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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


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LIVEWIRE SEPTEMBER 2013 | VOLUME 64 ISSUE 9 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


CEO VIEW BY JACK L. PERKINS, CEO


Power to the people


Delivering power safely, reliably and affordably is the co-op’s goal BY JULIANN GRAHAM, CCC, Communications Coordinator


Maintaining more than 5,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines requires a huge investment of money and time for the cooperative. For members, system maintenance means safer communities, fewer outages and higher quality electric service.


You will receive an invitation to our annual meeting with the headline: “Don’t be left in the dark. Attend your annual meeting.”


While we won’t turn off your lights if you choose not to attend the meeting, you will be missing out if you’re not there.


We want you to attend so we can enlighten you regarding the health of the cooperative and the state of the utility industry. During the business meeting, I will talk about the cooperative’s financials, which are great. I will also provide our perspective on current issues that may affect your electric bill.


Not only will you hear from me, you will also have an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. All the cooperative’s employees and trustees will be on hand that evening.


CONTINUED ON PAGE THREE ROBBIE PADEN CUTS A POWER LINE DURING A POLE CHANGE OUT WITH ADAM GARRISON AND THEIR CREW.


Safety Some of the cooperative’s system infrastructure is 60 plus years old. It’s from a time before experts knew to take many of the precautions that are taken today when installing such equipment, both for the sake of the public and the cooperative’s employees. As Tri- County Electric reviews and inspects its system, hazards are identified and addressed. Hazards can be anything from incorrectly installed meter loops


to low hanging power lines to clearance around equipment.


Reliability In August 2006, Tri-County Electric acquired territory from Xcel Energy, an investor owned utility. Then, in December and January the system was decimated by a pair of debilitating ice storms. During this time, the cooperative learned about the system and where it was most likely to fail. While some outages


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