a few months ago. “Wherever I paint, people like watching the process, seeing a mural come to life in stages,” Beverly says. “Local residents were so positive and told me the murals […]

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CoBank’s Sharing Success: WREC Matches Donation for Carlin Preschool

Story and photo by Garrett Hylton After discovering a major community need in April, Wells Rural Electric Co.’s (WREC’s) Board of Directors and employees were thrilled to capitalize on CoBank’s Sharing Success program and provide $20,000 in grant funding for the Carlin United Methodist Church to support early childhood education in the Carlin community. WREC […]

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Planning for the Future

As a member-owned cooperative, one of Wells Rural Electric Company’s (WREC’s) most important tasks is looking down the road and trying to set a path that navigates potential future roadblocks while best preparing members to take advantage of the changing industry. A prominent example is the cooperative’s work on a regional level to ensure the […]

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Thinking About Solar? Let Us Help!

In recent years, solar power technology and adoption have boomed. In many parts of the country, solar panels offer a competitive, viable option for those looking to minimize their environmental impact or lower their monthly bill. Wells Rural Electric Company (WREC) has had a net-metering policy for decades. It allows members to install solar panels […]

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Training for Top Dog

Hoping and training for a national championship By Dianna Troyer The mutual adoration is obvious between Fred Aragon and his 5-year-old black Labrador retriever, Aragon Nuevo, as they train for a national competition this fall. In his backyard in Carlin, Fred guides Nuevo—nicknamed Newbie—through a drill to prepare him. “He’s one of the most talented […]

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Preventative Maintenance Program

When it comes to member satisfaction, reliability is often the most important factor— even more than cost. Members are often most concerned with the lights coming on when they flip the switch. For Wells Rural Electric Company’s (WREC’s) line crews, reliability is far more than simply reacting as safely and quickly as possible when outages […]