Electrifying the World

OEC lineman Derec Janaway was selected to lead a team of eight volunteer linemen — including OEC District Lineman Brad Scott — to electrify remote communities in the northwestern part of Guatemala this coming fall. Janaway traveled to Bolivia in 2016 for a similar cause.

“Bringing electricity to areas that have none takes us back to our roots of rural electrification,” says Chris Meyers, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) general manager. 

47 Years on the Line

If you live in Norman and haven't met Phillip Miller or Jake Calvert, you must not be an OEC member.

Lifelong Norman residents Phillip and Jake take great pride in their work serving members who reside in Norman and parts of Noble. Together, they make sure the lights stay on for thousands of families and hundreds of businesses.

"I've been on a maintenance truck my entire career," Phillip said. "It's hard to imagine doing anything other than making sure the good people in our district are well cared for and their lights stay on."

Solar Garden Surpasses Expectations

By Brianna Wall

Did you know as an OEC member, you have been capitalizing on the benefits of solar power for the past year without the drawbacks of actual solar panels on your home and without a subscription fee? You might be surprised to learn that data  collected from the first year of operation for the OEC Solar Garden shows it powered more homes than expected at a lower-than-anticipated cost. 

This innovative approach to large-scale solar power has proven to be a win-win for OEC and its members.

Lives on the line

By Meghaan Evans

Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Forty lineworkers maintain over 5,500 miles of line in OEC’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.  

OEC Crowns 2018 Youth Tour Winners

OEC awarded all-expenses-paid trips to eight extremely talented high school juniors during the 2018 Youth Tour Banquet held March 5. The top four finishers, Audrey Bradford from Amber-Pocasset High School, Jasmine Williams and Josie McFarland from Newcastle High School, and Lauren Berry from Westmoore High School, won a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. on Oklahoma's Youth Tour.

The Future of Electric Rates

By Brianna Wall

The last 80-plus years of electric rates have conditioned us to believe the cost of electricity is around 11¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) — a national average. Realistically, the electricity itself is the cheapest part of our electric bills; only about 3.5¢ per kWh. If that’s the case, why have we been paying 11¢ per kWh all these years?