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Powerline Press October 2012


A Supplement of Oklahoma Living Published by Lake Region Electric Cooperative for its members. Vol. 3


 Tip of the Month


Two degrees can make a big difference on your electric bill. Setting your thermostat 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher in summer and lower in the winter results in major energy savings. Investing in a programmable thermostat can save even more, these devices


automatically lower and raise your


home’s temperature. Set it and forget it!


Source: U.S. Department of Energy


Vandalism Causes Major Outage


NEWSLETTER No. 10


Bullets Damage LREC Substation Transformer Members of Lake Region


Electric Cooperative (LREC) were affected by a large outage early September 5, 2012. A van-  a hole in the Tahlequah substa- tion’s main transformer and two other shots hit electric breakers. The hole in the 7,500/10,500 kVA  oil leak, which caused the trans- former to short circuit, leaving ap- proximately 2,000 meters without electricity.


LREC line crews and KAMO Power crews were dispatched immediately and the distribu- tion lines were rerouted in order to back feed the affected areas so power could be restored. The ma- jority of members had their power restored within two hours. A mobile substation had to be


brought from KAMO Power in Vinita, who operates and main- tains the substation. Work continued for several days after the outage. A cleanup crew


had to clean the spilled mineral oil and replace gravel inside the substation. The following week, KAMO Power crews replaced the damaged transformer with a new transformer. “This prank is estimated to cost just under $1 million in dam-


ages and other associated costs.” Hamid Vahdatipour stated. “Costs of vandalism ultimately impact LREC members, either directly or indirectly.” A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Vahdatipour is asking anyone with information about who vandalized the substation and breakers to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department at (918) 456-2583, or call LREC at (918) 772-2526 or 800-364-LREC.


Sign-Up For Automatic Bank-Draft Contest Winners Electronic payment options like Automatic Bank-Draft can save members time and money by


Please Recycle


avoiding the use of checks, stamps, and driving expenses. During the month of August members who signed up for Automatic Bank-Draft were entered into a random drawing for four $25 Wal-Mart gift cards. Congratulations: Bradley Asbill, Michael Evans, Janice and Tim Hewitt, and Kimberli Lee.


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