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Join the Club! Outage texting keeps you informed about your service


When a power outage occurs, the big question on most member’s minds is “When will my power be


restored?” With Kay Electric’s outage texting service, you stay informed of the status of your outage via brief text alerts to your cell phone. You can also report your outage using the WH[WLQJ VHUYLFH DQG JHW FRQ¿UPDWLRQ when your message is received.


To sign up for text messaging from your co-op, visit our website at www. kayelectric.coop and click on the Outage Texting icon on our home page. The link will carry you to a member login page for the messaging service. In a few steps, you’ll be ready to text outage reports and receive alerts through your cell phone. 240310


$25 is hiding in this issue!


Find your account number hidden in this issue and you could win a $25 bill credit!


Please read your newsletter carefully. If you spot your account number hidden in these pages, please contact Kay Electric immediately to claim a $25 credit on your electric bill. If no account numbers are claimed, the prize money will carry over to the next month for a maximum bill credit of $50.


800-535-1079 contact@kayelectric.coop 2 • December 2016 • The Cooperator


from the top Don’t Take Electricity For Granted


he winter season is starting in Oklahoma. One thing about our state, we never know for sure what type of winter we will receive. I’m hoping for a mild winter with good conditions for the crops, but no storms that can cause havoc. If a dreaded major storm should occur, your Kay Electric employees will have “all hands on deck,” working around the clock to safely restore all services. Working for electric cooperatives all of these years makes me proud to see how people work together in times of need. Cooperatives helping other


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cooperatives restore power safely makes


our work much more than just another job. From our customer service reps to our linemen, we all have a purpose, and we take that mission seriously.


In February, Kay Electric will hold district meetings for Districts 1, 2, and 3. If you live in one of these districts, you will UHFHLYH DQ RI¿FLDO PHHWLQJ notice in the mail. We realize how busy everyone is nowadays, but we certainly hope you can make it. At these meetings, we will discuss the major changes occurring in our electric industry. These changes affect all electric companies including electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and municipalities. At


other forms of energy by power plants in multiple states travels over miles of high-voltage transmission lines to substations, and then into our homes—is nothing short of a modern marvel.


By Tim Rodriguez, CEO kay electric cooperative


In an era when almost anything is possible, most Americans take the delivery of electricity for granted. According to the World Energy Outlook, 1.7 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. Much more suffer from a supply that is inconsistent or unreliable. About 80 percent of those without electricity live in rural areas. Sound familiar? It’s where we were 80 years ago. We certainly have come


a long way. Today, rural electric cooperatives from around the country gladly travel to underdeveloped communities in faraway places to help others build their electric infrastructure and give them a better quality of life.


1.7 billion Number of people around the world without access to electricity.


Kay Electric, we are already feeling the effect of some of these changes in how we purchase and sell electricity and we will continue to feel these effects in the future.


As member-consumers, we remain isolated from the complexity of the generation and delivery process. What occurs—electricity generated by coal, natural gas, wind, solar, hydro and


Our grandparents and great-grandparents built WKH ¿UVW UXUDO HOHFWULF cooperatives so future generations could continue to live and work from the land they loved. What a great legacy they left for our children and us. Their accomplishments should never be forgotten.


At our Annual Meeting in April 2017, Kay Electric will celebrate 80 years


of providing electricity to rural north central Oklahoma. Until then, I hope you will enjoy life’s simple pleasures with family and friends. Best wishes for the holiday season and please FRQWDFW XV LI ZH FDQ EH RI VHUYLFH Ŷ


You can reach Tim Rodriguez at 800-535-1079.


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