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Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), is entering into a partnership with the geothermal industry with the support of the Cooperative Research Network (the technology research arm of NRECA) to embark on a residential geothermal validation study (see page 7). Although geothermal is the most "green" of any known energy source, installing the system is price prohibitive for many. Tis study will provide comprehensive data


on geothermal's viability for residential heating and cooling. We hope this partnership will lead to further investment in geothermal systems, bringing the cost down to a more accessible level for members. It is an exciting and environmentally proactive opportunity for OEC and its members. Tink about the impact electricity made in


rural areas over 75 years ago. People lived longer because they no longer had to work from dusk to dawn at backbreaking chores. Farm production jumped allowing farmers to do more than subsist. Tings like running water, lights, and stored food were possible—and with those leaps, our ancestors’ lives were given new opportunities. Our hope is geothermal will prove to be a perfect marriage of environmental interests and economic realities. We were contacted last month by a member


concerned about the apparent slant of an item on the Industry News: Headlines page (see page 5). Te item–on the Keystone XL pipeline–was from an NRECA news bulletin. NRECA represents


rom the top Max A. Meek, CEO and General Manager


Making Life Better: Balancing environmental interests with economic responsibility


electric co-op interests in Washington, D.C., but the bulletin was a story from the Washington Times. Te intent of the Industry News page is to provide you with information on current industry headlines without bias, but we recognize that this news item did report on only one opinion of the matter. In the future we will always include links to the full articles and/or where you can find more information. OEC and NRECA try to balance concerns


for environmental stewardship with our fiscal responsibilities. We do this because we represent a wide range of people with wide ranging priorities and financial concerns. We do not make energy purchasing decisions with a goal of making the largest profit margin possible; rather, we make decisions based on keeping rates as low as possible while delivering the best possible service. We do this because our first priority is you, our members. We have a responsibility to provide you with affordable power—it's why co-ops were created. OEC is more than a power provider. We’re


proof that when folks unite with a single focus, we can bring dreams to reality. Our purpose— powering this community and empowering you, our members—can make life better. Please continue to communicate with us about what is important to you. Send your ideas, concerns, and opinions to MemberServices@okcoop.org or call us at (405) 321-2024. You can also write us a letter. Send it to: OEC News, PO Box 1208, Norman, OK 73070-1208.


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