TCEC Member Advisory: Cool off electricity use with energy saving tools

Summer forecast predicts hotter than normal conditions.  With temperatures rising, air conditioners are kicking on causing higher electricity use. That translates to higher electric bills. Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) reminds members the cooperative has tools to help members monitor their energy use and find energy saving tips.

“We have not changed our rates,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC chief executive officer. “The biggest factor affecting a member’s bill is how much electricity they use and we’re here to help them manage that if they like.”

Local winners powered up at Youth Power energy camp

Three area eighth grade student delegates from TCEC recently returned from the 2016 Rural Electric Youth Power Energy Camp. The delegates were among nearly 90 outstanding eighth graders chosen from across the state for the four-day camp held at Canyon Camp near Hinton, Oklahoma.

Water and mud hamper power outage restoration efforts

On the afternoon of May 18 at about 2:20 p.m., TCEC members reported an outage in the Elkhart, Kansas, area. Personnel were dispatched immediately. Power came back on after the brief outage but TCEC employees continued to look for the source of the issue into the evening hours. The cause of the outage was a broken switch jumper on a high voltage transmission line that feeds the town of Elkhart. Unfortunately, the transmission pole was located in a low area that had accumulated several feet of water.

Wind blows power out for thousands in Panhandle

In the late evening hours of May 10 through the early morning hours of May 11, power was out for many people in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The cause was high winds damaging a transmission line in the Keyes area. Winds up to 70 miles per hour blew together two transmission lines and they burned through, falling to the ground.

The Guymon, Hooker and Optima areas were out for about an hour. Boise City, Felt, Keyes and Elkhart, Kansas were out of power for about four hours. At the height of the outage, as many as 12,700 were without power.

TCEC dedicates first Community Solar project in Oklahoma

Blowing dirt and wind didn’t deter TCEC’s leaders, board of trustees, local chamber representatives and community solar subscribers from arriving at the solar array for a dedication photo. TCEC had employees in a bucket above and on the ground take a couple of shots before the crowd ran inside for the remainder of the special ceremony.

When City of Guymon Mayor Kim Peterson stood to read the proclamation declaring April 26, 2016, as TCEC Community Solar Day, he began by saying the situation brought the words from a popular song to mind, ‘The sun will come out tomorrow.’


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Community Solar subscriptions now available

TCEC Community Solar subscriptions are now available to the cooperative’s residential members for $340 each. Members can purchase subscriptions based on their average annual energy use. As people driving by the cooperative’s new headquarters in Hooker on U.S. Highway 54 can see, TCEC has installed a solar array with 3,840 panels for the benefit of its members. TCEC was the first utility in Oklahoma to offer a community solar option.

Eighth Graders win free trip to Energy Camp

On February 18 and 19, TCEC presented four area eighth graders with a free trip to the 2016 Energy Camp. Thirteen students from area schools applied and four of them were selected through the application process. The winners received an all-expense paid youth leadership trip to Energy Camp in Red Rock Canyon, Hinton, Oklahoma. 
Each of the winners were presented their award at a surprise school assembly. The delegates TCEC will send to Energy Camp are:

High school juniors win cooperative leadership trips

Five high school juniors were awarded 2016 Gold and Silver youth trip awards by TCEC on February 8. Sixteen students from area schools applied and 12 of them were interviewed for the for all-expense paid youth leadership trips this summer to either Washington, D.C., or Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

TCEC announces partnership with BarberWind Turbines, LLC

Hooker, OK - February 10, 2016 – On Friday, February 5, three trucks rolled into the yard at TCEC and began unloading. The shipment is the first of several containing the assemblies of a BWT-800kW wind turbine to be erected at TCEC. 


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