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co-op values Beyond the Flip


of the Switch Do you know where your power comes from?


BY ABBY BERRY NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION


But have you ever thought about where your power comes from? Most of us don’t give it a second thought until our service is interrupted and we’re left in the dark – even if only for a short amount of time. In


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Kiamichi Electric buys electricity from two generating plants— Western Farmers Electric Cooperative in Anadarko, and Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield,MO.


today’s world, electricity is a necessity, and this necessity travels a great distance to reach you – our members.


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative provides electricity to 21,426 meters, and it takes a network of folks to do so. We build and maintain overhead power lines and manage the equipment needed to provide you with safe, reliable power, but we don’t actually generate the power that is supplied to your home. That’s where our generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) come in.


Kiamichi Electric receives electricity from two G&Ts:


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ith the mere flip of a switch, electricity illuminates our lives.


Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, located in Anadarko, Okla., and Associate Electric Cooperative in Springfield, Missouri.


G&Ts are wholesale power suppliers that are owned and governed by electric distribution cooperatives, just like Kiamichi Electric. WFEC and Associated produce electricity, then send the power over high-voltage transmission lines to Kiamichi Electric. Since G&Ts are owned by multiple distribution cooperatives, operating costs are split among the owners. This process allows us to purchase power at a lower cost. Both WFEC and Associated generate electricity using a mix of fuels including coal, natural gas, hydro and wind.


After the power is sent over our G&Ts high-voltage transmission lines, it then makes it’s way to 15 substations located in Kiamichi Electric's five county service territory, where the voltage is reduced in order to make it to your home safely. From the substations, power is sent to Kiamichi Electric transformers, those large boxes that sit at the top of power poles, and then it is directed to your home.


As you can see, there’s a little more to it than flipping a switch, but we’ve got you covered. Kiamichi Electric has provided co-op members


with safe, reliable and affordable power for 69 years, and that continues to be our number one goal today. ■


Abby Berry writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric


Cooperative Association.


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