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Why Climate Regulations Matter to You


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released regulations to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at power plants that will lead to more expensive electricity for members of electric coopera- tives in Oklahoma.


That’s why we are asking our mem- bers to send comments to the EPA through www.action.coop. This easy- to-use online tool directly sends your thoughts to Washington, so regulators understand the potential harm of these rules. We are concerned because the EPA has chosen to write regulations that rely on technology for reducing CO2 emissions that has not been proven at commercial power plants. This “carbon capture and storage” method might look good on paper or in the lab, but unlike Washington, we are not willing to take the risk with your electric bills. In case you are wondering whether


the EPA actually will read these com- ments, consider this: by law the EPA is required to ask the American public how


Left to right: LREC employees Gloria Shankle and Amanda Merz


a proposed rule would affect costs to consumers, the quality of life and the economic future of their communities. That is why electric cooperatives are leading the charge with the 42 million members nationwide to raise our voices collectively so we will be heard loud and clear.


No matter where our energy comes from, we all have a responsibility to


keep electricity reliable and afford- able. Like energy policy itself, the regulations 2989702 proposed by the EPA are technical, but an increase in your electric bill is personal. That is why we need you to speak up. For more information on this subject visit www.lrecok.coop and click on the cooperative action network take action link.


Lineman Attends Climbing School From Classroom Education to Hands-on Training


Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) prides itself on having well trained and experienced linemen.


LREC sends many of their linemen


to the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) in Oklahoma City for several different trainings and classes. Matt Boland, Apprentice Lineman,


Matt Boland, Apprentice Lineman


has recently completed pole climbing school. The week long climbing school is designed to assist the cooperative in cer-


tifying their linemen in climbing wooden poles. Students start out the week with the basics and end the week performing pole top rescues. Students learn to work with many tools that are used in the daily work of linemen. Some of the items used for the training include, rain gear, hard hat, suitable boots for climbing, hooks, safe- ty glasses, work gloves, rubber gloves, kliens/pliers, and wrenches. We would like to congratulate Matt Boland on com- pleting climbing school.


LREC Powerline Press 3


Photo courtesy of OAEC


Photo by: Larry Mattes


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