Outage reduction goal crushed by 20 minutes

To be in the top third lowest outage times among electric cooperatives, a co-op must have a system average interruption duration index (SAIDI) score of 78 or less; OEC recently scored a remarkable 67 among distribution co-ops, placing us well below the average score of 126 among National Rural Electric Cooperative Association electric co-ops nationwide. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported investor-owned utility scores ranging from 100 to 158 in 2016. When considering Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC, OEC’s wholesale power provider) outage times, OEC’s score is 84.

New Equipment Decreases Outage Times

In 2017, OEC installed its first Tavrida recloser, designed to clear transient faults and isolate permanent faults. In other words, the recloser prevents a large number of members from losing power due to a minor disturbance. As maintenance crews install these state-of-the-art devices across OEC’s service area, they will ensure fewer members are affected when a fault occurs and allow for more automation in the future.

EIA makes first 2019 predictions

By Michael W. Kahn

Federal energy officials have made their first forecasts for 2019, and they expect to see modest growth in the nation's electricity consumption, with a record set for renewables.

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts a 1.3 percent consumption increase this year, followed by a rise of just 0.5 percent in 2019.