The value of electricity continues to shine

By Derrill Holly

How many of us remember dropping into an OEC office with our parents and grandparents to pay the light bill? Whether you do that in person, by mail or online today, paying your monthly bill does a lot more than just keep the lights on. 

Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the necessities and conveniences we enjoy in part because of the power lines running to the electric meter outside your home. 

Electrifying a nation: Clint Mobley reflects on his journey to Guatemala

Sixty-five homes in a poor, rural Guatemalan village received light this past October, while Clint Mobley, one of OEC’s own linemen, gained a new perspective and appreciation for a world so unlike his own. 

Mobley has worked as an OEC lineman for the past 12 years and has always heard about the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) international projects. However, he had never considered going on a trip himself until this year, when he was encouraged to apply and submitted his application in early 2017. 

OEC searching for best 8th graders

OEC is searching for the best and brightest eighth grade students in our seven-county service area to send to the action-packed, four day Youth Power Energy Camp!

Energy Camp is set for May 29-June 1 at Canyon Camp and Conference Center near Hinton. Each year, OEC sponsors up to four students to attend the camp, where they will join 80 of their peers from across the state. Energy Camp helps develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative principles, rural electrification and electrical safety.

OEC Foundation awards $43,000

The OEC Foundation, Inc. board of directors met Dec. 5 to review applications for assistance via the Operation Round Up® program. It approved over $43,500 in grants to local organizations and families.

The board awarded $10,000 each to the Citizens Advisory Board's Secret Santa program and the Maguire Community Foundation's Burn Closet, as well as $3,000 each to Bridge Creek School, Grady County Fire Department's Ninnekah Station and McClain County Foster Children CARE.

Rate Adjustment Takes Effect January 1st

A recent cost of service study revealed a wide gap between OEC’s true fixed costs and our rates’ fixed costs. As a result, the service availability charge will increase from 75¢ to 83¢ per day, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“According to that same cost of service study, our service availability charge should be $53 per month – or about $1.77 per day,” said Patrick Grace, CEO. “Currently, that charge is 75¢. When the increase takes effect, it will be 83¢, which is still less than half what it should be.”


Employees complete leadership training

Twenty OEC employees recently completed the Employee Development and Leadership Program, a program intended to motivate employees to develop a knowledge base of all facets of the co-op, not just the areas in which they work on a daily basis. Spanning two years, the program consisted of classroom courses, the reading of leadership and development books, job shadowing, volunteer work, touring other cooperatives, giving a presentation and more.

OEC Foundation partners with Operation School Bell

The OEC Foundation, Inc. over the past 15 years has donated over $140,000 to the Assistance League of Norman (ALN) for its Operation School Bell program. The tradition continued in October when the Foundation's board of directors granted $10,000 to the organization."We are proud to support such a generous cause in the community," said Joyce Wallace, OEC Foundation board president.