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Kilowatt K


MARCH 2014


Published for members of Kiwash Electric Cooperative


A supplement to Oklahoma Living


iwash Electric may be the third smallest electric co-op in Oklahoma, but


that didn’t stop members from taking action against the EPA’s move to eliminate coal as a generating fuel.


Over 150 Kiwash Electric members issued email comments to congressional representatives and EPA officials that spelled out concerns over power plant emission standards. The standards could eliminate coal as a generating fuel and leave consumers more vulnerable to price hikes. Electric co- ops rely on coal, natural gas,


Share your concerns about EPA with friends and family across social media, or direct them to action.coop where they can learn more and send their own messages.


hydro and wind to generate electricity for their members. “Having a balanced mix of fuels is important to keeping rates affordable for our members,” says Dennis Krueger, Kiwash Electric Cooperative general manager. “When we have more options to choose from to generate electricity,


Understanding right-of-way ensures better cooperation. page 2


Meet the newest member of your cooperative board. page 3


Food safety tips can help during a major power outage. page 4


Kiwash Electric Cooperative PO Box 100 • 120 West 1st Street Cordell, Oklahoma


tele: (888) 832-3362 www.kiwash.coop


Kiwash Members Stand Up to EPA Small-but-mighty membership voices climate change concerns


A NOTE TO MEMBERS


I want to thank you for playing a big role in our effort to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that we need a sensible, balanced approach to America’s energy needs and environmental concerns - instead of forcing top-down regulations onto hard- working Americans.


Over 100,000 real people have joined this nationwide effort. I expect that number to increase in 2014 as more consumers realize these plans will raise their power costs.


We need to keep the pressure on the EPA! Please watch for updates on this ussue in your newsletter, and on Facebook, throughout the year.


Thank you so much for being a part of this effort.


Sincerely, Dennis Krueger, General Manager Kiwash Electric Cooperative


we are less vulnerable to price swings in the energy market.”


Electric co-ops across the nation appealed to members to get involved in the debate by pointing them to the Cooperative Action Network at www.action.coop. The site explains the issue in detail and provides a prepared email that members may use “as is” or add


comments based on their own experiences.


To date, over 100,000 co-op members nationwide have used the site to email their concerns to federal officials. Among Oklahoma electric co-ops, Kiwash Electric Cooperative members have sent the most emails on the issue thus far.


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