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Looking at the Alternatives Co-op’s prepare to meet the growing energy demand


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rom heads of household to heads of state, at some point we must all look ahead and ponder how to meet our future needs. The same is true for electric utilities.


Energy experts tell us that demand for electricity in electric cooperative service areas across the nation is expected to grow by 12,600 megawatts (MW) over the next 10 years. Electric cooperatives realize that diversity in fuels used to generate that


It’s true that advancements have been made in carbon capture and nuclear technology, however, not much has been done to provide the incentives necessary to encourage development and reduce costs so that consumers can afford these non-conventional energy sources.


BY TERRY MATLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


In an attempt to manage the future electricity needs of members, electric co-ops have spent a considerable amount of time developing


electricity is vital if we wish to continue providing an affordable, reliable electricity supply for our members.


Coal is a significant source of power for your electric cooperative and many other co-ops across the nation. Even so, alternatives to coal-powered generation are necessary and prudent. At Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC), wind, solar, hydro and natural gas are also part of the mix or blend of fuels used to generate electricity.


In the ongoing energy debate over our national energy policy, electric cooperatives believe Congress should provide appropriate funding for the research and development of additional clean technologies.


New look for Inside Your Co-op


With this issue, CEC Inside Your Co-op rolls out a brand new look. With a change in fonts, larger photos and a more magazine- like page format, your co-op staff hope the change will appeal to readers of all ages, and keep your newsletter vibrant and readable. We will continue to share important co-op news with members


energy efficient strategies. These strategies include educating members and promoting the use of more efficient appliances, encouraging members to adopt better energy use habits, providing loans and incentives to help members make energy efficient upgrades to their homes, and funding the development of energy efficient technologies.


By encouraging our national leaders to adopt a wise energy policy and promoting wise energy use at home, Choctaw Electric and other electric cooperatives across the country hope to curb the growing demand for electricity, and maybe save you a little money along the way. ■


Convenient Payment Options


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) provides several convenient bill payment options and payment plans. For more details on any of our payment options, please contact your CEC billing representative at 800-780-6486, or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


Pay online at www.choctawelectric.coop. Using our secure payment site you can also view your account history, check your account balance, energy usage and more.


Budget Billing. With this option your energy usage is averaged over 11 months, helping you avoid seasonal high bills and so you avoid seasonal high bills.


Automatic Payment Plan. Monthly bill payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking, savings, or credit card account.


After Hours Payments. Choctaw Electric offers a drive through window and payment drop box at each CEC office locations in Hugo, Idabel and Antlers.


Authorized Payment Locations. Pay your bill at any of the following locations Monday through Friday during regular office hours.


while highlighting CEC’s many services and programs. Information on local events, fascinating members and businesses, recipes and free classified ads should provide a nice content balance of content.


Inside Your Co-op is published 12 times a year for members of Choctaw Electric Cooperative.


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First Bank & Trust, Idabel


McCurtain County National Bank, Idabel Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Idabel Idabel National Bank, Idabel First Bank, Antlers


Ameri State Bank, Antlers


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Antlers First National Bank, Broken Bow First Bank and Trust, Broken Bow


McCurtain County National Bank, Broken Bow Shamrock Bank, Clayton


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Hugo First Bank, Hugo


First Bank and Trust, Hochatown First State Bank, Valliant


McCurtain County National Bank, Valliant First Bank and Trust, Wright City


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