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Powerline Press


A Supplement of Oklahoma Living Published by Lake Region Electric Cooperative for its members. March 2014


Vol. 5 Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month


Appliances account for about 13 percent of your home’s energy use. If they have energy- saving settings, use them! If they are nearing 20 years old, consider replacing them with a new, energy- efficient model. And remember to try smart power strips for smaller appliances and electronics that continue to draw power even when turned off.


Source: U.S. Department of Energy


purchases our wholesale power from Associated Electric Cooperative (AECI) based in Spring- field Missouri. AECI is a wholesale power gen- eration and high voltage transmission coopera- tive.


AECI’s electricity is produced using a mix of fuels and technologies from coal, natural gas, hydropower, wind and affordable electric purchased on the open market. For more than 50 years, AECI has provided


reliable, wholesale power generation and trans- mission to its six transmission co-op member/ owners. They supply 51 local electric coopera- tives in Missouri, Iowa, and Oklahoma. Hydropower - AECI receives supplemen-


tal and peaking power from Southwestern Pow- er Administration, the federal power marketing agency that supplies power from 17 reservoirs across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. While hydropower is one of our cheapest re- sources, it is limited commodity dependent on rainfall and the capacity of lakes and dams to store the water.


NEWSLETTER No. 3


Ever Wonder How Your Electricity is Generated


Coal and Natural Gas - Coal generation supplies the bulk of members’ electricity, typi- cally about 80 percent. Lower natural gas has led to increased natural gas generation. Coal and natural gas are typically less expensive fuels for electricity generation than intermitted wind or solar. Power plants can operate around the clock and do not depend on the ability of storage like wind, water, and solar power. Fossil fuel based


Continues on page 2 LREC Members Donate Spare


Change to Help the Community “Neighbors helping neighbors,” is one of


the principles of rural electric cooperatives. Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program is one successful example of cooperative members helping the commu- nity.


Operation Round-Up allows members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. Each participating mem-


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ber contributes less than a dollar each month, averaging around six dollars a year. The change is put into a spe- cial charitable fund and awarded in grants to individuals, organizations, and causes in our lo- cal communities.


Operation Round-Up grant recipients listed on page 2


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AECI Power Plant in Chouteau, Oklahoma


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