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High Temperatures Mean Peak Alerts Help CEC Beat The Peak by using Less electricity on peak days


H


ot weather is here. As temperatures climb and air conditioners fight to keep homes cool, Choctaw


Electric's engineers will be watching the co-op's system-wide demand for energy. Choctaw Electric will issue peak alerts on Facebook and other media when system wide usage is peaking.


Your co-op issues peak alerts to encourage members to use less energy from 3 pm until 7 pm on peak days. That time frame is typically when Choctaw Electric members use the most electricity. The Choctaw Electric system usually peaks during hot weather in July or August.


System peaks concern Choctaw Electric because they determine what the co-op — and eventually all co-op members— pay for wholesale electricity generated by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC).


During peak periods, it costs more for WFEC to generate the large amount of electricity being consumed. To meet the huge demand, WFEC's base load power plants are running at full capacity. Firing up additional plants to supply enough electricity to meet the peak demand is expensive. Peak alerts help keep electricity use down and avoid the need to use more expensive generation. In turn, this keeps CEC members’ rates lower.


Please do your part by helping CEC "Beat the Peak!" When you see a Peak Alert notice, please keep an eye on your usage. A few simple measures are all that's needed.


OFFICIAL


PEAK ALERT


Watch your usage from 3 pm to 7 pm.


Easy Ways to Use Less


• Use appliances like clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and other electric devices sparingly during peak times, 3 pm to 7 pm.


• Try to avoid running hot water so the demand for your water heater is less during the peak times.


• Set the thermostat on your air conditioning equipment or heat pump up three degrees during the peak time. Use ceiling fans and close your drapes to help the air conditioner even more.


• Instead of using the stove or oven to cook dinner, fire up your charcoal grill.


Time To Renew Your


CPR Certification? CEC offers free CPR classes


Choctaw Electric offers CPR training to the community. The course is designed for nonprofit organizations, fire departments and other groups that must keep their CPR certification up to date. If it's time for you to renew your CPR certificate, contact CEC to schedule a course.


For more details, please contact Guy Dale, 800-760-6486, ext. 227.


We’re working with you to build healthy communities!


Please


Save these DATES


July 26, 2016


Nominating petitions due for trustees in Districts A, B, C, G, H and I.


September 23, 2016


Mail-in ballots for trustee elections due at CEC office.


MINUTES


Scan this code with your smartphone or tablet to read the monthly minutes of your co-op board meeting. Minutes are also available at any CEC location. Members requesting


hard copies must sign a non disclosure agreement.


To scan the code, install a Bar Code Scanner app, available at the App Store.


September 24, 2016 CEC Annual Meeting, Rodeo Arena, Hugo. Note: A general election will be held for those districts with more than one nominee for trustee. An election will also take place to approve any potential changes to the CEC bylaws.


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