From the Top with CEO Patrick Grace – November 2022

As an electric co-op, OEC is uniquely positioned to be a champion of the communities we serve. It is a task we do not take lightly. We continue to sharpen our skills and knowledge so we can not only fulfill our mission to provide safe and reliable electricity to you, our members, but so we can extend our help to the communities here at home and far away.

Last month, we welcomed back two of our linemen from an Energy Trails trip to Guatemala. Brad Hunter and Matthew Caldwell joined a group of linemen from Oklahoma and Colorado to build electricity to a rural Guatemalan village for the very first time. I encourage you to read their story and be inspired by their passion for their work.

Speaking of linemen, seven of our linemen graduated from Northern Lineman College and were awarded their Journeyman Linemen certificates last month. Some of them have waited two years to accept their certificates live in person. This certification program is a testament to our commitment to developing our employees internally. Being a Journeyman Lineman is a big deal and a long, intensive commitment to becoming an expert in their field.

The expertise to replace a pole in the middle of the night during an outage is a skill that translates into our ability to help build our community. We took part in United Way of Norman’s Day of Caring to satisfy the unmet needs and aspirations of the members we serve. You can read more about our volunteer efforts here.

An additional branch of our commitment to the communities we serve is the OEC Foundation’s Operation Round Up program. It supports many of the nonprofit agencies across our service area as a way to expand our reach throughout all seven counties in our system. You can read about how Operation Round Up is making a difference each month here and at www.okcoop.org/ORU.

Giving back to our community is essential to what we do at OEC. Through programs like Energy Trails and Operation Round Up, we can make a real difference in the lives of those who live and work in our communities.

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Banding Together

Oklahoma co-ops come together to form the Cooperative Broadband Coalition

The Cooperative Broadband Coalition (CBC) is a statewide organization dedicated to advancing the mission of expanding rural broadband across Oklahoma. This group works to provide fast, reliable internet service to all Oklahomans by bringing fiber subsidiaries together to combat the unique challenge of staying connected in the twenty-first century. 

Electric cooperatives have been powering the homes of rural Oklahoma since President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Rural Electrification Act in 1936. Each of these electric cooperatives provides essential services to people in their area, but they have not always had enough influence on their own to overcome every obstacle set before them. That is where the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) steps in. This statewide organization helps co-ops pool their resources and band together to ensure we all have the necessary resources to provide our collective members with top-tier service.

One of the most recent examples is House Bill 3835. You may remember receiving emails asking you to contact your representatives. Because of the widespread effects of the bill, OAEC provided valuable resources for all co-ops to encourage the members they serve to help defeat this bill.

In a similar fashion, 10 electric distribution cooperatives with fiber subsidiaries, like OEC and OEC Fiber, banded together to create the CBC, an affiliate of OAEC. Together, they provide service to 46 counties in Oklahoma and Arkansas, with over 78,000 subscribers and more than 16,000 miles of fiber line.

While these groups differ in size, their missions are the same. The CBC exists to ensure everyone can access the reliable high-speed broadband service they need. Each subsidiary sees this as an extension of the cooperatives’ directive to bring much-needed service to underserved areas. The core principle of Concern for Community is the driving force behind what these subsidiaries do.

Coming together to form the CBC demonstrates another cooperative principle, Collaboration Among Cooperatives. By forming the CBC and meeting with several legislative groups, they have ensured the construction of a network that will provide exceptional service for years to come.

OAEC and CBC help ensure OEC and OEC Fiber have the resources to provide our members and subscribers with the services they need. These statewide organizations are integral to what sets us apart from other service providers. They ensure our voices are heard and we are given a seat at the table. They prove that, like the cooperatives that came before, we can accomplish far more together than we ever could apart.

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Constructing Futures

Businesses unite to introduce teens to construction trade careers, including power line work

Students as young as middle school are preparing for life outside of school. That path often involves college and formal degrees, but one group of forward-minded entrepreneurs gives students more options.

Construct My Future, a week-long summer camp, is designed to allow teens to explore the many careers offered in the construction trades, many of which don’t require college education.

“A group of us in the construction industry got together and created a free summer camp for seventh and eighth graders,” said Will Blake, a founding member of Construct My Future and owner of Vesta Foundation Solutions. “We wanted to allow kids to learn about the wide spectrum of trades while making it fun.”

OEC was one of the many vendors instructing this summer’s inaugural camp. Linemen from OEC demonstrated how they safely climb poles, work on electrical lines, and taught electricity basics. In addition to learning about the electric utility field, kids had the chance to participate in the Live Line demonstration 

led by Energy Efficiency Solutions Specialist, and former  Journeyman Lineman, Daniel Lofland.

“This camp was a great marriage of a career fair type event mixed with some actual hands-on training like at a trade school,” Lofland said. “They were exposed to different careers but also handed tools and learned what it takes to do the work in those industries. Ours showcased the dangers our linemen work around every day and why we want the public to stay away from downed powerlines. We then strapped some hooks and a belt on some of the kids and let them try and climb a few poles.”

Students attending construction camp participated in immersive demonstrations from various vendors, each day exploring industries including carpentry, heavy machinery and HVAC, Blake said. Most presentations are hands-on, which sparks a serious interest in students.

“We were thinking we would need more video games and virtual activities to get kids excited because a lot of education these days is driven by technology,” Blake said. “But they were more interested in setting insulators on power poles than using virtual reality to repair HVAC systems.”

The tactile style of the OEC demonstration was the power behind the students’ evident interest in the field, as well as learning about utilities often taken for granted, Blake said.

“I think all of us as Americans take electricity for granted because we’re able to flip on a light switch without a thought,” Blake said, “but by getting involved with the electrical cooperative, students were able to harness up, climb poles and understand where electricity comes from and how it works. That’s not something they see in a classroom or experience on a video game or a cell phone.”

In addition to the hands-on portion, Lofland also discussed upward mobility, pay and benefits electric co-ops offer their employees.

“Rather than just teaching about the skill, OEC did a very good job expressing all the different opportunities you can have when entering this specific category,” Blake said. “That was a huge amount of value to not only us as board members, but the parents and the students.”

While college tuition prices are skyrocketing and job markets are flooded, often leaving students with few job opportunities, industries like the ones displayed at Construct My Future are ripe with opportunity.

“The fact is we have nearly 20% of our talent pool in the construction trades exiting the workforce in the next five to six years due to retirement,” Blake said. “We’ve experienced an ongoing need to bring people into our industry where there’s plenty of opportunities.”

While emphasizing career paths outside the traditional college, the camp is not discouraging anyone from attending college, Blake said. Instead, it shows students other options to explore after high school. By doing this, students can learn more about what they’re passionate about and make informed decisions about their future.

“We are not trying to discourage anyone from going to college, but rather educating them about opportunities in addition to college,” Blake said. “We’re trying to provide an open platform that allows student campers to experience it and decide on their own whether or not they want to continue down that path.”

One of the camp’s board of directors’ goals is to provide attendees with after-camp care and classes to provide licensure hours, ensuring quicker job placement and a better-educated workforce as they enter the field.

“Many folks are going back to construction or viewing construction as a reactive measure rather than a proactive measure,” Blake said. “We would rather it be a proactive choice, so it’s about these businesses uniting to create programs that allow students to make an informed choice.”

While striving towards a regular curriculum, the camp remains a free opportunity for students looking to explore career paths otherwise unknown to them. OEC and Construct My Future will continue their beneficial partnership for the foreseeable future.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship and participating in construction camp for many years,” Lofland said. “We love that we can talk a little about the trade but also drive home public safety aspects of electricity in a fun and engaging way. Seeing these kids’ wheels spinning as they think through questions about various things they have seen or encountered is always a highlight to me.”

Enrollment for next year’s camp opens in January, be sure to check their website, constructmyfutureok.org for more information at that time. This unique opportunity could spark a lifelong passion for a rewarding career in the construction industry.

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Service-Driven Perspective

Our member service, subscriber support and engineering services departments are often the unsung heroes of OEC and OEC Fiber. The service departments work tirelessly to ensure you get the best experience with us. We sat down with a few team members to learn more about them. Here’s what they had to say:

Jeanie Lee, Member Services Associate

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: I’ve been married for 32 years, with two boys who are married, one bassett hound and one cat.

Q: What’s your favorite dessert?

A: Chocolate cake!

Chelle Aiken, Member Services Associate

Q: What community do you call home?

A: Norman!

Q: Spring, summer, fall or winter?

A: Fall, it’s football season!

Rosa Barringer, Member Services Associate

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: My husband Steve and I have been married for 14 years. We have three children and three grandchildren, and we love family vacations and spending time with them. Grandkids are the biggest joy, and I literally can’t get enough of ’em.

Q: What is your favorite fall activity?

A: I love pumpkin patches and hayrides. I feel it is a great way to spend time with family, have old-fashioned fun, get away from phones and television, and genuinely spend time together.

Melissa Alvarez, Member Services Associate

Q: What community do you call home?

A: Moore!

Q: What is your favorite part of working for OEC and OEC Fiber?

A: Serving OEC members and Fiber subscribers and giving back. I am proud of the company’s positive work and outreach to the community. It is the best place to work in OKLAHOMA!

Tiffany Carter, Member Services Associate

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: I have four animals! Two golden retrievers named Rowen and Goose and two cats named Luna and Jav.

Q: What is your coffee order?

A: I order it black with a hint of almond milk.

Linda Ammons, Subscriber Support Representative

Q: What community do you call home?

A: Norman!

Q: Apple or pumpkin pie?

A: I like pumpkin pie in the fall, but apple pie any other time. My favorite is lemon meringue, though.

Jarred Manning, Member Services Associate

Q: What community do you call home?

A: Norman.

Q: What is your favorite fall activity?

A: I love getting back to outdoorsy things in tolerable temperatures like mountain biking, hiking, camping and kayaking.

Lindy Wine, Member Services Associate

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: I have three boys and two Rottweilers.

Q: If OEC had a theme song, what would it be?

A: We Will Rock You by Queen!

Shana Gammill, Member Services Associate

Q: Tell us about your family.

A: I have a fiancé, two kids, a cat and a puppy.

Q: Spring, summer, fall or winter?

A: Fall because hoody weather is the best!

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Focused on You

Electric cooperatives were created to serve their members. Because we’re a co-op, we’re able to adapt to our community’s unique needs. That’s the power of co-op membership. 

Fall is a busy time, and October is a particularly eventful month with school, community and sports activities in full swing. It’s also when all cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month. 

When I say OEC celebrates Co-op Month, it really means we are celebrating you! After all, our co-op wouldn’t exist without you, our members. 

Our core business purpose is to serve as your electricity provider, but the larger mission of the co-op is to help make our corner of the world a better place. “Concern for community” is one of seven guiding principles that all co-ops share.

Similar to how our wires run through our service territory, our concern for community flows through all of our decisions––because being a co-op means being a responsible partner and good neighbor. 

OEC works to help our community thrive through initiatives led by our employees and local board that’s comprised of neighbors who live right here in our community. Because we’re local, we understand our community’s unique needs and strive to help meet them. 

We’re proud to support local youth through Youth Tour and scholarship programs. With your help, we offer Operation Round Up to provide assistance to our community’s most vulnerable. We partner with and support area foodbanks and other charitable organizations such as United Way of Norman and Transition House. 

The word “cooperative” is close to “cooperation,” meaning people working together towards a common goal—mutually benefitting one another and the larger community. That’s the essence of the cooperative spirit. Our employees and member-elected board members are invested in the community in which live and serve. 

Above all, as a co-op we put our members’ priorities first. As your trusted energy partner, we know that saving energy and money is important to you. That’s why we have numerous programs in place to help, including home energy audits and a variety of rates to fit your needs.

We want to empower you to manage energy use at home. If you haven’t already, I encourage you take a moment and download our app, MyOEC. Through the app, you can conveniently monitor and manage your energy use. And we’re of course here to help, so give us a call if you have questions about your energy bills.

OEC is continuously examining ways to operate more efficiently while continuing to provide the highest level of friendly, reliable service you expect and deserve. After all, we’re your local co-op. We were built by the members we serve.

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Capital Credits

OEC board of trustees approves $2 million in capital credits to be paid to members from 2009, 2010

OEC’s board of trustees has authorized the distribution of over $2 million in capital credits to members of the cooperative who purchased electricity during parts of 2009 and 2010.

“The issuing of capital credits each year truly highlights what a cooperative is,” said CEO Patrick Grace. “We’ve been working together since 1937 to provide an affordable, reliable service — capital credits signify what it truly means to come together for a common cause. Plus, we would much rather return dividends to the members we serve rather than far-off investors.”

Over 26,000 current and former members received a check in September.

What are capital credits?

Capital credits can be compared to dividends paid to the shareholders of investor-owned utilities, except a cooperative’s “shareholders” are the members or consumers it serves, and the “dividends” are the capital credits. This practice of returning profits to consumers sets OEC and other cooperatives apart from other types of businesses. This proven business model has thrived for hundreds of years.

What qualifies members to receive capital credits?

We attempt to retire capital credits on at least a 15-year cycle, when the board of trustees determines that the financial condition of the cooperative will not be impaired, and that satisfactory progress is being made toward OEC’s equity management goals.

What if those owed money are no longer members?

Some who were members in 2009 and/or 2010 might no longer be members but are still owed capital credits. Please visit www.okcoop.org/capitalcredits, and if you see a name you recognize on the list who could’ve been an OEC member during 2009 and/or 2010, please have that person submit the online form and any accompanying documents. All address updates must be received in writing.

If you see the name of a family member who is deceased and you are the rightful heir, you can download the form from www.okcoop.org/capitalcredits and return it along with the appropriate paperwork to transfer all remaining capital credits into your name. 

I was a member in 2009 and/or 2010 but didn’t receive a check

Checks were not issued for less than $25 unless a member has no further credits due for future years. Credits of less than $25 are retained until and added to the next distribution.

A full list of names – both individuals and businesses owed money – can be found at www.okcoop.org/capitalcredits along with appropriate forms. Mail paperwork and supporting documents to OEC, P.O. Box 1208, Norman, OK, 73070.

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From the Top with CEO Patrick Grace – October 2022

Many of you might recall receiving a check in the mail from OEC last month. This check, whether it was a substantial amount or minimal, represents exactly what it means to be a cooperative member. As owners of OEC, member-consumers benefit from receiving a portion of the margins (or capital credits) we make above operating costs. Each year, OEC’s board of trustees examines the coop’s financial position and decides the amount of capital credits to issue to members. It’s essentially the same concept as investor-owned companies, except our “profits” are distributed back to you, our members, rather than shareholders.

OEC’s board of trustees approved $2 million to be distributed to over 18,000 current members and 7,500 former members who received electric service from OEC during 2009 and/or 2010. Eligible members should have received their checks in the mail last month. This unique concept sets not-for-profit electric cooperatives apart, and it’s why we stay focused on 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. I invite you to read more about capital credits on here.

Speaking of exceptional member service, we celebrate all of our teams who provide the highest level of service during Customer Service Appreciation Week in October. Our member service associates, engineering services team, control room operators and subscriber support teams all work to ensure our members and subscribers are receiving the best possible service. We have always acknowledged that members and subscribers want to talk to friendly, local, live people who empathize with them, answer all of their questions and offer support and resources. If OEC were motivated by generating profits, we could easily outsource this important work, which is common for larger investor-owned companies. Instead, we strive to provide you with a level of service that is becoming more and more uncommon. We hope when you call in or reach out via the mobile app, website or social media, that you feel you are treated differently — by people who truly care.

I am extremely proud of and grateful for all of our employees who provide top-notch service to our members at every turn. It’s one of the many things that set us apart.

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Meet Us At the Hill

Youth Tour winners spend unforgettable week in Washington, D.C.

Four area teens recently returned from an unforgettable trip to Washington D.C. known as Youth Tour. The all-expenses paid, seven-day trek through America’s capital inspires hard-working students who earn themselves this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

More than 58 students, supported by 20 of Oklahoma’s electric co-ops, traveled to the capital to see the awe-inspiring monuments up close and personal in June. OEC’s Youth Tour delegation included Karter Caves from Amber-Pocasset High School and Brianna Lemaster, Collin Nguyen, and RyanQuinn Szymanski from Westmoore High School. The students were awarded the trip after successfully completing a presentation and application process in March.

“Every year, this contest attracts the most ambitious and determined students in our territory,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace of the Youth Tour winners. “We have the best and the brightest young leaders in Oklahoma, and I was honored to have them represent us this year.”

In the capital, students toured historic sites and monuments, attended an interactive question-andanswer session with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and made life-long friends while learning about what it means to be a youth advocate in their community. Students also attended Youth Day with over 1,500 other Youth Tour winners from around the country.

Tory Tedder-Loffland, OEC’s Education and Outreach Programs Director, joined the group as a chaperone after she was selected via an application process to serve with other co-op employees.

“To see growth happen to every single kid is beautiful,” Tedder-Lofland said. “It’s not just that they’re making buddies. It’s the transformation they go through when we ask them to think about their impact on the world as they walk in view of our country’s history.”

Among a packed schedule, students visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon 9/11 memorial, a tour of Smithsonian museums, and a spur-of-the-moment trip to Medieval Times, a family dinner theater featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting and jousting.

“Every time I think back on the trip, there are a thousand different memories I could name as some of the best times of my life,” Szymanski said. “Medieval Times was super fun, and we all enjoyed rooting for our knight and seeing other Youth Tour groups there.”

Oklahoma U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin continued his tradition of giving the Oklahoma Youth Tour group a private after-hours tour of the Capitol. Congressman Mullin guided the group through areas little known to the public, like back staircases where crosses were carved into the structures.

The young leaders came home with a newfound sense of purpose and appreciation. In addition to their development, they gained newfound friendships.

“You can look at pictures of monuments, buildings and paintings, but it’s not until you’re physically witnessing these things that your soul understands,” Tedder-Loffland said. “The impact that has is monumental, and that is what Youth Tour gives these kids.”

In addition to personal growth, the relationships formed during this week often endure into college and beyond.

“I still speak to most of the people I met, and I learned a lot from other participants and the people we met,” Szymanski said. “This experience helped me grow in many ways. I learned to lead and serve others by creating community and relationships.”

Congratulations to OEC’s four well-deserved 2022 Youth Tour winners. More information will be announced this fall for those interested in entering the 2023 Youth Tour contest.

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EV Rate Also Benefits Overnight Users

OEC’s electric vehicle rate not just for EV owners

In 2020, OEC’s board of trustees added a new rate to OEC’s catalog of rate options, initially for members who own an electric vehicle (EV). This rate is beneficial for all who tend to consume a lot of power during the overnight hours.

“This residential rate focuses on the time of day electricity is consumed and is most beneficial to those with electric vehicles or large appliances that are programmed to operate overnight,” said Energy Efficiency Solutions Specialist and EV expert Daniel Lofland. “While we call it the ‘EV rate’ it’s also ideal for those willing to divert energy consumption to evening and overnight hours.”

The price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) drops significantly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., the prime EV charging time for those with at-home charging capabilities. Residential members who experience high consumption overnight could reap the benefits as well.

“We are able to offer lower overnight kWh rates because power is produced at a lower cost during those hours,” Lofland said. “Temperatures are cooler and air conditioners are working less, which allows the grid to recover from the strains of a hot summer afternoon. Plus, overnight electricity is generated mostly by wind power — a relatively inexpensive generation resource.”

Members able to shift high energy use (i.e. clothes dryer, HVAC, electric car charging, etc.) to the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will experience the most savings. Read more about this rate and switch to it by visiting www.okcoop.org/evrate.

Those looking to explore all of our rate options may visit www.okcoop.org/rates. Residential members may switch rates once in a 12-month period via the above link or by calling our Member Service team at 405-321-2024.

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Debbie Frazier joins OEC Board of Trustees; Idleman, Watters reappointed

Debbie Frazier of Lexington joined OEC’s Board of Trustees in August following the resignation of former District 3 Trustee Rusty Grissom, who served on OEC’s board for over 20 years. At the July meeting of the Board of Trustees, they voted to appoint Frazier as District 3 representative, and to reappoint Shirley Idleman and Danny Watters as Districts 5 and 7 representatives, respectively.

Each trustee began three-year terms in August following two uncontested elections and one contested election that did not meet quorum attendance. The three trustees — also OEC members — proudly serve their respective districts across OEC’s service area.
Frazier, an accountant by trade, and her family’s roots run deep in Lexington, where the Frazier farm has been in the family since 1902.

“I have lived in either Lexington or Noble for all but a few years of my life, this is my home,” she said. “I am connected to this community through the relationships I formed living here and being active in the community. I look forward to being a valuable member of the OEC family for many years.”

Per OEC’s by-laws, trustees serve three-year terms, with a different group eligible for election each year. OEC notified all members in the June Co-op News of the upcoming filing period for a spot on OEC’s board representing Districts 3 (Noble, Slaughterville and Lexington), 5 (Norman and Noble) and 7 (Tuttle and Bridge Creek).

OEC’s Board of Trustees is tasked with becoming educated, knowledgeable experts in the electric industry. Eight of nine trustees hold certifications and distinctions marking them as professionals in the field, qualifying them to make decisions in their constituents’ best interests and ensure the co-op succeeds in its mission while remaining transparent to the members who own it.

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