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TAKE ACTION


BY ZAC PERKINS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER


This month, I’m going to echo Jack’s CEO View message because it is so important for our members.


Now is a critical time for members to submit comments regarding the EPA’s new power plant rule.


For this reason, TCEC included an insert with February statements regarding the Action.coop website. I hope everyone will take this opportunity to either visit the site or return the card so their comments can be heard.


We’re concerned because the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new power plant rule effectively eliminates new coal power plants as a future electric generation option. It takes a reliable domestic fuel with a historically predictable cost off the table.


The emissions standards require carbon capture and storage at new coal plants that does not exist on a commercial scale at any power plant. As we turn to other sources of electrical generation, electric bills across the nation are expected to rise.


Every electric cooperative member can help us keep electricity affordable by going to online to submit comments to the EPA. Your participation is vital to the success of our efforts.


Tell your friends and neighbors about our efforts and encourage them to raise their voice too. Grassroots efforts are at the heart of the cooperative difference. Only by joining together and taking a stand will we be successful.


Visit www.Action.coop today! n


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


February’s photo winner


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


LELAYNE TAPP OF BOISE CITY SUBMITTED FEBRUARY’S WINNING PHOTO FOR THE THEME SEASONS. PHOTO DESCRIPTION: ON A SUMMER’S DAY AT LAKE CARL ETLING NEAR BLACK MESA STATE PARK.


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