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Oklahoma Living magazine recognizes TCEC communicator

OKLAHOMA CITY - JuliAnn Graham, TCEC communications coordinator, recently received recognition in the 2015 “OKIES” statewide awards program, sponsored by Oklahoma Living magazine and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.  Graham received an Award of Excellence in the Best Lead category for “Lights Out,” a feature on the Okie-Tex Star Party held in Kenton, Okla.  

Beware of scams targeting TCEC members

TCEC members have recently reported receiving phone calls claiming their electricity will be turned off unless they make an immediate payment. Individuals impersonating TCEC and other utilities try to gain access to the member’s bank account or ask for payment through a third-party vendor or a prepaid card. Payment scams like this are an issue nationwide so it’s important all members are aware of the possibility they may be contacted.

TCEC observes Fire Prevention and Cooperative Month with donation to first responders

Area first responders received financial donations from Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) on Oct. 22. Zac Perkins, TCEC chief operating officer, presented the checks during a recent meeting. TCEC also provided the barbecue meal for the meeting. October is Fire Prevention Month and National Cooperative Month so the timing was perfect for the contributions.

Where is the front door? TCEC asks members to use its west entrance

Where is the front door? TCEC members are asking. The main entrance for members and visitors is on the west side of the facility off Mile 46 Road. This is the entrance with the U.S. and Oklahoma flags flying in front and has a smaller parking lot.

Because TCEC’s headquarters is a brand new location, online directions like MapQuest or Google may not work successfully yet.

To find TCEC, follow these directions:

Pumpkins at the Park event celebrates Co-op Month

Sunset Lake at Thompson Park in Guymon will be covered in orange the evening of October 20. Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) are holding a free pumpkin patch event to celebrate National Co-op Month. Pumpkins at the Park promises fun for the whole family with free rides on the Lions Club train, free photos, and a pumpkin decorating contest under the Lions Pavilion. Participants will enjoy free hot dogs, water and cookies.

TCEC to sell transmission assets to increase reliability and reduce costs

TCEC and GridLiance Holdco, through subsidiary South Central MCN LLC (“GridLiance”), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GridLiance will acquire TCEC’s electric transmission assets, including approximately 410 miles of 69 and 115 kV transmission lines and the related substation infrastructure. TCEC will use the proceeds to reduce debt.

TCEC breaks ground on community solar array

In a special ceremony on August 18 TCEC celebrated the groundbreaking of its one megawatt community solar array located at its headquarters in Hooker, which will be the first of its kind in Oklahoma.


Severe weather causes widespread outages

Kaboom! Sudden darkness. Don’t you hate that? TCEC does too. Nine substations lost power causing outages from Hooker west to Felt for about 5,700 member accounts on the evening of July 15 due to severe weather.

How long does it take to get the power back on? TCEC linemen carefully check lines and substations to make sure the power equipment is not damaged.

“Although it takes time to patrol the lines, this ensures the public’s safety and helps to prevent any further damage to our power lines or equipment,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC’s chief operating officer.

Real estate for sale

TCEC is running the below ads in area newspapers through August 18, 2015, when bids close. For a larger, printable version of the ads below, click the link below the image or the image itself. For more information or to schedule a viewing, call 580-652-2418 ext. 855 to speak with Zac Perkins.

Elkhart members: Cool off electric bills with energy saving tools

Summer has arrived, temperatures are rising, air conditioners are kicking on and electric bills are higher due to increased energy use. Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) reminds members the cooperative has tools to help members monitor their energy use and find energy saving tips.

“We have not changed our rates,” said Chris Purdy, TCEC vice president of Member Solutions. “The biggest factor affecting a member’s bill is how much electricity they use and we’re here to help them manage that if they like.”


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