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commentar y Kiamichi Electric LEDs By Example BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Larry Culwell, President DISTRICT 7


David Ray, Vice President DISTRICT 4


Don Parr, Secretary-Treasurer DISTRICT 5


MEMBERS Russell Shaw


Richard Medlock Ron Pelanconi Mark Ichord


DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 6


Jim Jackson Executive Vice President-CEO


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) is committed to providing reliable and affordable electric service to members in Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Atoka counties.


The people and businesses that purchase electricity from Kiamichi Electric are considered member-owners of the co-op. Each member—regardless of how much electricity they purchase – has an equal say in how the cooperative is operated.


To exercise their right, Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to attend co-op meetings and vote in co-op elections.


Kiamichi Electric service territory is divided into seven districts. Members within each district meet every two years to choose a fellow member to represent their interests on the Kiamichi Electric board of trustees. KEC board members set policy and oversee cooperative business.


Through local leadership and control, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative members can rest assured their electric co-op remains focused on the needs of its members and its rural communities.


keep you informed about the issues that will affect your rates, and we’ve tried to prepare you for the future by showing you ways to make your home more efficient. But we rarely talk about how your co-op is working to lower its energy use in the office.


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With a “new” Kiamichi Electric facility in the making, one designed with efficiency in mind, we will be able to crow a bit more about what we are doing to save energy. One of the more obvious enhancements is already in place—energy efficient outdoor lighting. Our parking areas are illuminated with outdoor LED lights, which are much more efficient than mercury vapor lighting or traditional high pressure sodium lighting. For example, a 175-watt mercury vapor light actually takes around 210 watts to operate, which means it uses around 75 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per month. A 50-watt LED outdoor light, on the other hand, uses around 18 kwh per month. Quite a savings.


LED lights also burn with a bright white light that offers a broader circle of illumination than traditional outdoor lighting. If you own or have ever used an LED flashlight, you know there is a real difference in the quality and brightness of LED light. In the spirit of Crocodile Dundee, now that is a light!


With the obvious energy savings of LED lights, we at Kiamichi Electric realize we must “walk the walk” in every respect. Our programs and services to you must reflect


operation roundup Monthly Financial Report


YEAR TO DATE COLLECTIONS: YEAR TO DATE DISBURSEMENTS: TOTAL COLLECTED SINCE INCEPTION:


$ 22,070.05 $ 6,500.00


$ 1,217,617.80 TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS SINCE INCEPTION: $ 1,135,988.67 2 | may - june 2015 | Light Post


Operation Roundup is a voluntary bill roundup program that benefits southeast Oklahoma communities, organizations and needy families. Applications for funds are available at Kiamichi Electric, local social services , or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


t Kiamichi Electric, we like to practice what we preach. For the past several years, we’ve tried to


our commitment to saving energy and saving you money.


To that end, we plan to make LED outdoor lights available to our members through our security light program. Members who request a new security light will receive an LED outdoor light. Existing mercury vapor or high pressure sodium lights will be slowly phased out as we replace them with LEDs after they burn out. Because lighting is a matter of personal preference, especially when you rely on it to illuminate your driveway, yard or boat dock — we wanted to test the LED outdoor lights with our members before making them available. Sixteen members volunteered to give the bulbs a try. Almost every tester gave the LEDs “two thumbs up.”


By Jim Jackson CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


With the energy savings and the enthusiastic member response, Kiamichi Electric is proud to ‘LED’ by example. Remember, we are your co-op and we care about you.


Do you have ideas or suggestions for your co-op? We want to hear from you. Send email to support@kiamichielectric.org.


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