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commentar y BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


Rules Drafted in Washington DC Have Local Impact


when a potential economic hazard arises and we have an opportunity to affect the outcome, you better believe we do whatever we can to prevent it. That’s why I am concerned about new rules coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.


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Electric co-ops work every day to provide affordable, reliable electricity to more than 42 million Americans. At Kiamichi Electric Cooperative, we've made it our mission to focus on ways to slow the rising cost of electricity and find ways to help you save on your electricity bill.


Environmental regulations share part of the blame for rising electricity costs. Electric co-ops have invested billions of dollars in equipment to reduce air pollution already, but greenhouse gases are far more difficult challenge to capture, and the new technology just isn’t ready for prime time.


More baffling to comprehend, the EPA admits that cutting these emissions would not have much global impact on overall greenhouse gas levels.


The bottom line is that these rules unfairly affect electric co-op members. They target regions of the U.S. that are most dependent on coal for electricity, and


operation roundup Monthly Financial Report


YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS: YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$44,005.81 $44.430.99


$1,150,062.46 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $1,097,935.90 2 | july - august 2014 | Light Post


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


ooperatives, like most local businesses, work through the highs and lows of a cyclical economy. So


increasing electricity prices could hurt efforts to attract new businesses, let alone retain current employers.


Honestly, this debate should be about how the government helps utilities to develop technologies that can reduce greenhouse gases at a justifiable and reasonable pace.


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Electric co-ops are pushing an XPRIZE initiative (http://www.xprize.org/prize/tri- state-carbon-xprize) to find technologies that actually can turn greenhouse gases into a useful resource with market value.


Creating a sustainable energy future requires us to make ambitious changes. A power plant that closes down will not emit greenhouse gases. It also won’t incubate a new technology, give a young engineer an opportunity, or ensure that its community continues to receive reliable, affordable electricity.


To help our communities thrive, we need leaders in Washington to recognize the potential harm of these regulations and find a different path to a better energy future. Let your voice be heard by visiting www.action.coop.


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