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May 25, 2013

Man honored for power co-op work

“The recognition was a complete surprise,” said Wayne Marshfield, assistant general manager at Delaware County Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Delhi, and recipient of the “Governor George D. Aiken Award.”

Occasionally, the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (NEAEC) grants the award to individuals affiliated with 11 cooperatives from the New England states and New York. 

“All of the cooperatives agreed that Wayne Marshfield is deserving of this award for two reasons,” said Mark Schneider, CEO of Delaware County Electric Cooperative. “He is living and serving the cooperative principles, and he puts service to the members first.”

Unbeknown to Marshfield, the Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) nominated him for the George Aiken Award. The award was presented at the NEAEC Annual Conference last week in Vermont.

“I went to the annual conference as an invited speaker,” said Wayne Marshfield, who gave a presentation on the Smart Grid, the latest technology that can provide not only operational benefits for cooperatives, but also provide members with online access to detailed usage information. The data helps members better understand consumption patterns and enable them to become more energy-efficient.

“Wayne’s presentation was informative to the other cooperatives and well-received,” said Paul Menke, a member of the DCEC Board of Directors.

Menke, the CEO, and other representatives from Delaware County also attended the conference. The large association draws in more than 100 representatives with the intent to deliver better electrical service. The cooperatives vary in size. For example, the Fox Island Co-op has 1,000 members while the New Hampshire Coop has 60,000 members. Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) serves 5,300 members. It has more than 800 miles of distribution line and serves members in Delaware and Schoharie Counties along with portions of Otsego and Chenango counties.

Although in 1930 nearly 90 percent of urban dwellers had electricity, much of the rural population did not. Under President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, the governor of Vermont, George D. Aiken, was instrumental in bringing electricity to farms and residents of the countryside. After his governorship, Aiken then served as a United States senator from 1941 to 1975, continuing to champion rural electrification.

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