Grow Summer Savings | OEC News

OEC can help you save

One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity for fresh, homegrown food, whether it’s shopping at the local farmers’ market or sharing the abundance of garden tomatoes with a neighbor. It’s amazing how just a few seeds, some fertilizer and water can turn into a bounty.

When I think about energy efficiency, I think about that bounty of food and how, with just a few simple actions, you can use less electricity and reap the rewards of energy savings.

You don’t need to be a farmer or botanist to know that plants need water––just like you don’t have to be a lineworker or engineer to know that adjusting the thermostat or turning off lights can reduce your monthly electric bill. In fact, if you read OEC’s publications regularly and follow us on Facebook, you know there are a lot of things you can do at home to save electricity and money.

Summer months bring some of the highest energy bills of the year. But why? Cooling your home accounts for a large portion of your monthly energy use, and the hotter it gets, the harder (and longer) your air conditioner works to keep you cool.

There are several ways you can manage energy use at home, and on the next page, we’re providing a few tips that can help grow your summer energy savings.

But I’d also like to share a few ways we’re here to help you save––not only during the dog days of summer but throughout the year.

One of the great things about being part of OEC is that we’re locally owned by you, our members. So, instead of making profits, we can focus on helping our community. That’s why we’ve developed incentives and programs to help you keep your money in your wallet.

SAVE MONEY WITH THESE EASY INCENTIVES:

Rebates – OEC offers eight ways to give you money back for efficient equipment you purchase, like heat pumps and water heaters. Many of our rebates can be claimed by simply filling out a form. Find a list of all our rebates at okcoop.org/rebates

Free Energy Audits – Our certified energy advisors can determine the overall efficiency of your home and help you find ways to improve it. If you want to do it yourself, we can help with that, too. Learn more at okcoop.org/hecp.

Take Control of Your Use – Use MyOEC to track your energy use. You can even get alerts when your use spikes so you can make changes in real time.

Rates – Now is the time to take a closer look at not just how much electricity you use, but how you use it, so you can be on the rate that keeps more money in your pocket. Our rate options include the Standard Home Rate, a straightforward option for those who prefer a stable rate without worrying about peak hours, the Time-of-Use Rate, a rate perfect for energy savers who are willing to modify behavior to maximize savings, and the Electric Vehicle Rate, ideal for those with high overnight consumption, this plan supports electric vehicle owners and can also be advantageous for households with specific consumption patterns.

Ways to Pay – If you’re having a difficult time paying the higher bills that come with increased use in the summer, contact us to learn about our assistance options at okcoop.org/rates.

Most people don’t know everything about electricity, and that’s why we’re here to help you. There are no investors making profits here. Just knowledgeable people with local jobs, working for our neighbors to ensure there is electricity available when you need it. Contact us, and we can work with you to find more ways to save energy—and money.

A Cut Above | OEC News

Powering up your lawn care with electric equipment

The landscape of lawn and garden care is evolving, and electric equipment is at the forefront of this change. While electric lawn tools aren’t new, advancements in technology and more options mean prices have become more competitive, making electric equipment an accessible option for many consumers.

BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

Electric lawnmowers have come a long way since the days of extension cords tethering you to an outlet. Battery-powered mowers offer the same freedom of movement as gas-powered models but with reduced noise and maintenance.

Battery life was once a major drawback to making the switch to electric lawn tools. But today’s growing demand for electric equipment has resulted in major advancements for lithium-ion batteries, making them more reliable, cost-effective and efficient. For most consumers, electric lawn tools can get the job done just as well as gas-powered models. 4536300701

Many electric mowers offer push-button starts, and because they are lighter, they are easier to maneuver around tight turns. Improved batteries provide longer run times to tackle larger spaces. Like their gas-powered counterparts, electric mowers are available in push, self-propelled/walk-behind and riding models. And there’s no need to refill gas cans or change oil and air filters, resulting in less hassle and maintenance.

Like mowers, electric blowers, string trimmers and chainsaws have fewer moving parts, require minimal maintenance and are quieter. Because electric tools are generally lighter in weight, they’re also more ergonomic and easier to maneuver. This feature is especially handy for projects that require tools like chainsaws for precise work.

CHOOSE ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

Electric lawn tools have some limitations, so the size and terrain of your outdoor space are important considerations when purchasing new equipment. When comparing gas-powered and electric mowers, consider the torque rating––this is the driving force behind a blade’s rotation. On average, electric lawnmowers generate less torque than gas mowers. If you have a challenging outdoor space that includes overgrown brush, tall grass, or hills and dips, torque is a key factor.

Choosing the right type and size mower is particularly important for spaces larger than half an acre. If you have a large property, consider purchasing an extra battery to ensure uninterrupted workflow.

Many manufacturers offer interchangeable batteries and chargers, providing flexibility and convenience. Choosing a single brand can ensure charging compatibility across your lawn tools and streamline charging.

While both gas and electric lawn tools can get the job done, electric equipment generally requires less maintenance, is less expensive to operate and is kinder to the environment.

KEEP GREEN IN YOUR POCKET THIS SEASON

Electric tools are quietly redefining the way we approach lawn care. Our energy efficiency experts have curated a variety of other ways you can save energy — and money! — around your home. Visit okcoop.org to learn more and begin saving today

Power Up | OEC News

A closer look at what it takes to restore power and internet service following a damaging storm

It’s springtime in Oklahoma, and we know what that means: the potential of unpredictable, severe weather can occur on any given day. While OEC and OEC Fiber proactively prepare for the impact of spring storms by strengthening our system throughout the year, the possibility of damaging weather remains.

When the storms are gone, OEC and OEC Fiber crews jump into action to restore service. It’s an all-hands-on-deck approach to ensuring members’ and subscribers’ power and internet services are restored safely and quickly. What exactly does this look like in practice?

HOW OEC RESTORES POWER

When electricity goes out, most of us expect power will be restored within a few hours. But when a major storm causes widespread damage, longer outages may result.

OEC line crews work long, hard hours to restore service safely to the greatest number of consumers in the shortest time possible.

First, transmission towers and cables that supply power to transmission substations must be repaired before other parts of the system can operate. Because OEC does not operate transmission infrastructure, we depend on those who do — like our wholesale power provider, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.

Once transmission structures are safely back in place, line crews inspect substations to determine if problems stem from transmission lines feeding into the substation, the substation itself, or if problems exist down the line.

If the problem cannot be isolated at a distribution substation, distribution lines are checked. These lines carry power to large groups of consumers in communities or housing developments.

If local outages persist, supply lines, called tap lines, are inspected. These lines deliver power to transformers, either mounted on poles or placed on pads for underground service, outside businesses, schools and homes.

If your home remains without power, the service line between a transformer and your residence may need to be repaired. Members are encouraged to use their MyOEC mobile app or call 405-321-2024 to report power outages.

HOW OEC FIBER RESTORES INTERNET SERVICE

How OEC Fiber responds varies depending on the scope of the outage, but the core response stays the same. We work from the largest area of impact to the smallest.

“[First,] the electric crews have to get electric service restored,” said Manager of Fiber Optic Technicians Jeremy Kilpatrick. “Then we get fiber back up. The main lines have to get put back up first. Then splicing and drops.”

Splicing is the meticulous process technicians perform to connect (or weld together) fiber optic cables. One main line consists of 288 thin, hair-like fibers that must be spliced together when damage occurs — one at a time. And technicians must perform the splicing in two separate places on one stretch of main line. To see this process in action, watch the video “A Day in the Life of a Fiber Tech” on OEC Fiber’s YouTube page.

Drops are the lines going to individual homes. Running lines to these homes only works if there is a primary system to connect to. Technicians often install a temporary or “temp” line to restore service until they can install a permanent line.

Not all service issues require a crew. Using the OEC Fiber Support app to diagnose issues can prevent unnecessary waiting when outages occur.

STAY UPDATED DURING AN OUTAGE

If weather does impact your electricity or internet services, updates can be found at okcoop.org/outagecenter. There, members and subscribers may access a live outage map, the latest updates via our social media feeds, a reminder of how power is restored, tips to prepare for an extended outage, and more. For more on how OEC Fiber crews restore internet service following an outage, visit OECFiber.com/outage-response.

When the weather takes a turn for the worst, you can rest easy knowing the skilled, knowledgeable staff at OEC and OEC Fiber are working around-the-clock to restore your electricity and internet services so you can return to normal life as quickly as possible. That’s the power of connection.

OEC Partnering with Local First Responders for Public Safety Event

NORMAN, OK — Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) is set to celebrate National Electrical Safety Month alongside Norman Fire Department, EMSSTAT, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and more on May 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Wired Up for Safety touch-a-truck event is free to the public and will feature OEC’s Live Line high voltage demonstrations, a fire truck, ambulance, Bearcat, OEC Fiber’s splicing lab, and more public safety vehicles and equipment used by first responders. 

“OEC is proud to host Wired Up for Safety as a way to spread public awareness of the dangers of electricity but also to promote safe practices,” said Daniel Lofland, OEC energy efficiency solutions specialist. “It will be a hands-on way for members of the public — especially kids — to get an up-close look at what it takes to provide essential services and keep everyone safe.”

Wired Up for Safety will coincide with Norman’s Farmers Market at The Well and the May Fair Arts Festival on Campus Corner. Located at the McFarlin United Methodist’s west parking lot, attendees are invited to stop by May 18 for giveaways, Live Line demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30, and to tour vehicles and equipment provided by first responders and other community partners.

“OEC’s long-standing commitment to public and employee safety inspired this event,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace. “We are grateful for our public safety partners who are joining us to help keep all of our communities safe.”

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is Oklahoma’s largest member-owned electric cooperative, and OEC Fiber is the state’s largest wholly-owned broadband subsidiary. OEC provides electricity to over 62,000 accounts and broadband services to over 38,000 subscribers in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles with 5,600 miles of electric line and 3,900 miles of fiber line. To find out more about OEC, visit www.okcoop.org and www.OECFiber.com.

Beyond the Sale | OEC News

OEC Fiber’s human-centered approach revolutionizes the way we think about sales and service

We’ve all had those uncomfortable encounters with salespeople who seem to listen only with the intent to sell, not to understand. Picture the insistent car salesman who can’t grasp why a minivan isn’t suitable for a bachelor or the persistent telemarketer who calls during dinner, oblivious to your polite declines. These experiences leave us wishing for a genuine connection, for someone to hear our needs rather than pitch their product. Breaking free from these all-too familiar frustrations, the OEC Fiber Business team is revolutionizing service by redefining the essence of salesmanship. 0413321801

“It’s about ensuring that a business is set up for success,” said OEC Fiber Senior Manager of Sales & Business Development Michelle Hohlier. “It’s not about us or getting a sale. It’s about providing the highest quality and service to our members and subscribers.”

Isaac Lewis, a key member of OEC Fiber’s Sales and Business Development team, approaches each interaction with a commitment to understanding and meeting the specific needs of his clients.

“I’m motivated by feeling good about what I do, not sales numbers,” Lewis said. “Our sales team takes pride in simplifying our subscribers’ lives rather than complicating them. We’re not selling you something you don’t need; we’re inquiring about what you need.”

During sales calls, members of the business sales team navigate the dual worlds of technology and business with the ease of someone who speaks both languages fluently.

“We speak with a variety of people, from business owners to IT professionals,” Lewis said. “Sales calls require striking a balance between speaking the language of tech without overwhelming and communicating clearly.”

Lewis’s past role as a fitness instructor, particularly in group classes, sharpened his skill at making complex concepts understandable. He applies this same skill set to his role at OEC Fiber, approaching every business engagement with an eye for the unique communication needs of his clients.

“It’s about clarity and relevance,” Lewis said. “My goal is to ensure technical details enhance, rather than complicate, a business owner’s vision.”

The OEC Fiber team’s commitment to superior service is evidenced in the hands-on approach during site visits. Lewis and Site Visit Coordinator Dan Pryor focus on the collaborative nature of the encounter, evaluating the compatibility of technical systems with OEC Fiber’s network.

“These sessions are about aligning our capabilities with the client’s vision and capacity,” Lewis explains. “This level of personal engagement exemplifies OEC Fiber’s mission to provide not just support, but guidance and understanding.”

OEC Fiber’s dedication is also manifested in the meticulous planning and execution of its installation and infrastructure management. OEC Fiber’s strategy for placing network conduits and taps ensures that the technical infrastructure performs optimally and integrates seamlessly into the physical and operational layout of the businesses they serve.

“I have worked in other similar companies, but the planning and execution we do for installations has been planned meticulously,” Pryor said. “Our installations are designed to be as unobtrusive and effective as possible.”

Other internet and fiber companies typically measure installation success based on two factors: the time spent on installation and the number of revisits required to fix issues from a drop, Pryor said.

“Install techs are often paid based on the number of jobs they complete, which means that the more time they spend at a location, the fewer jobs they can complete,” Pryor said. “This can create pressure to complete jobs as quickly as possible, leading to mistakes.”

Rather than focusing on speed or the number of jobs we can complete, we emphasize service, ensuring the work is done to a high standard, Pryor said. This approach encourages installers to take their time and pay close attention to the details rather than rushing through jobs to maximize their pay. By prioritizing quality over quantity, OEC Fiber can provide subscribers with reliable, long-lasting installations that meet or exceed their expectations.

This reveals a company culture that prioritizes exceeding member and subscriber expectations and responding to the changing tides of business needs. Lewis reflects on the industry’s evolution and OEC Fiber’s proactive steps to ensure their offerings are current and leading edge.

“We’re not just keeping up; we’re pushing forward,” Lewis said. “This dedication to service excellence drives OEC Fiber’s growing success in a fiercely competitive market.”

In every aspect of its operations, OEC Fiber views its subscribers as customers and collaborators in progress. They offer a level of service that anticipates needs and provides solutions designed to aid the growth and evolution of the businesses they partner with.

“Our clients are our partners, and their success is our success,” Lewis said.

Isaac Lewis and the OEC Fiber Business team represent a vanguard in the fiber industry, heralding a shift from transactional interactions to relationships built on understanding and mutual benefit.

By placing an unwavering focus on service before sales, OEC Fiber is not just connecting businesses to the digital world but creating a blueprint for the future of member and subscriber service.

The Power Behind Your Power | OEC News

You’ve likely noticed OEC crews out and about, working on power lines and other electrical equipment in our community. It’s no secret that a lineworker’s job is tough––but it’s a job that’s essential and must be done, often in challenging conditions. This month, as we celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on April 18, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about electric lineworkers with you.

The work can be heavy, in more ways than one. Did you know the equipment and tools that a lineworker carries while climbing a utility pole can weigh up to 50 pounds? That’s the same as carrying six gallons of water. Speaking of utility poles, lineworkers are required to climb poles ranging anywhere from 30 to 120 feet tall. Needless to say, if you have a fear of heights, this likely isn’t the career path for you.

Lineworkers must be committed to their career––because it’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. The long hours and ever-present danger can truly take a toll. In fact, being a lineworker is listed in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Lineworkers often work non-traditional hours, outdoors in difficult conditions. While the job does not require a college degree, it does require technical skills, years of training and hands-on learning. Did you know that to become a journeyman lineworker can take more than 8,000 hours of training (or about four years)? That’s because working with high-voltage equipment requires specialized skills, experience and an ongoing mental toughness. Shortcuts are not an option, and there is no room for error in this line of work.

Despite the many challenges, OEC’s lineworkers are committed to powering our local communities. During severe weather events that bring major power outages, lineworkers are among the first ones called. They must be ready to leave the comfort of their home and families unexpectedly, and they don’t return until the job is done, often days later. That’s why the lineworker’s family is also dedicated to service. They understand the importance of the job to the community.

Nationwide, there are approximately 120,000 electric lineworkers. Here in Central Oklahoma, OEC has lineworkers who are responsible for keeping power flowing 24/7, 365 days a year. To do this, they maintain 5,800 miles of power lines across seven counties and 2,200 square miles. In addition to the highly visible tasks lineworkers perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing utility poles to repair a wire or string fiber lines. Today’s lineworkers are information experts who can pinpoint power outages from miles away. Line crews now use laptops, tablets, drones and other technologies to map outages, survey damage and troubleshoot problems.

Being a lineworker may not seem like a glamorous job, but it is essential to our community’s life. Without the exceptional dedication and commitment of these hardworking men and women, we simply would not have the reliable electricity or internet services that we need for everyday life.

So, the next time you see a lineworker, please thank them for the work they do to keep power and internet flowing, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. After all, lineworkers are the power behind your power. Please join us as we recognize them on April 18, and follow “#ThankALineworker” on social media to see how others are recognizing lineworkers.

OEC Electric and Fiber Awarded Large Business of the Year | OEC News

Service and community impact: a testament to dedication and innovation

In an impressive testament to its commitment to community and excellence, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC), along with our subsidiary OEC Fiber, was awarded the esteemed “Large Business of the Year” by the Norman Chamber of Commerce. The accolade was presented during a ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, on Feb. 1, highlighting our impact on the communities we serve and our unwavering dedication to core values.

The award reflects the collective efforts of every team member at OEC and OEC Fiber, whose daily operations ensure reliable services and member satisfaction.

“This honor is a testament to our employees and board’s unwavering dedication to being more than just service providers, but good and wonderful neighbors to our members and subscribers,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace. “It’s about connecting, empowering and enriching our communities in every action we take.”

David Goodspeed, President of OEC Fiber, remarked on the long-term significance of our work.

“At OEC and OEC Fiber, we’re not just laying fiber optic cables or maintaining power lines; we’re building lifelines that connect our members to the world,” Goodspeed said. “This award from the Norman Chamber is a gratifying acknowledgment of our efforts to connect and empower our community. It reaffirms our resolve to keep pushing forward, making sure no one is left behind in today’s digital world.”

The Norman Chamber of Commerce’s recognition of OEC and OEC Fiber underlines the importance of our mission beyond the accolade itself. It reinforces the vital role of cooperatives in improving lives, whether through electrification or enhancing connectivity, ensuring that our legacy of service continues for future generations.

OEC Awards Washington, D.C. Trips to Local High School Juniors

OEC awarded all-expenses-paid trips to six extremely talented high school juniors during the 2024 Youth Tour Banquet held Feb. 22. Justin Baker and Zoie Dunkleberger from Moore High School, Zoë Delheimer from Blanchard High School and Taehyun Hwang from Southmoore High School won a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. on Oklahoma’s Youth Tour. The other finalists — Belinda Garvie from Tuttle and Makenzie Stone from Blanchard — won trips to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Both trips will occur this summer.

All applicants were asked to design a community-benefitting project, produce a short video promoting the project and write a professional letter to a leader of their choice about either their project or other public interest issues. Finalists created PowerPoint presentations and “pitched” their community projects in front of OEC trustees, senior staff, representatives from their schools, their families and three independent judges. 

“We want to support and encourage the kind of human who lends their talents and efforts to improving life in their communities,” said Tory Tedder-Loffland, OEC education and outreach programs director. “All six of these finalists qualify as amazing humans who will do amazing things in life.”

The panel of judges included The Honorable Danny Sterling, who represents House District 27, April Doshier, executive director of Food & Shelter, Inc., and Lydia Bomboy, 2017 OEC Youth Tour winner and elementary teacher at OKC Public Schools.

“I am impressed by all the applicants and their passion for service,” Tedder-Loffland said. “This contest emphasizes grassroots initiatives to affect positive change in their communities.”

As winners of the 2024 Youth Tour, Baker, Dunkleberger, Delheimer and Hwang will travel to the nation’s capital in June along with 70 of their peers from electric co-ops across the state. They will spend the week experiencing Washington, D.C.’s historic monuments and museums, meeting with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and making new, lifelong friends.

While at Camp RYLA, Garvie and Stone will learn improved techniques of leadership. Their enthusiasm and technique are brought back to their communities, where their positive influence impacts those around them. RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year. It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.

“I am confident OEC will be very well represented both in Washington, D.C. and at Camp RYLA,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace. “The board and I are happy to support programs that encourage our next generation of co-op members to dream big and become the community leaders we know they are capable of becoming.”

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is Oklahoma’s largest member-owned electric cooperative, and OEC Fiber is the state’s largest wholly-owned broadband subsidiary. OEC provides electricity to over 62,000 accounts and broadband services to over 37,000 subscribers in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles with 5,600 miles of electric line and 3,900 miles of fiber line. To find out more about OEC, visit www.okcoop.org and www.OECFiber.com.

OEC Urges Members to Contact Them Before Purchasing Solar Panels

During the summer months, solar companies are out in full force selling at-home solar panels to residents. They typically offer lofty deals and sometimes promise to make electric bills all but disappear. Some have even claimed to be partners with OEC, which is a false claim to make. We do not partner with solar companies but have a plethora of solar resources available on our website for those interested in exploring their options.

The information given to homeowners by solar companies is often misleading and inaccurate, causing them to purchase solar systems that are far too large for their homes. What can you do to avoid falling victim to these misleading sales tactics? OEC’s Energy Efficiency Solutions Specialist Daniel Lofland offers some tips.

“When solar salespeople size a home for solar panels, they typically look at your July and August electric bills as the standard,” he said. “They will try to sell you a system that will offset that usage, which is typically the highest period when looking at your last 12 months due to air conditioning, pool pumps and other heavy power users.”

We all have experienced higher usage and higher electric bills in the summer, but we also know this type of usage is not the norm. The other nine months of the year, electricity consumption decreases for most consumers.

“If they build a solar array to fit that high summertime usage, that system will be over-producing in March or April when you use half the amount of power as you do in July or August,” said Lofland. “Electric utilities in Oklahoma — and most other states — only credit consumers for excess production based on the cost of fuel that wasn’t purchased to produce that home’s power, because that home produced its own. This typically equates to about 3.5¢ per kilowatt-hour — and THIS is the key piece of information solar salespeople leave out when selling panels to a homeowner.” 

Residents should ensure the size of their solar array is based on their electric consumption during “shoulder” months like October, November, March or April. 

“Before you consider installing solar panels, I encourage homeowners to ensure their homes are performing as efficiently as possible,” said Lofland. “OEC members have access to a free home energy audit, and other electric providers might offer a similar solution. A solar array can certainly offset usage, but it’s important that your home be well insulated and sealed before installing any kind of distributed generation to maximize savings. This step will also help you avoid installing a system too large for your family’s energy consumption.”

Your electricity provider should be your first call if you are considering installing solar panels on your home. Call their solar experts and request they visit your home and help you size your solar array accordingly. Their expertise in the science behind solar generation, as well as in-depth access to your usage history, will be vital information to have as you make a purchase decision.

OEC members may visit www.okcoop.org/renewables to learn more about the state-of-the-art research OEC’s solar experts have contributed to, view our solar checklist, explore a contractor database, read about our large-scale solar projects and more. Call your electricity provider and ask to speak with their solar experts before finalizing your solar panel purchase.

A Special Week | OEC News

Three employees volunteer at 2023 Special Olympics Summer Games

Volunteers from 23 Oklahoma electric co-ops came together in Stillwater in May to assist with the Special Olympics Summer Games. Three employees represented OEC among the record 150 co-op volunteers in Stillwater.

Network Technician III Nick Moyer, Copywriter Erin McKnight and Member Service Associate Rosa Baringer joined other co-op employees and family members as they assisted with track and field events.

Four thousand athletes from across the state participated in the Summer Games. During the three-day event, athletes competed in track and field, bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, powerlifting, basketball and softball.

“This was by far the most rewarding experience of my life, especially now that I have a kiddo of my own,” said McKnight. “Seeing the joy on these athletes’ faces and having the opportunity to celebrate with them has changed me for the better.”

Barringer echoed her comments. “It was a humbling and inspiring experience to watch the athletes compete with such joy! I would recommend that everyone volunteer if they get the chance.”

In addition to OEC’s volunteers, the OEC Foundation, Inc. via the Operation Round Up® program donates funds to area Special Olympics teams each year. That funding is made possible by members who round up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar.

“Volunteering for Special Olympics is a humbling experience. I am so proud of these young people and their tenacity to overcome their obstacles and win,” said Moyer. “Each participant touched my heart. The high fives were endless, and the smiles and hugs were priceless. I will treasure each minute.”

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Revolutionize your garden with the latest electric lawn care tools! Discover quieter, cleaner and more efficient equipment that saves you time and energy. Learn more about the benefits today!

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Power Up | OEC News

Discover the crucial steps OEC takes to swiftly restore power and internet services after severe storms in Oklahoma. Learn how our dedicated teams work tirelessly to ensure safety and quick recovery, ensuring you’re back online and powered up in no time.

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