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Oklahoma Panhandle breezes through

TCEC is always prepared to respond to potential weather events such as the forecasted blizzard over Christmas weekend. Although, the Oklahoma Panhandle breezed through the weekend without snow, the area was hit by bitter cold, dry winds. 

Sunday morning was busy for TCEC as the cooperative dispatched a crew to repair a blown insulator on the main transmission line on the edge of the town of Keyes. To perform the repairs, power was turned off for the towns of Boise City, Keyes, Elkhart, Kansas and rural areas in between. TCEC notified hospitals, churches and other businesses by phone. TCEC also posted a notice and updates throughout the repair time on its social media. 

Chris Purdy, TCEC vice president of Member Solutions said, “The actual outage time was less than 12 minutes due to the thorough preparation by our crews in advance. The expertise and preparedness of our crews kept the outage time to a minimum.”

Other parts of Oklahoma were hit by severe weather over the weekend and in true cooperative spirit, TCEC has responded to one of its sister cooperative’s call for aid. On Sunday, TCEC sent two crews to Southwest Rural Electric Association (SWREA) in Tipton, Oklahoma. SWREA reported a number of pole losses and lines down from a combination of freezing rain and high winds.

“TCEC will continue to keep members informed during outage situations,” Purdy said. “We appreciate the support and positive comments from our members.”

​TCEC members can visit to find ways to prepare for power outages.
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Headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to improving the quality of life for its members and communities by delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The cooperative serves about 23,000 meters in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit


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