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.

2018 Leadership Summit scholarship winners announced

OEC awarded two $250 scholarships in January: one to Ally Burchett of Blanchard and one to Autumn Franklin of Norman.

The two stellar students were selected to attend the 2018 Leadership Summit, a one-day leadership workshop where those in attendance learn team-building and leadership skills. The Summit took place Jan. 27 at the Chesapeake Energy Finish Line Tower in Oklahoma City's Bouthouse District.

The value of electricity continues to shine

By Derrill Holly

How many of us remember dropping into an OEC office with our parents and grandparents to pay the light bill? Whether you do that in person, by mail or online today, paying your monthly bill does a lot more than just keep the lights on. 

Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the necessities and conveniences we enjoy in part because of the power lines running to the electric meter outside your home. 

Free Energy Audit for OEC Members!

In 2017, OEC helped over 200 members find ways to cut their energy costs and save money through the Co-op Home Energy Efficiency Program. As part of our mission to improve our members' quality of life through the safe delivery of highly reliable, reasonably priced electric service, innovative energy programs and exceptional member service, we want to help you find savings on your energy bill this year. It's part of the premium service you receive as an OEC member.

 

WHAT DOES THE HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM OFFER?

Electrifying a nation: Clint Mobley reflects on his journey to Guatemala

Sixty-five homes in a poor, rural Guatemalan village received light this past October, while Clint Mobley, one of OEC’s own linemen, gained a new perspective and appreciation for a world so unlike his own. 

Mobley has worked as an OEC lineman for the past 12 years and has always heard about the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) international projects. However, he had never considered going on a trip himself until this year, when he was encouraged to apply and submitted his application in early 2017. 

OEC searching for best 8th graders

OEC is searching for the best and brightest eighth grade students in our seven-county service area to send to the action-packed, four day Youth Power Energy Camp!

Energy Camp is set for May 29-June 1 at Canyon Camp and Conference Center near Hinton. Each year, OEC sponsors up to four students to attend the camp, where they will join 80 of their peers from across the state. Energy Camp helps develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative principles, rural electrification and electrical safety.

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