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195 Years of Service


Back row, L to R, EricRoberts (5),Ronnie Wilczek (40), Josh Koehn (10), G.R. Kirkpatrick (15), Chris Kubat (5), MikeMeyer (20),Rodney Johnson (5). Front row, Brandon Shirey (5), SherylWeaver (40), Jan Turner (35), Janette McDonald (10), Kacy Powell (5).


Big Energy Projects Push Construction In 2017 (continued from page 1)


Cimarron Electric is building three new substa- tions in 2017. These substations in Kingfisher, Omega and Geary will provide extra capacity to serve new loads and will also give us more options to back feed loads during severe storm outages.


Another Energy area that will require time and manpower from Cimarron is the wind farms. When they build wind generators, they use mas- sive cranes to erect the windmills. The cranes can’t get under our existing electric lines. Once the wind companies get locations figured out with land owners, we go out and engineer/stake these areas and rebuild sections of our primary over- head line to underground primary wire, so the cranes can get into the mile sections. We moved line for cranes in about 20 spots when they built the wind farm east of Okarche. We have approxi- mately 40 requests to move lines for cranes in the east Hennessey wind farm that’s coming.


In addition to the three areas of big energy that will keep us busy, we still have business as usual to complete. Josh Koehn, Cimarron Staking En- gineer, reports that the everyday requests for


Primary overhead has to go underground to allow wind farm crane to pass.


new residential and commercial services is also increasing. Josh said,“We’ll probably set a record for new work orders issued in 2017.” Any pri- vate property that we build line on (not in right- of-way or oil field services), we obtain and file easements in the respective county clerks office. (Cimarron Electric does not pay for these ease- ments.) This can be very time consuming when you title search owners and legal descriptions. The amount of new construction and rebuilds are Increasing. There also has been a change in our line extension policy regarding non-residential rate class members. Effective January 1, 2017, these aid to construction cost have been updat- ed. As these new service requests are made, the Engineering Department will review the new aid to construction cost with members.


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