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New Facility Timeline Revealed BY ERIN MOORE, Member Solutions Coordinator


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When selecting a unit for home generation, beware that not all vendors are reputable or reliable. The payback for the investment can also take a long time to see after initial purchase and maintenance costs. If you are considering purchasing generation and have questions, please reach out to us here at TCEC and we will help you however we can in the process.


Because the equipment is owned by the member, TCEC will not recommend any particular brand or installer but we can point you to resources that will help you choose.


CURRENT COOPERATIVE FACILITIES ARE SPREAD THROUGHOUT HOOKER, AS SEEN IN GREEN ON THE ABOVE MAP OF HOOKER. THE LOCATION OF THE NEW FACILITY IS INDICATED WITH THE BLUE STAR.


facility ready for move-in by mid-2015. T


Once the facility is built, all employees will move into the facility together and will occupy the same building for the fi rst time in the cooperative’s history. TCEC’s headquarters, warehouse and numerous other buildings are currently separate facilities which reduces productivity.


he cooperative’s new facility planning and development remains underway. T e timeline for the construction will be fast paced with the


GROUNDBREAKING: APRIL-MAY 2014


CONSTRUCTION: REMAINDER OF 2014 THROUGH MID-2015


GRAND OPENING: FALL 2015


Any unit connected to our system is a potential a safety hazard to our linemen if not installed correctly, therefore we recommend members use qualifi ed contractors and licensed professionals when installing their units. Most importantly, the member must install a visible load break switch approved by TCEC and accessible to our personnel.


T e new facility will provide enough space to accommodate the cooperative’s current needs and provide room for expansion should the need arise in the future.


Today, the cooperative’s facilities are spread throughout Hooker, as marked in green on the above map. Going from place to place to conduct business is ineffi cient. Current facilities are also out of compliance with regulatory policies, such as the American with Disabilities Act and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


T e new facility will provide many benefi ts to employees and will enhance the quality of service the cooperative off ers to its members. One way it will do this is by providing a conditioned warehouse for loading and unloading materials needed for restoration of service in outage situations. Currently, all line trucks are parked in the open.


As progress continues on the new facility in the coming months, local contractors will have the opportunity to bid. Local vendors interested in contributing to the construction of the cooperative’s new facility may review the contractor specifi cations and fi nd out how to apply at www.tcec.coop when the information is available. Paric Corporation, the project management fi rm for the facility, will consider the applications and will be in contact with contractors selected for the job. n


We also recommend members contact us early in the process of purchasing a unit since its installation may require an extension of our facilities to gain electric service. Such extensions are subject to our line extension policy where the member is responsible for the cost to extend the line. We can provide an estimate of the cost of a line extension at the member’s request. Our staking and construction crews are very busy so members should allow a couple of weeks to obtain the estimate.


Our full net metering program is outlined on our website at www.tcec.coop. I encourage anyone interested in purchasing distributed generation to download the guidelines and review them. Please let us know if we can help. n


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