OEC board of trustees approves $5.3 million in capital credits to be paid to members

OEC’s board of trustees has authorized the distribution of over $5.3 million in capital credits to members of the cooperative who purchased electricity during parts of 2008 — $1.6 million of which is being passed on by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC, OEC's wholesale power provider) to those who were members from 1977 to 1987.  

More than 20,400 current members and almost 3,900 former members are set to receive a capital credit check, which might have already arrived.

OEC Fiber releases internet, phone packages — prices coming soon

Excitement continues to grow as OEC Fiber continues to work on building out its fiber network. Crews are working throughout OEC's service territory to cover as much ground as possible to bring members high-speed fiber services quickly.

Below are internet and phone packages that will be made available to customers once construction is completed in your area. Visit www.OECFiber.com for more information on the packages and to sign up for updates so you are the first to know when prices are released.

ORU disbursements surpass $5 million

At its August meeting, the OEC Foundation approved over $20,000, making the total amount granted to organizations and families in OEC's service area greater than $5 million.

Created in 1993 as a way to give back to our communities, Operation Round Up® (ORU) has become a reliable source of funding for certain nonprofits across OEC's seven-county service area. From Meals on Wheels of Norman and Veterans Corner to Citizens Advisory Board and countless other organizations, the generosity of OEC's members reaches far and wide.

Two OEC linemen begin journey to Guatemala

Fifteen co-op volunteer linemen departed the country on Sept. 16 for Guatemala. One of the team members was District Lineman Brad Scott.

Led by OEC’s own Derec Janaway, the team is on a mission to build power lines in two isolated villages – Pie de Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas – in the region of Ixcán near the Mexican border, providing first-time electricity to 100 families, two health centers, two elementary schools and five churches. 

OEC announces Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

Do you own an electric vehicle or are you thinking of purchasing one? These economic modes of transportation are becoming more popular, and OEC is rewarding members who are taking part.

"We are offering a half-price rate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for those with electric vehicles," said Daniel Lofland, energy efficiency and solutions specialist. "In addition, those with a level 2 charging station installed in their home will receive a $450 rebate."

Building community through giving

Thirty-six OEC employees teamed up with Citizens Advisory Board and Food and Shelter, Inc. during United Way of Norman's (UWN) Day of Caring (DOC). The annual service event brought together over 600 volunteers from businesses in Cleveland County. Over 30 nonprofit agencies in Norman, Moore, Little Axe and Noble benefitted from DOC, which kicked off UWN's annual fundraising campaign.

Full steam ahead for OEC Fiber

All summer, OEC Fiber networking and construction crews have been building a broadband network to bring you high-speed internet. You may have seen some crews working near your home or office making the magic happen. While there's still a way to go, we’re getting closer every day.

We hope you were able to attend OEC's 81st Annual Meeting Aug. 10. We were absolutely thrilled to see how many of you are interested in OEC Fiber and bringing our services to your communities. 

When we say we’re taking high-speed internet where no one else will, we really mean it. 

OEC, Little Axe Public Schools shine light on LED rebate program

OEC cut a big check to Little Axe Public Schools — $27,936 — as a rebate for the schools’ recent transition to LED lighting. 

Little Axe replaced every light bulb on its property with an LED version totaling over 4,500 lamps. 

“It was a pretty big initial investment,” said Little Axe Superintendent Jay Thomas. “But, we are already reaping the benefits.” 

OEC helps fight hunger, feed hope

Fourteen OEC employees on Aug. 22 spent the afternoon volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Moore Food and Resource Center as part of OEC Empowers, an internal initiative encouraging employees to give back to the communities we serve.

"The Moore Food and Resource Center is a vital part of the community of Moore that helps feed thousands of families each month," said Brianna Wall, editorial and events coordinator. "Many of the employees who volunteered — including myself — live in Moore and are proud to give back to a community that gives us so much."