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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


AUGUST 2014 | VOLUME 65 ISSUE 8 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


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TCEC recovers quickly after thousands lose power


summer storm blew into TCEC’s service territory in the evening hours of June 30 causing


CEO VIEW BY JACK L. PERKINS


A strong summer storm rolled through our service territory on June 30 causing thousands of power outages and snapping nearly 600 power poles. In the aftermath of the storm, press releases and social media updates were made throughout the process to keep our members updated of our restoration progress. Many members used our mobile app and online outage map to stay informed.


Sister cooperatives from Oklahoma and Texas came to assist in our recovery efforts. Without their help, TCEC members would have been without power for a longer duration. Crews from Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Central Rural Electric, Greenbelt Electric, Kay Electric, Northwestern Electric, and a contract crew from North Plains Electric provided us with invaluable support and extra hands in the field.


Continued on page three A CREW WORKS ON POWER LINES NORTH OF HOUGH ON JULY 1, THE DAY AFTER THE STORM HIT.


widespread damage to the cooperative’s electric system. Te storm packed wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour which resulted in the loss of nearly 600 power poles. Nearly 40 percent of TCEC’s meters, more than 9,000, were without power at the height of the storm. Around 5,000 meters remained without power at 8 a.m. the following morning. Within four days, power was restored to all but 140 meters.


Within one week, crews had replaced 592 poles and power was restored to all TCEC members. Such quick restoration


wouldn’t have been possible if TCEC hadn’t relied on the Sixth Cooperative Principle of “Cooperation Among Cooperatives.” Under this principle, cooperatives band together to provide support during times of need. TCEC crews have assisted other cooperatives in Oklahoma as recently as May 2013 for tornado recovery near Moore.


“Our ability to recover from this storm was greatly enhanced by help from our sister cooperatives,” said Zac Perkins, assistant general manager. “We are thankful for our members, whose support and understanding after the storm was overwhelming. Our crews highly appreciated their positive comments.”


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