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By Brett Orme CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


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


Brett Orme 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.


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Prepare For The Energy Future


ast and furious" is the best way I know of to describe my first two months as CEO of Kiamichi Electric Cooperative


(KEC). I arrived at KEC on January 25. The time since has been an exercise in mental cramming as I familiarize myself with the KEC system—both inside and out.


Electric co-ops are similar in a lot of ways because we share basic cooperative principles. For instance, we are all democratically controlled by our members. This also makes each electric cooperative unique. Because co-ops are locally owned and governed, a co- op in Texas may be very different from one in the Kiamichi Mountains. Even neighboring co-ops can be very different.


I'm pleased to say, I'm finding a lot to like about Kiamichi Electric. KEC's service area is diverse, the co-op is growing, and its employees and trustees are committed to providing the best possible service for KEC members. The co-op is also preparing itself for a future where energy prices will be higher than they are today.


You've heard about the federal Clean Power Plan that requires power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030. Sounds like a great idea—until you consider the immense cost involved to comply with these regulations.


ope ra t i on roundup Monthly Financial Report


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


$ 14,331.32 $ 22,898.36 $ 1,282,865


TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $1,211,652.68 2 | march - april 2016 | 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.


Electric co-ops questioned the constitutionality of this plan and asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a careful review. In February, the Supreme Court agreed with us and granted a stay on the plan until further arguments can be heard by the US Court of Appeals. For co-ops, this is a small victory in what will likely be a long battle.


Please remember, electric co-ops support clean air and renewable energy. Our power suppliers have already made extensive improvements to their generating equipment and are committed to a balanced portfolio of generating fuels that includes renewables. The use of renewables such as solar and wind will increase as technology improves and costs fall in-line with the electric co-op commitment to keeping prices affordable.


Here at home, KEC is working to reduce its system-wide energy use through innovative programs like Go Go Geo. This program makes geothermal heat pumps more affordable for members by reducing installation costs by thousands of dollars. (See page 4 for details.)


Helping KEC members save energy is the best way we know of to control rising power costs, but we can't do it without you. To get started, contact KEC for a free home energy audit at 800-888-2731. Remember, small measures to save energy add up, and we're here to help you all the way.


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