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Powerline Press February 2014


A Supplement of Oklahoma Living Published by Lake Region Electric Cooperative for its members. Vol. 5


Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month


Your heat pump can use 10 percent to 25 percent more energy if it’s not properly maintained, which includes regularly


checking and replacing the air filter when it’s dirty to


keep parts from working too hard or even becoming damaged. Keep brush and plants tidy around the outdoor unit, and dust the return registers inside.


Source:


U.S. Department of Energy


Lake Region Electric Coop- erative set a new all-time high winter electricity usage peak of 100,686 kW at 8:00 A.M. on January 6, 2014. The previous high winter peak was 97,228 kW which was set on February 10, 2011. Hamid Vahdatipour, LREC CEO, stated, “Below zero temperatures across the system, as well as load on a Monday following the holi- days, drove the system peak. Across the system temperatures were in the single digits with wind chill factors in the negative digits. Our system


held up very well under these circum- stances.”


Annual Meeting Cooperative members


NEWSLETTER No. 2


Extreme Cold Creates Record Demand for Electricity


During the peak, Associated Electric Coopera-


tive, LREC power supplier, met all the electricity needs with all its owned and contracted coal units on line, as well as St Francis and Chouteau com- bined-cycle gas units and the Essex simple-cycle gas unit. Wind energy (152MW) and hydropower (478 MW) also were used to meet the member peak. With the extreme cold weather, Lake Region


Electric Cooperative is alerting members of the effects on energy consumption. “With the cold temperatures comes increased usage and higher electric bills,” stated Glen Clark, LREC Member Services.


LREC recommends the thermostat setting of 68


degrees. For every degree above this setting mem- bers will add approximately 4-8 percent to their heating cost.


April 26, 2014


LREC Accepting Board Member Nominations What you need to know before running for the LREC Board of Trustees Lake Region Electric


will be asked to vote for two trustees at the coop- erative’s annual meeting of the membership, Satur- day, April 26, 2014 at the Hulbert Public School in Hulbert, Oklahoma. Any member in good standing may submit nom- inations by petition on forms provided by the coop- erative. These forms will be available at the Hulbert office between February 25, 2014 and March 21, 2014. Each nominating petition must include 15 or more member signatures. Certain minimal qualifications are required by basic law and the cooperative’s bylaws for one to be eligible for election or appointed to and to serve on the cooperative’s board. It is the ultimate legal responsibility of the board


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to ensure that these requirements are met and complied with. If the board should determine that an incumbent, nominee, or potential appointee lacks or has lost any of the necessary legal qualifications, it is the duty of the board to remove such incumbent or to declare such nom- inee or potential appointee ineligible for election, which- ever may be the case. By adopting, publishing and appropriately dissemi-


nating this policy and the attached related affirmation form, it is the board’s respectful hope that trustee incum- bents, nominees, or potential appointees will not only be fully apprised of these requirements, but mindful of their importance in deciding whether to continue or com- mence service on the board.


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