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CHOCTAW ELECTRIC Cooperative


A Touchstone Energy® Cooperative


Save the date: CEC Annual Meeting is Oct.1! JULY 2011


your CO-OP PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF CHOCTAW ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


Heat causes costly usage peaks Please conserve energy during peak periods


are keeping a close eye on system wide power usage. They watch for what is known as system “peaks,” which generally occur during the heat of summer, when members return home from work turn on the AC, television, cook dinner, do laundry, and otherwise use a lot of electricity.


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CEC system peaks tend to occur from 2 pm to 8 pm in July and August. These peaks play a critical role in what your co- op—and you—pay for electricity.


There are two major factors that affect the price of electricity—the price of fuel such as coal or natural gas needed to generate power, and the demand for power.


During normal load periods CEC pays only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. During “peak demand” periods when the temperatures rise, the price CEC pays for wholesale power increases considerably. These costs must be shared by the membership, and may have an impact on rates.


Some utilities have initiated mandatory load control programs to lower their peak demand, while others like CEC are asking


Closing on July 4th


Choctaw Electric Cooperative will close on Monday, July 4th for Independence Day. To report a service problem or power outage, please call our 24-hour hotline at 800- 780-6486.


Please enjoy your holiday and stay safe!


very summer while Choctaw Electric members enjoy the cooling effects of their air conditioners, CEC engineers


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members to voluntarily reduce their usage during peak periods.


CEC will post peak alert notices on Facebook as an additional reminder. In the meantime, you can help CEC control costs by conserving energy between 2 pm and 8 pm in July and August. A slight change in routine is all that’s needed: Try to limit the use of major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers during peak times, and adjust your thermostat up by three degrees to reduce the load on your air conditioner.


If you are interested in other ways to lower your energy usage, please call your co-op at 800-780-6486. Thanks for helping us beat the peak!


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Idabel, Oklahoma 74745 (580) 286-7155


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24-HOUR OUTAGE HOTLINE


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE


Co-ops hang together ...................2 Reserve your booth space ............4 Beware of scammers .....................5 Alternative energy options ..........6 Change your air filter .....................8 Prepare for fall harvest ................10 Flavorful Catfish Fillets .................12


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