OEC Crowns 2018 Youth Tour Winners

OEC awarded all-expenses-paid trips to eight extremely talented high school juniors during the 2018 Youth Tour Banquet held March 5. The top four finishers, Audrey Bradford from Amber-Pocasset High School, Jasmine Williams and Josie McFarland from Newcastle High School, and Lauren Berry from Westmoore High School, won a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. on Oklahoma's Youth Tour.

The Future of Electric Rates

By Brianna Wall

The last 80-plus years of electric rates have conditioned us to believe the cost of electricity is around 11¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) — a national average. Realistically, the electricity itself is the cheapest part of our electric bills; only about 3.5¢ per kWh. If that’s the case, why have we been paying 11¢ per kWh all these years?

The Importance of the OEC Solar Garden

OEC’s Solar Garden, an innovative new approach to providing solar power to our membership, is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. Each member can now benefit from renewable energy without the significant capital investment and upkeep required to maintain solar panels on their individual properties — and without being required to pay a hefty, per panel subscription fee.

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.