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MARCH 2015


NORTHWESTERN ELECTRIC


COOPERATIVE, INC.


Woodward, Oklahoma Operating In


Beaver, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Woods and Woodward Counties in Oklahoma


TYSON LITTAU CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Kenny Knowles, Pres. ............... Arnett Ray Smith, Vice-Pres. ...............Taloga John Bruce, Jr., Sec.-Treas. ..... Sharon Marvin Wilkinson ................... Buffalo Clair Craighead ..................Woodward Wayne Hall .........................Mooreland Duane Henderson ...............Mooreland Lee Huckaby ............................Selman Gilbert Perkins. ............................Gate


Jonna Hensley ............................Editor Michael W. Mitchel ............... Attorney


IN CASE OF TROUBLE CALL: 24 HOUR EMERGENCY 1-877-9NOPOWER 877.966.7693


If no answer call: John Kirkwood ...............580.866.3245 Bob Appell .....................580.273.4088


NOTICE


A copy of NWEC Bylaws will be made available for any member upon request.


Web page: www.nwecok.coop E-mail: nwec@nwecok.coop


NWEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda. gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866.632.9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter contain- ing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washing- ton, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202.690.7442 or email at program.intake @usda.gov.


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Bringing power to the countryside I


t all began with the foolhardy notion that we all prosper by helping each other. It seems obvious in retrospect, but there was a time when getting electricity outside of the city limits wasn’t a given. In 1935, only about one of every ten homes in the rural areas of the United States, even less in northwest Oklahoma, had electric service.


After seeing the needs in the rural areas, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive or- der on May 11, 1935, establishing the Rural Electrification Adminis- tration (REA), bringing electricity to isolated areas not served by private utilities. The idea of pro- viding federal assistance to bring power to the countryside gained ground rapidly. After World War II ended, rural electric systems multiplied and began supplying electric service to rural areas across the nation. With the promise of low inter- est loans—loans, not grants— farm leaders and groups such as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Farmers Union, and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service visited farm after farm to sign up members who would form electric cooperatives. Many volunteers spent countless hours soliciting prospective members.


The formulative years proved very difficult for NWEC. The co- operative was just getting started at a time when the country was recovering from the Great Depres- sion and World War II was taking most of the raw materials and supplies required to put together an electrical system.


The pioneers of the rural elec- trification program in northwest Oklahoma overcame many obsta- cles to build a member-owned and controlled electric utility to provide themselves with the electric power they so desperately needed. Their efforts often met with strong oppo- sition, not only from the investor- owned utility but also from skepti- cal landowners. However, the fruits of their


efforts paid off on July 10, 1940. Five long years after the sign- ing of the Executive Order, the first electric lines were built from Woodward east approximately 18 miles to the town of Quinlan. The task of electrifying northwest Oklahoma had begun. Now, 75 years later, NWEC has grown to a $77 million dol- lar organization, serving 11,831 commercial, industrial, farm, and residential installations in three full counties and parts of four other counties in northwestern Oklahoma. NWEC is also a major


contributor to the economic base of the area with an annual pay- roll of over $3,000,000. NWEC has come a long way over the past 75 years and continues to thrive today. NWEC’s perfor- mance was strong for 2014 despite the economy and rising concerns about government regulations raising prices. The board of trustees determined the co-op was financially sound and elected to return $996,825 in capital credits in April.


Tyson Littau, CEO


During the past year, we launched a mobile app to help members manage their electric accounts and redesigned our website to optimize it for mobile devices. The co-op invested in our future leaders by sending students to YouthPower Energy Camp, Washington, D.C., and awarding $10,000 in scholarships. As we celebrate our past, we thank those before us who made our cooperative what it is today. And we look forward to the next 75 years of helping each other prosper.


Annual Meeting Registration


egistration cards are mailed separately and should be brought with you to the meeting to speed up registration. Each member, whether it be a single membership or a joint membership, shall be entitled to one vote in any matter which may come before the meeting. All commercial accounts, schools, churches, public entities and towns holding a membership must present the Organization


December 2014 Operating Report 2013


4,951


2,614 254


635 574


11,752 2.37


Certification below indicating the bearer as the official voting representative of the organization.


This form must be presented by the bearer at the time of registration.


ORGANIZATION CERTIFICATION RESOLVED THAT _________________________________________________


(Person’s name written in ink)


who is a member or officer of said organization, is hereby designated official rep- resentative by _____________________________________________________


(Name of organization written in ink)


to vote for it at the Annual Meeting of the members of the NORTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., to be held in Woodward, Oklahoma, on April 9, 2015 and any adjournment or adjournments thereof held within sixty (60) days of said date, on all matters which at said meeting of members may properly come before them; the action of said representative and all that he or she may do in this behalf is hereby ratified and confirmed as the act of ______________________ _________________________________________________________________.


(Name of organization) 2014


Revenue - Billing ............................................... 3,128,441 3,044,543 Cost of Power ..................................................... 1,792,493 1,976,566 Miles of Lines .................................................... Members Connected .......................................... Density per Mile ................................................ Average Member KWH ..................................... Average Bill .......................................................


4,969


11,884 2.39


2,473 256


KWH Purchased ................................................. 33,706,855 32,316,722 KWH Sold .......................................................... 30,723,167 29,388,151 Income per Mile ................................................. Expense per Mile ...............................................


616 617


(Corporate Seal)


I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and correct excerpt of the minutes of the above named organization enacted at a meeting duly held on the day of _______________________, 2015 at which time a quorum was present and acting and that the above named person is an official or member of the above named organization.


________________________ (President)


ATTEST: ________________________


CERTIFICATION MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL TO BE VALID (Secretary)


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