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Q. A.


We called to report a power outage but the crew drove right past our house. Why didn’t they stop to repair my service?


This is a question that electric utilities hear frequently, usually during a major power outage.


That’s typically a time of high frustration for all involved, and some members may feel they are being ignored when a repair crew passes them by, but that’s certainly not the case.


During an outage, Choctaw Electric Cooperative must first locate the source of the problem, and then determine how to solve it. Each situation offers a unique set of problems, making it difficult to know when power will be restored.


In working an outage, Choctaw Electric crews must systematically repair problems from the substation outward because that’s the path electricity follows as it flows to your home.


When that co-op crew drove past your home, they were most likely trying to locate the source of the problem—and that’s the first right step in restoring power to you and your neighbors. After all, it would do little good to remove a limb from the line in your front yard if there’s a tree on the line farther “upstream.”


Like any ground force, Choctaw Electric crews must work strategically and efficiently to be effective. It’s the quickest route to restoring power for you and your neighbors.


Do you have a question for your electric co-op? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit your questions by mail or email to:


Jennifer Boling


Choctaw Electric Cooperative PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North Hugo,Oklahoma 74743


Email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop. 4 | august 2013


CEC’s Mark Zachry shows off special equipment and tools used by co-op linemen, as Kilowatt Kids Camp participants in Hugo look on.


PHOTO/JENNIFER BOLING


Kilowatt Kids enjoy half day of co-op fun


Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s Kilowatt Kids Camp, which took place in July, drew a lively group of kids who kept staff and volunteers busy. The first through third grade students spent the morning playing games, making crafts and learning about electrical safety and other topics. Forty students enrolled in camp.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) created Kilowatt Kids Camp in 2008. It has since become a popular event among parents and children from all parts of CEC service territory.


CEC thanks students, parents and everyone who helped make camp this year a huge success. For more details and photos from 2013 Kilowatt Kids Camp, please visit your co-op website at www. choctawelectric.coop.


Need help paying your bill?


If you are struggling to pay your electric bill, your electric co-op can help. CEC’s billing department provides a list of resources and social services that are available to members who need financial assistance. Please call your co-op at 800-780-6486, ext. 204.


Co-op safety class available for school children


With kids heading back to school this month, it’s a good time for youth leaders and school teachers to begin planning activities for their kids.


CEC offers safety demonstrations for kids that makes learning about elec- trical safety fun as well as educational. The course uses tools, toys and even hot dogs to demonstrate the power of electricty. “It makes an impression on kids that we hope will protect them from electrical hazards,” said Brad Kendrick, CEC member services representative.


For more details, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


CPR classes offered


Choctaw Electric Cooperative offers CPR training to local communities, groups and organizations as part of its commitment to safety. Classes are taught by qualified instructors and include course materials for participants to take home.


For more details, please contact Guy Dale, CEC safety coordinator, at 800- 780-6486, ext. 227.


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