Co-op Month: How people provide stability

Wayne Child Substation Groundbreaking

In May 2012, a new 345-kilovolt substation was named after Wayne Child. He looks at the engraving on the shovel at the groundbreaking.

Wayne Child is a symbol of stability. He has shown this by dedicating nearly four decades of service to co-ops. High West Energy of Pine Bluffs, WY, is his home cooperative, which he represents on the board of Tri-state Generation and Transmission Association in Westminster, CO. He represents all of Tri-State’s member cooperatives on Basin Electric’s board of directors. He also served as board president for 13 years.

Since 1973, when Child was elected to High West Energy’s board, he has been leading the transformation of his cooperative from basic wires and poles to automated metering infrastructure and high standards for reliability. His cooperative thought so highly of his loyal service that High West Energy board members voted to name a new 345-kilovolt substation after him. May 2012 was the groundbreaking for the substation.

Child, also a cattle rancher, took a break from ranching to look back on his service to electric cooperatives. To find out what he had to say, read the article found in the September-October 2012 issue of Basin Today Magazine: Basin Electric and the membership building a better world.

In 2011, Child volunteered to go bald for Basin Electric’s St. Baldrick’s charity event. Watch the video to see Child go under the clippers.

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