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■ commentary Co-op Plan Pays Off System improvements result in savings for members I


n 2007, Choctaw Electric Cooperative instituted a strategic plan to improve the dependability and overall quality of service for all co-op members. The task has been arduous, but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Following the massive ice storm in 2000, CEC developed a plan to cut and clean the right-of-way. We strengthened that plan, and continued to improve nearly 4,000 feet of right of way. An upgrade of our computer system has enabled us to replace meters that were not functioning adequately and


BY TERRY MATLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


We also established a truck tracking system that lets us to follow our trucks on a white board, allowing for improved safety and more dependability.


In the midst of these


improvements, CEC established a plan for paying capital credits that has returned some $4.5 million to members over the past eight years.


“In October, we will issue a redesigned billing statement, which will include a decrease in the per kwh rate you are currently being charged.”


required too much maintenance. The new meters include features such as remote connect and disconnect, usage monitoring, digital reading, outage data, billing, and prepaid metering.


System mapping is now electronically recorded by GPS, and we have upgraded equipment, replaced bad poles and ameriductor wire, and re-sized line and transformers which has increased reliability and decreased line loss,and installed new switch gear and back fed the system to allow more dependability.


Our desire was to improve service and increase reliability while lowering cost on our side of the coin.


We have completed the first phase of our plan. Now we begin phase 2, which is to lower the overall cost per kilowatt- hour (kwh).


In October, we will issue a redesigned billing statement, which will include a decrease in the per kwh rate you are currently being charged. The savings we achieved through our system upgrades allowed us to reduce our operating budget over the past two years and make this rate decrease possible.


We are proud of this, and commend the employees, staff, and board of trustees for their part in this accomplishment.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Mike Bailey, President Bob Hodge, Vice President


Rodney Lovitt , Secretary Treasurer MEMBERS


Bill McCain Henry Baze Bob Holley


Buddy Anderson Joe Briscoe


Larry Johnson MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Terry Matlock, Chief Executive Officer Susan G. Wall, Executive Assistant Jia Johnson, Director of Public Relations Tonia Allred, Benefits Specialist


Jimmie K. Ainsworth, Director of Finance and Accounting


Jim Malone, Director of Operations Darrell Ward, District Supervisor


HUGO OFFICE PO Box 758 Hwy 93 North


Hugo, Oklahoma 74743


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 326-6486 FAX (580) 326-2492


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm IDABEL OFFICE


2114 SE Washington Idabel, Oklahoma 74745


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 286-7155


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


ANTLERS OFFICE HC 67 Box 62


Antlers, Oklahoma 74523 (One mile east of Antlers)


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 298-3201


Two Contests For Members Offer Cash Prizes


■Find the Lucky Lightbulb Visit the co-op website at www. choctawelectric.coop and find the lucky lightbulb. If you spot it, please email Lois Ann Beason at lbeason@ choctawelectric.coop. You could win $25!


■Lucky Account Number: Search your newsletter for the lucky account number. If you find the number and it belongs to you, contact CEC by the 10th of the month for a bill credit up to $100.Call, stop by, or email. 800-780-6486, ext 207, email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop.


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm On the Web:


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


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