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TAKE ACTION


BY ZAC PERKINS, Assistant General Manager


Make your voice heard for affordable, reliable energy. TCEC members led the state in comments submitted to Washington, D.C., regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plant Rule for new power plants. Thursday, October 16, 2014, is the deadline for comments that relate to its rule for carbon emissions on existing power plants.


We need solutions that balance environmental concerns with the need our members have for affordable, reliable energy. By the time this newsletter publishes you may have just days before the deadline for comments to arrive. You can download the Cooperative Action Network application on your smartphone or contact a TCEC employee for a form if you have not already completed one. If you have already taken care of it, thank you. We can continue to communicate with the EPA on your behalf.


While electric cooperatives across the country have doubled their renewable energy capacity since 2009, where does affordable, reliable electricity come from when the wind stops blowing or the sun doesn’t shine? Electric cooperatives support an all-of-the-above strategy to advance our country’s energy policy, not an all-but-one approach that effectively removes coal from the nation’s fuel mix in the future.


Today, coal generates nearly 40 percent of the country’s electricity, by far our biggest energy source. The price of coal remains affordable and is, historically, relatively stable. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports the U.S. has more than 200 years of recoverable coal reserves.


Support for the environment and an all-of-the-above energy plan are not mutually exclusive. Add your comments now at www.action.coop in support of an all-of-the-above strategy as the path to affordable energy. n


Give us


your best shot!


TCEC photo contest theme: Pets W


hile we were unable to name a winner of the previous photo contest, we are pleased to announce the fourth and final contest of 2014. TCEC members are encouraged to submit photos of their pets for


the chance to have their submission featured in our LiveWire newsletter. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 31.


One winner will be named in each month of the quarter and will be featured in the monthly LiveWire newsletter, on the cooperative’s social media channels, and at www.tcec.coop. Each month’s winner will also receive a special Oklahoma Living Magazine 65th Anniversary Prairie Flavors Cookbook.


Photo entries can be submitted online at www.tcec.coop. The Photo Contest page is listed


under the News tab. Please direct any questions about the contest or its rules to TCEC member services at 580-652-2418 or info@tcec.coop. n


Scan the code


at right to go to www.tcec.coop.


Submit photos,


view past winners and see judging criteria.


Enter today!


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