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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


D E CEMB ER 2014 | VOLUME 65 ISSUE 12 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMB E R S OF T R I- COUNTY ELEC T R I C COOPER ATIVE


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TCEC encourages area youth to apply for leadership trips


pplications for the 2015 high school youth trips and the eighth grade YouthPower Energy Camp


CEO VIEW


Cybersecurity Efforts BY JACK L. PERKINS


The vulnerability of our nation’s electric grid has made national headlines in the media recently. I wanted to let our members know TCEC is a leader in mitigating the risks of sabotage to our own system.


Cybersecurity is an ongoing concern for our industry because its risks change as we adopt new software and hardware. We are always assessing and addressing cybersecurity risks. This is especially true since the grid has slowly moved away from electromechanical devices to protect it. We now use electronic devices to protect the grid.


The connections between the various components of the grid have also increased. We now use fiber, radio or microwave technologies rather than telephone lines to communicate with field equipment remotely.


Continued on page three 2014 OKLAHOMA YOUTH TOUR PARTICIPANTS. SOURCE: OAEC.


trip are now available. TCEC is looking for five delegates who are high school juniors and four who are eighth graders. Applications must be received at TCEC by February 6, 2015. All area eligible students whose parents or guardians are TCEC members are encouraged to apply.


TCEC works with the statewide electric cooperative associations in Oklahoma and Kansas to offer these leadership development opportunities to area youth. Selected students will forge unforgettable memories and lasting friendships during these once in a lifetime trips with other


outstanding students from across the state. Any student who wishes to learn and meet new people will want to apply.


For the high school trips, interested juniors fill out a three-page application that includes contact information, community, school and work activities and a statement explaining why the student is a good TCEC delegate. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges from a cooperative in Kansas. Te judges select ten finalists for interviews and come to Guymon to conduct the interviews. Tree finalists are selected for the gold award and two are selected for the silver award.


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