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Cimarron Electric Cooperative


February 2014 www.cimarronelectric.com


Deep Freeze!


This winter is getting long and expensive. I heard the weather- men (and women) talking about how much colder this winter has been compared to last year.


How do colder temperatures relate to increases in electricity sales?


Western Farmers Electric Cooper- ative (WFEC) generates and sells the electricity to Cimarron Electric and 18 other member coopera- tives in Oklahoma. They report the electricity sales every month. Let’s look at their electricity sales and the colder temperatures.


The following is a quick break- down of the winter....so far.


Photo taken by Sam Trent at his house this past month in Kingfisher. Cold temperatures would freeze back any ice melted into long icicles.


In October, it was cooler than normal with an increase of nearly 19% in electrical sales over bud- geted levels for WFEC.


November was much colder this year than last year. Electricity sales were nearly 26% higher than WFEC’s budget. The average temp for Nov. was 46.2 degrees. This is about 7.5 degrees colder than the previous November.


December 2013 was 27.8% colder than in Dec. 2012. Sales for the month of December were near 835,000 MWh for WFEC. This calculates to an increase of nearly 30% MWh sales over the normal budget levels. We also had ice accumulations from a little freezing rain up to an inch in some places. We are thankful that the wind didn’t get up higher or we would have been in trouble.


It was around January 6th when the “Polar Express” barreled down from the north with record setting low temperatures. January 7 had a low of 0 degrees with ridiculous negative wind chills. It looks like another colder than normal month, at the time of this writing.


So, it seems that there is a direct relationship to colder temps and higher electricity sales. We know we use more electricity. How about the price of electricity? Has it gone up? No, the price of electricity has stayed the same. Cimarron Electric has not had a rate increase in 5 years! What can I do to control my bill? Turn to page 2 for some ideas.


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