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Riley & Willis Complete Journeyman Lineman Training

Russell Riley and Justin Willis recently completed the Powerline Training Program for Journeyman Lineman. Russell and Justin were honored during a luncheon at the OAEC annual meeting held in Norman.

The apprentice-training program has been developed in cooperation

Russell Riley

with the Safety & Loss Control Department of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. The course is comprised of twelve units, each including on the job training, homework, specialized time tracking, classes and testing. The individual training units are arranged in sequence to develop the knowledge and skill level of the apprentice over a period of four years to progress to the level of journeyman. Before certification, a final exam is taken and signed approvals from instructors and supervisors must be obtained.

Upon the seccessful completion of all twelve units, Riley and Willis received a certificate approved by the US Department of Labor and the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Program and each is certified as Journeyman Lineman. 254501

Justin Willis

Harmon Electric along with OAEC is committed to providing a safe training and work environment. The development of employee skills and the practice of safe working habits on the job are the goals of this training program. Congratulations!

--Reporting Outages-- Recently members have experienced problems calling

in outages aſter hours. It appears that the process of the phone switching to dispatch is as follows: Te phone will ring once followed by static which

continues until the second ring. Te time between the first and second ring is much longer than usual making it appear as if you have been disconnected. Once the phone rings the second time, ringing continues at a normal pace until the dispatch phone picks up. At this point a recording will come on saying “Please stay on the line and a dispatcher will be with you shortly”. A dispatcher will pick up and take your information as quick as they can get free to do so. Please contact the office during working hours

if problems persist. If you ever reach an employee’s voicemail when trying to report an outage, please continue calling until you talk to a dispatcher. A voicemail will not be retrieved until the following business day. Tank you. And again, we apologize for any inconvenience in reporting outages.

Fireworks and flags. Cookouts and cold

drinks. The Fourth of July is a festive day on which we celebrate our nation’s independence with family and friends. Typically, this is not a day of quiet reflection. While we spend a lot of energy having fun, if we give any thought about our forbearers and their determined efforts to bring about our nation’s independence, it’s fleeting. However, it is worth reflecting that this uniquely American spirit of independence remains part of our collective DNA more than 200 years after the independent nation of the United States was formed and the Declaration of Independence was crafted. And this sense of independence has served us well. For example, more than 75 years ago, an independent streak inspired groups of farmers across America’s countryside to band together and improve their quality of life. Aside from President Franklin Roosevelt’s promise of federal aid in the form of low-interest loans and engineering expertise, rural Americans had little help in bringing electricity to their homes. So, they did it themselves by pulling together and working cooperatively - a shining example of American determination and ingenuity. For the past 40-plus years, nearly every president since Richard Nixon, during the time of the Arab oil embargo, has talked about the goal of U.S. energy independence - reducing our reliance on imported oil and other forms of foreign energy.

Today, while we still have a ways to

go, we are closer to that goal than ever before. We are exporting more gas and importing less foreign fuel than in recent memory. American ingenuity in the form of new technology and innovation is opening up more options and spurring greater efficiency across all forms of energy. According to the Energy Information Agency, energy expenditures as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) are forecast at 6.2 percent in 2015, their lowest level since 2002, reflecting both lower oil prices and ongoing increases in energy efficiency.

Consumers have an important role to play in the road to energy independence. They don’t have to wait for Democrats and Republicans to agree or environmentalists and fossil fuel advocates to reach consensus on a path to energy independence. Consumers can play a part in moving us toward national energy independence by taking action in simple, practical ways - insulating and caulking around windows, doors and electrical outlets; washing clothes in cold water instead of hot; replacing air filters; installing a programmable thermostat; and using more energy efficient appliances and home heating and cooling systems. Efficiency efforts can cut costs for individual households, but the collective benefit to our country is even greater. If we all work together to achieve increased energy efficiency and reduce our overall energy consumption, we can make even more progress on our road toward energy independence. At Harmon Electric Association, we want to be a resource for you in this effort. We can provide energy-saving tips tailored for your unique household needs. In addition, Harmon Electric, along with other electric co-ops across the country, have been actively engaged in promoting renewable energy resources like wind, solar, hydropower and biomass (including landfill gas, livestock waste, timber byproducts and crop residue). Today, nearly 95 percent of the nation’s 900-plus electric co-ops provide electricity produced by renewable sources, all playing a key role in powering rural America while fostering our nation’s energy independence. Recent advances in technology are transforming how we make and move electricity, and over time, these changes will greatly improve not only the efficiency but the reliability of electric power. So this Fourth of July, as you gaze up at the fireworks lighting up the night sky, reflect on the enduring spirit of independence that is integral to our American character.

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