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TAKE ACTION


BY ZAC PERKINS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER


We’ve written before about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to limit carbon dioxide at new power plants. These regulations, along with others the EPA has in store for existing plants, have the potential to drive up your electric bills.


Now is the time for electric cooperative members to join their voices together to send a clear message to the EPA: please remember consumers as you write these regulations.


You can help first by visiting www.Action.coop today and sending a comment to the EPA. You can also help by sharing the link with your friends and family.


What’s at stake? Beyond providing safe, affordable electricity, we are concerned with the local economy which will suffer if electric rates rise significantly.


While these regulations are technical, the potential increase in electric rates is something we take personally because we know it’s difficult to make ends meet month-to-month. We know the tough choices you face – we all face – in trying to live on a budget. That’s what sets cooperatives apart from other utilities and that’s why we must stand together.


At TCEC, we’ve encouraged all of our employees to sign up. Take a stand with us and urge your families and friends to do the same.


We’re powering the future, driving economic growth and fostering innovation for you. Help us keep moving forward.


Visit www.Action.coop today! n


DIANE MURPHEY OF GOODWELL SUBMITTED JANUARY’S WINNING PHOTO FOR THE THEME SEASONS. PHOTO DESCRIPTION: BOB WHITE QUAIL HIDING IN YUCCA AFTER A SNOWSTORM.


TCEC photo contest theme: Celebrations


‘Celebrations’ will be accepted through March 5. M


“We purposely have few rules and a vague theme to encourage participation,” said JuliAnn Graham, communications coordinator. “Tis is a way to engage folks.”


Te contest prize is “Prairie Flavors,” a special 65th Anniversary cookbook. It normally retails for $29.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.


Members can email their photo submissions to info@tcec.coop or they can use the online form found at www.tcec.coop. Photos must be acceptable quality for print. For example, many newer smartphones will take acceptable photos but basic phones likely will not. Most of today’s digital cameras take acceptable quality photos. If a member is unsure, they can submit a photo to see if the quality is acceptable.


If a photo is selected for publication somewhere other than the newsletter such as Facebook or the cooperative’s website, the member will receive a different gift.


Note that all photos submitted become property of TCEC for use in print and/or on the Internet. Questions regarding the contest should be directed to JuliAnn Graham at 580.652.3876 or info@tcec.coop. n


January’s photo winner


embers who participate in TCEC’s photo contest have the chance to have their photo published by the cooperative and win an Oklahoma Living 65th Anniversary cookbook. Submissions for the first quarter theme of


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