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Co-op Connections: Sound Service of Guymon

TCEC members who present their card at Sound Service in Guymon will receive a free four-pack of batteries with the purchase of any items requiring batteries.

Save the date for annual meeting 2016

Mark your calendars for TCEC’s annual meeting of the membership. Enjoy a free barbecue meal while hearing an update on your electric cooperative. Plus, every member who attends will receive a free gift. Many members in attendance will win door prizes. One lucky member will win a $500 grand prize. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to be part of your local electric cooperative.

Tax Helps Local Schools

In 2015, TCEC members with service in Oklahoma contributed more than $1.8 million to local secondary schools through the state’s gross receipts tax. This two percent tax appears on electric bills under the ‘other taxes’ line item. The taxes are allocated based on the number of miles of electric line in the school district.

Snake shorts power out on Saturday night

On a warm summer Saturday night, July 23, as the sun set shortly after 9 p.m., TCEC members in Boise City, Keyes and Elkhart lost power without warning. Members called to report outages and a TCEC service technician and relay technician were dispatched immediately. The system showed a transmission issue so two additional service technicians and the on call crew were dispatched to start patrolling about 70 miles of transmission line to find the cause. The TCEC communications team started posting updates for members on Facebook and Twitter to keep members aware of the work being done.

Electrical safety warning for Pokémon Go players

TCEC and other utilities are reminding players of Pokémon Go to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment. The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real world places to “catch” Pokémon.

Pokémon turn up everywhere—from grocery stores to hospitals. But they’re also appearing at electric substations, drawing players into dangerous situations.

Youth Tour sights excite juniors

The trip of a lifetime. That’s what the chance to attend the Youth Tour trip represents for many high school juniors. TCEC's three delegates recently returned from Washington, D.C., excited by all they saw. L-R Braeden Fields, Karli Cotter, Nathaniel Rodriquez

TCEC answers your questions at solar sessions in July

Community solar is a hot topic and TCEC has answers to your questions. Five solar sessions will be hosted throughout the electric cooperative’s service territory. Members interested in attending are encouraged to register and pre-submit questions online at

TCEC Member Advisory: Cool off electricity use with energy saving tools

Summer forecast predicts hotter than normal conditions.  With temperatures rising, air conditioners are kicking on causing higher electricity use. That translates to higher electric bills. 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 Zac Perkins, TCEC chief executive officer. “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.”

Local winners powered up at Youth Power energy camp

Three area eighth grade student delegates from TCEC recently returned from the 2016 Rural Electric Youth Power Energy Camp. The delegates were among nearly 90 outstanding eighth graders chosen from across the state for the four-day camp held at Canyon Camp near Hinton, Oklahoma.

Water and mud hamper power outage restoration efforts

On the afternoon of May 18 at about 2:20 p.m., TCEC members reported an outage in the Elkhart, Kansas, area. Personnel were dispatched immediately. Power came back on after the brief outage but TCEC employees continued to look for the source of the issue into the evening hours. The cause of the outage was a broken switch jumper on a high voltage transmission line that feeds the town of Elkhart. Unfortunately, the transmission pole was located in a low area that had accumulated several feet of water.


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