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Cedar City Rotary Club
May 9, 2017
Club President David Westwood conducted the meeting, opening with the singing of God Bless America. Gene Hotinger led The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Rex Shipp offered the prayer. David led the singing of Smile.
David welcomed guests Dr. Kunle Alarape from Nigeria and his guest, a SUU student from The Republic of Congo.
District Conference in Park City – May 18-20, 2017: President David reminded everyone of the District 5420 Annual Conference and encouraged those who have yet to register to do so. Jon Huntsman, Sr. will be honored for his service at the Conference. Speakers will inspire and motivate on Friday and Saturday mornings. Great local service projects on Friday afternoon will be followed by a BBQ and Line Dance. On Saturday afternoon, you’ll select from optional activities and enjoy your weekend in Park City. Register online at www.utahrotary.org and join fellow Rotarians for a celebration of the great work we do! If you have questions or need help registering, contact President David.
Annual Rotary Benefit Golf Tournament: Glade confirmed and solicited additional volunteers for the May 10th event at Cedar Ridge Golf Course. Volunteers are to report at 11:00 am to register and promote door prize donations. The golf teams will tee off at 1 pm. Winning door prize tickets can be redeemed at 5 pm and team prizes after all teams have reported their scores.
Happy Dollars: President David filled in for Sergeant-at-Arms Roger Thomas. David shared humorous quotes from Order in the Courtroom which is a collection of outlandish questions and/or answers from real courtroom experiences.
Frank Nichols offered Happy Dollars in appreciation for Ken Englehart whose pledge to donate $1,000,000 to The Rotary Foundation has been met. Ken explained that the home he and Helen owned in Hurricane was finally purchased, making the donation possible. Glade Hamilton, 2015-2016 District Governor when Ken made his pledge, asked and received a standing ovation for Ken.
Dave Oberhelman was happy to report that four SUU Thunderbird football players have been signed as free-agents to the NFL. Neal Smith offered $$ in response to comments made about the Giants last season; so far this season, their win-loss record is 11 – 22. Sherrie Hansen thanked Neal Smith for his “heads-up” correcting her Facebook post about a University of Utah safety being signed to the NFL. Sherrie explained she interpreted the “S” for safety to mean Southern Utah.
Rex Shipp’s Happy Dollars were for a family trip and gathering to Oregon where he oldest daughter, her husband and four children live. Todd Boyer’s $$ were for his second son’s departure for his LDS Mission to Virginia Chesapeake. Todd also wished all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.
Gae Lynn Froyd introduced Mike Warner who is heading up our area for Dominion Energy which purchased Questar last fall. Mike has been with working in the energy field for thirty-six years. He said he began his career in nuclear, spent twenty years in coal and two years in wind. He noted that the majority of his career was in energy generation.
According to Mike Warner, Dominion has 240,000 megawatts of power generating facilities, 12,000 miles of natural gas transmission and 6,490 miles of electric transmission lines. It is publicly traded and has a value of $42 billion. Forty percent of the U.S. population lives in the area where Dominion is located. Dominion’s acquisition of Questar Corp. forms a new utility giant with 2.5 million electric customers and 2.3 million gas customers. The combined company will operate more than 15,500 of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 24,300 megawatts.
Salt Lake City is now the Western hub for Dominion, which provides electrical and natural-gas services throughout the mid-Atlantic region, making it one of the country’s largest energy companies. Questar had nearly one million customers, about 97% are based in Utah. The other 3% are in Wyoming and Idaho. Dominion’s solar energy profile is mostly in the West with Utah having eight project sites including Milford. Mike noted that power purchases agreements usually occur where there is a law requiring energy sources and where the sun or wind is reliable. Iron County has over 320 days of sunshine making it perfect for solar energy generation. Mike’s PowerPoint photos demonstrated the solar panels and the automated equipment that enabled them to follow the sun’s rays; thereby maximizing its light as the power source. He said that the biggest demand is in the morning and in the evening when solar needs to be augmented with natural gas, etc. The biggest operational challenge for a utility is maintaining the grid stability during those peak usage times of morning and evening.
He said the lifespan of an average solar site is twenty years and each year of operation there is a degrading of the production capability. An 80 megawatt plot consists of 330,000 panels. One megawatt is enough power for 167 homes. The Newcastle site consists of 330,000 panels in the 400 acre-plus field. In addition of the natural aging degradation, strong winds cause damage and sometimes rip the panels off their mountings. Natural soiling cause of dust settling on the panels requires cleaning. The panels are angled so the snow usually slides off them. The good news about solar panels is the cost going down. In 2009, the generation cost per watt was $4.46; in 2016, the cost was $1.42.
Adjournment: President Elect Todd Boyer thanked Mike Warner for his presentation and led the affirmation of Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do and adjourned the meeting.
May 16th: Our Rotary Exchange Student, Noemi, will be sharing her experiences during her stay in Cedar City as a student at Cedar High School.
May 23rd: Kathy Wyatt, wife of SUU President Scott Wyatt, will be discussing the new child care facility that is being built at Southern Utah University.
May 30th: Frank Nichols and Paul Monroe are organizing a field trip to water conservancy project sites. Plans include a lunch at SWATC, followed by either a bus or vehicle caravan to designated sites. Exact times, etc. will be announced when finalized.