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commentar y BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Dale Shaw


Richard Medlock Doug Binns Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


The Value of Electricity Compared to other goods, it's a bargain


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owadays, it seems everyone is connected on the go—whether they’re making phone calls, text


messaging, or checking e-mail. Such communication freedom is a luxury we pay for, generally without grumbling.


So why is it that when it comes to electricity—a necessity in our modern world—many of us complain when the electric bill comes every month? We expect electricity to be there at the flip of the switch, and when it’s not, we get angry or frustrated.


Hey, I’m no different—I expect the lights to come on every time, too, and as CEO of Kiamichi Electric Cooperative, I have a responsibility to make sure your electric service is safe, reliable, and affordable. But I also believe that when compared to other commodities, electricity remains a great value.


For example, over the past 10 years, gasoline has shot up 12.66 percent on average annually, a loaf of white bread rose 3.73 percent; and a dozen eggs jumped 7.39 percent per year.


Electricity, on the other hand, has increased just 3.7 percent a year nationally for the past decade. When you consider how reliable electricity is —and that it's a 24-hour-a-day


operation roundup


Monthly Financial Report YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS:


YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: 2 | may-june 2013 | Light Post


$21,809.90 $26,868.50


$1,039,742.29 $983,506.91


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


service— the value goes up even more. At Kiamichi Electric we’re working hard to reduce even the briefest interruptions. With innovative technology on our side, we aim to increase our service reliability and control costs.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Those cell phones I mentioned earlier? The U.S. Energy Information Administration says nearly a third of all U.S. households have at least four electronic devices, such as cell phones, plugged in and charging at any given time. In the past 30 years, the amount of residential electricity used by appliances and electronics has increased from 17 percent to 31 percent. More homes than ever use major appliances and central air conditioning, while digital video recorders (DVRs), computers, and multiple televisions have become "the norm."


Clearly, our appetite for electricity shows no signs of slowing down. So the next time you flip a switch, use your toaster, or sit down to watch TV, remember the value of electricity. It's a great bargain.


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