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Our responsibility: A message from

            Associated Electric’s CEO and general manager

            As an electric cooperative owned by and accountable to our members, Associated
            Electric creates value by generating electricity responsibly, reliably and affordably. This

            is not a new objective of the cooperative; it has been our long-term focus. This report
            details some of our many accomplishments and the ongoing work underway to make                                            Planning helps reduce carbon footprint
            good on our commitment to deliver responsible value to Associated’s six G&T owners                                        Associated’s long-range environmental planning is key to responsible stewardship of the air, land and water
            and the 51 member distribution cooperatives they serve, ultimately providing electricity                                  on which our rural communities depend. When forming our long-term investment and development plans, a

            to 2.1 million consumers.                                                                                                 range of scenarios undergo evaluation, which includes carbon emissions.
                                                                                                                                      Certainty on the regulation of carbon emissions remains elusive. The Environmental Protection Agency put
            As we plan for an energy future that is constantly evolving, we know three things for certain:                            forth a new plan, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, under the Trump administration. It was released in
                                                                                                                                      August 2018, replacing the Clean Power Plan, which was introduced in 2014. In January 2021, the D.C. Circuit
            Responsibly generating electricity isn’t optional, it is a way of life for our cooperative. Making the right              Court vacated the ACE rule, sending it back to EPA to develop a new rule. Even so, Associated continues to
            decisions for the right reasons ensures effective stewardship of the environment and safeguards our members’              responsibly improve and manage its carbon footprint.
            quality of life.
                                                                                                                                      Associated’s goal is to always remain compliant with all environmental regulations.
            Reliability cannot be sacrificed in today’s energy dependent world. Businesses throughout our three-
            state system depend on electricity for their livelihoods. Now as much as ever before, members require reliable
            power for their communities and lives at work and home in rural Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa.

            Affordability for members through low-cost power is essential. The economic well-being of our members
            is top priority for us every day. At Associated, we never forget who pays the bills.

            We understand member expectations will evolve over time. Our pledge is to build on our rich heritage, carefully
            evaluate the present and continuously prepare to serve members responsibly and with exceptional value into
            the future.


            David J. Tudor, CEO and general manager

                                                                                                                                                                             Clear Creek Wind Farm began delivering electricity to Associated in 2020.

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