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Powerline Press NEWSLETTER November 2013


A Supplement of Oklahoma Living Published by Lake Region Electric Cooperative for its members. Vol. 4


Residential Electric Rates Among Lowest


Residential Rates (LREC ranked 3rd lowest in Oklahoma)


Does it make any dif- Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month If you are


expecting guests for holiday festivities,


consider giving your heating unit a break.


With the oven cranked up and the house packed with people, the temperature will rise on its own. Also make sure it has a clean filter so it can work as efficiently as possible all winter long.


Source: TogetherWeSave.com


ference to belong to an electric cooperative? As a member of a not-for- profit electric cooperative, you receive electricity at the lowest possible cost! Originally, cooperatives served rural areas not prof- itable enough for investor- owned utilities.


Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Inc. contin- ues to offer some of the most reasonable and low- est electric costs of utilities in the state of Oklahoma.


How do we do it? Because our members


$70 $75 $80 $85 $90 $95 $100 $105 $110 $115 $120


116.38 107.03


96.85 No. 11


2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 LREC


U. S. Source: CFC Key Ratio Trend Analysis


The chart on this page is based on the data provided by National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) comparing average monthly bill of 1,000 kWhs of LREC members to other cooperatives within Oklahoma and the nation.


own us, our focus is service, not profit. That means we operate at cost. If there is any left over after the bills are paid, it is returned to you, the members, in the form of capital credits. Even when future rates go up, as will the


Offices Closed LREC will be closed November 28th & 29th in observance of Thanksgiving.


cost of most goods or services you buy, we should still have some of the most reasonable rates in Oklahoma.


Quick Facts • LREC members’ electric bills are about 10% lower than the average among the 26 Oklaho- ma electric cooperatives.


• LREC’s residential rates ranked 23rd lowest among the 26 Oklahoma electric cooperatives.


• LREC’s rates are 17% lower than the Na- tional average.


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• LREC’s rates have been steady from 2002 to 2009.


• In 2009, environmental cost and EPA mandates on coal power plants forced the increase in the cost of LREC’s power supply and slightly increased LREC’s rates.


• The rates have remained unchanged since 2009.


What's a kilowatt-hour (kWh)? It's the basic unit of electric power and the way we measure your monthly usage. We multiply the number of kWhs by the per unit cost* (around seven cents/kWh on the winter rate). One kilowatt-hour of electric- ity will run a 15-watt compact fluorescent bulb for more than 66 hours.


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