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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


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LIVEWIRE DECEMBER 2013 | VOLUME 64 ISSUE 12 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


CEO VIEW BY JACK L. PERKINS, CEO


A VINTAGE PHOTO OF THE COOPERATIVE’S HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AT 302 EAST GLAYDAS IN HOOKER.


Cooperative outgrows its current facilities


In my column last month, I urged each of you to visit www.action.coop to raise your voice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Presidential Administration’s “All- but-one” approach to energy policy.


Members can submit comments to the EPA through mid-December so I yet again encourage you to visit action.coop to learn more about the energy policy that will impact your electric bill.


We need to balance energy needs with environmental concerns. That means we need an “all-of-the-above” approach that includes all available options to meet our energy needs.


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Members of Tri-County Electric will have a new place to pay their bill in a couple years. Employees will have a little room to breathe when they move into the cooperative’s new facility in late 2015.


“The current headquarters building is more than 50 years old,” CEO Jack Perkins said. “We have outgrown it and it does not meet today’s standards such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.”


Plans are under way to have all the cooperative’s facilities, including its warehouse, on one site near Hooker. The new facility will be northeast of Dollar General on Highway 54.


Tri-County Electric’s Board of Trustees and management team have carefully considered the decision


to build new facilities, weighing the pros and cons involved. The trustees formed a facilities committee of three board members to work closely with management to make the process as efficient as possible.


“The new building will not drive rate increases,” Perkins said. “We are making an investment in the cooperative’s future. Just as with our current building, we need to build the new facility so it will meet the cooperative’s needs for the next 50 years.”


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