Local 8th Graders Win Trip to Energy Camp

Norman, OK—Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) sent four exceptional students to Energy Camp with 90 other eighth-graders, from across the state. The 2018 Energy Camp was held May 29-June 1 and included fantastic experiences like climbing a utility pole, getting a bird’s eye view of camp from the top of a bucket truck, a trip to Celebration Station in Oklahoma City, and plenty of swimming and sand volleyball.

The dawn of OEC Fiber

Some of you may recall the day your home or farm received electricity for the very first time. Others no doubt have heard stories about how work was done before the lights came on. How life-changing that moment must have been: to finally experience a world previously accessible only to "city folk." Only accessible to those who could bring profits to investor-owned utilities. Entire rural communities were forgotten and overlooked until a handful of farmers in 1937 said otherwise.

Safety Guidelines for Generators

When severe storms and natural disasters cause power outages, it can be an inconvenience—or even a problem—to be without electricity. Purchasing a backup generator can help with preparation for such power outages and provide peace of mind. As with all things involving electricity, the incorrect use of generators can create potentially hazardous situations. Safe Electricity outlines essential considerations in purchasing the right generator and safely operate it.

Electrifying the World

OEC lineman Derec Janaway was selected to lead a team of eight volunteer linemen — including OEC District Lineman Brad Scott — to electrify remote communities in the northwestern part of Guatemala this coming fall. Janaway traveled to Bolivia in 2016 for a similar cause.

“Bringing electricity to areas that have none takes us back to our roots of rural electrification,” says Chris Meyers, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) general manager.