CEO’s Message — April 2020

Together, We Shall Overcome

Headshot of Clay FitchFor more than 60 years, Wells Rural Electric Co. has taken pride in fulfilling our mission to provide safe, reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity to our members. As our lives and society have changed immeasurably in that time, I’m constantly reminded that here, in rural Nevada, we still look out for our neighbors and protect each other, just as we always have.

As the global health emergency presented by COVID-19 affects life in our communities, I want to assure our members that WREC will continue to fulfill our commitment to reliability. Electricity remains at the heart of what drives our day-to-day lives.

These are unprecedented times, and the increased focus on social distancing measures has the potential to overwhelm. Because of modern technology and the devices we use on a daily basis, however, we now have the ability to remain connected to one another even while practicing social distancing. Electricity plays a central role in that process, and we are here to make sure you can still connect with loved ones, stay caught up on the news and enjoy the other conveniences electricity provides even during increasingly difficult circumstances.

I take very seriously WREC’s duty to act as a responsible citizen in our communities. We are supporting local, state and federal efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus. We each have a responsibility to heed warnings from medical professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adhere to appropriate social distancing practices. It is our duty to help protect those in our society who are most at risk.

As a result, WREC has closed its offices to in-person transactions. Our commitment to reliability remains unchanged. Please continue to report every outage to our dispatch center by calling 1-800-566-6696.

Our efforts to provide excellent service require healthy employees. Those who are able to work remotely are being asked to work from home. These measures are meant to protect the health of WREC’s members and employees. That does not mean you should expect us to be any less responsive to your needs. Our drive-through windows and payment drop boxes remain open, and there are online and phone service payment options for those who wish to contact us or pay remotely.

Regardless of the circumstances, we are still actively engaged every day in providing the best possible service to our members. We are here for you.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we all remember the important roles we share in building our communities. Our daily functions may change, but WREC’s commitment to you will not. Even in isolation, electricity ensures we remain connected, we remain a community and we remain more powerful together.

We will meet these challenging times just as we always have: together.

Clay R. Fitch
Chief Executive Officer