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A new training facility was buit five years ago to host workshops and training for the co-op’s staff. In addi- tion—because providing safe electricity to its member is one of CREC’s goals—the co- op has recently added a new outdoor training grounds for CREC linemen to prac- tice safe work procedures on lines that are not electrifi ed. Software training is also of- ten offered at CREC.


Community & Research As a refl ection of CREC’s strong commitment to edu- cation, the co-op has recent- ly partnered with Oklahoma State University, the City of Stillwater, and the engi- neering fi rm Guernsey in a joint venture named Smart Energy Source (SES) to of- fer improved reliability and lower costs through greater operating efficiencies for consumers and the utility industry.


“One of the goals of SES is to leverage competence, skills, collective intelli- gence, business analytics and collaboration,” Swank said. “We aim to bring un- derstanding to consumers on energy innovations and efficiencies. Energy policy should be dependent upon sound research and sound business practices. The re- search efforts we (CREC) are doing collectively with OSU will shape future policy.” Promoting energy effi- ciency through education is a key initiative of the SES partnership.


“SES provides energy ef- ficiency knowledge and information that is geared toward the general public,” Joiner said. “These research projects will only increase over time. In the near fu- ture, SES will provide com- mercial energy audits too.” The CREC Foundation, a charitable organization that distributes funds to in- dividuals and organizations


24 OKLAHOMA LIVING


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CARRY CASE


and information, visit your co- op’s website through http:// www.oaec.com/about_us/in- dex.cfm?page=ourmembers. OL


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