Employees complete leadership training

Twenty OEC employees recently completed the Employee Development and Leadership Program, a program intended to motivate employees to develop a knowledge base of all facets of the co-op, not just the areas in which they work on a daily basis. Spanning two years, the program consisted of classroom courses, the reading of leadership and development books, job shadowing, volunteer work, touring other cooperatives, giving a presentation and more.

OEC Foundation partners with Operation School Bell

The OEC Foundation, Inc. over the past 15 years has donated over $140,000 to the Assistance League of Norman (ALN) for its Operation School Bell program. The tradition continued in October when the Foundation's board of directors granted $10,000 to the organization."We are proud to support such a generous cause in the community," said Joyce Wallace, OEC Foundation board president.

From the Top, CEO Patrick Grace

I hope your holiday season has gotten off to a great start. As our annual events wind down at OEC, we've been looking ahead to next year and working hard to ensure we're constantly improving our members' quality of life through the safe delivery of highly reliable, reasonably priced electric service, innovative energy programs and exceptional member service. In order to do that, we have tweaked the 2018 residential and small commercial rate. Beginning Jan. 1, the service availability charge (SAC) is increasing from 75¢ per day to 83¢ per day.

OEC publications claim five statewide awards

The Co-op News member magazine, Watts Watt employee magazine and other member communication pieces won statewide awards in the 2017 Oklahoma Communications Contest, hosted by Oklahoma Living magazine. 

OEC received Awards of Excellence for Best Layout and Design for the Co-op News, Best Internal Newsletter and Best Annual Report. The newly reimagined new member packet  and promotion of OEC’s 80th Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Night received Awards of Merit for Best Creative Communications Piece and Best Marketing Campaign, respectively.

OEC Unveils Live Line Safety Education

OEC values electric safety and believes in educating first responders, emergency personnel, children and the general public on the dangers of electricity. With our new Live Line Demo, we will be able to do just that.

“The safety of everyone — not just OEC employees and members — is a priority for us, and this Live Line Demo will help ensure the safety of everyone who encounters electricity,” said Energy Efficiency and Solutions Specialist Daniel Lofland, who adopted the idea from a similar demo at CoServ Electric Cooperative in Texas.

ORU Grant Provides Life-Saving Equipment

A June 2017 Operation Round Up® (ORU) grant to the Newcastle Fire Department (NFD) proved to be a life-saving decision when the department's fire fighters used the equipment to save a person's life following a vehicle accident. The $2,830 grant allowed the NFD to update its extrication equipment, meaning quicker and more efficient work when responding to vehicle accidents involving entrapment.

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