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Your Co-op Continued from pg. 1


Jackson also told members of potential increases in power costs due to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent of 2005 levels.


Jackson said the plan will have significant consequences on how electric co-ops generate, distribute and use electricity in this country for decades to come.


“Despite EPA claims, the rule will undoubtedly increase monthly electric bills,” he explained. “The previous proposal has a national average of 10 percent in 2025 with some states seeing higher increases and other states seeing less.”


The price increases will result from the closing of coal-fired power plants that are unable to meet emission guidelines. “If we’re forced to shut down plants, we not only lose that source of affordable power, but we will have to purchase replacement power from the marketplace with less predictable prices,” he added.


States must submit plans for complying with the regulations by 2017. Jackson said Oklahoma’s plan will play a large role in what electric co-ops and other state utilities must do to meet EPA guidelines and how much it will cost.


Jackson stressed that Kiamichi Electric and other electric co-ops will continue to battle the EPA through every legislative and legal means available.


In closing, Jackson pointed out that KEC’s ground loop program and other energy saving services are helping to control rising wholesale power costs by reducing KEC’s system- wide demand. Jackson credited such programs with a $326,00 reduction in wholesale power costs this year.


For more information on KEC’s ground loop program, please turn to page 4 of this issue, or visit www.kiamichielectric.org.


A special prize drawing for kids plus the presence of a buoyant LED Lucy, above, kept the KEC Annual Meeting interesting for younger members.


Top left: A young co-op-member models a KEC cap, one of several gifts presented to members at registration.


Bottom Left: This lucky boy won a $40 Game Stop gift card at the meeting.


Grand Prize Winner Debra McGuire, winner of the grand prize $600 electric bill credit given away at the KEC Annual Meeting. Presenting the prize is Jim Jackson, KEC CEO.


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