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Service techs (Continued) YOUR VOICE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE


CO-OP NATION


ACTION.COOP


TCEC EMPLOYEES ARE USING POSTCARDS LIKE THE ABOVE TO SPREAD THE WORD REGARDING THE CO-OP’S ACTION.COOP EFFORTS. AS OF APRIL 4, TCEC MEMBERS HAD SUBMITTED 1,658 COMMENTS.


“I have people chasing me for cards,” said Greenfi eld, who hands out the cards at high school basketball games and Rotary Club meetings. “T e other night, I was coming out of a restaurant from dinner with my wife, and some people said, ‘I hear you have some of those cards.’”


Laura Marshall Schepis, NRECA’s vice president of political aff airs, commended the workers’ eff orts.


“Bill and Gary are making this campaign real for people and that’s exactly what it takes—however we get it done—to achieve success,” she said.


Greenfi eld and Barnes are participants in a Tri-County EC contest to generate Action. coop signatures. Employees who submit cards are eligible to enter a drawing to win a tablet or cash.


But even though prizes are on the line, both men are adamant those aren’t the main motivators.


“I don’t want my bill going up either,” said Barnes. “I live in an all-electric home.”


“We need to keep electricity aff ordable for our members,” added Greenfi eld. “My mother, there’s no way she can pay her electric bill if it doubles or triples. In Beaver County [his service area], there’s a lot of older people on fi xed incomes. T is would


devastate them.” n ECT.coop Editor’s Note: T is is part of an ongoing series of stories highlighting the work electric co-ops are doing as part of the Action. coop campaign. T e nationwide eff ort is aimed at urging the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at new power plants and work with co-ops on developing a “common-sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns.” T is week’s spotlight is on Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Hooker, Okla.


Article reprinted with permission from Electric Co-op Today: www.ect.coop. T is article was originally published on the ECT.coop website on March 24, 2014.


STRONG & PROUD


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Another way we educate members regarding safety is by including a safety article in every issue of this LiveWire newsletter.


Every May, we run a coloring contest for kids to help educate them on safety. We always promote the contest to local schools as a great way to involve them.


From performing regular system inspections to tree trimming, our employees are always on the lookout for safety concerns.


If you see any safety concerns on our lines, whether it’s plants too close to our pad mount transformers or tree houses near power lines, please call us to investigate and resolve the issue.


We frequently promote the Touchstone Energy Weather Connection app to our members. Premium features on this weather radio app are normally $9.99 but our members can enable them for free with our Co-op Code of 8005223315. Most importantly, the app provides “follow me” weather alerts through the member’s smart device. Receive severe storm and tornado warnings wherever you go. Learn more about the app by watching April’s TCEC Member Matters video on You Tube.


Internally, Shellie Shorb, TCEC’s safety and loss control coordinator, ensures we host a safety meeting for our employees every month. We also publish a monthly safety article in our employee newsletter to keep safety front and center.


In 2013, we formed a safety committee to provide education and tools to help employees improve and maintain their knowledge of safety. Its challenge is to elevate awareness among employees to prevent future incidents in our workplace.


Stay safe! n


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