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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


MARCH 2015 | VOLUME 66 ISSUE 3 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TR I- COUNTY ELEC T R I C COOPER ATIVE


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Maintenance is underway


Contract crews for TCEC are treating poles and trimming trees. There’s no need for alarm if you see them in your area.


rimming trees and treating poles helps TCEC keep its electric system safe and reliable. Currently,


CEO VIEW


Progress on projects BY JACK L. PERKINS


TCEC has several projects planned for 2015 that will help us improve the quality of life for our members by providing reliable, safe and affordable electric service.


We will continue to monitor our electric system to assure proper planning for upgrades and replacements. Our system is aging and we must maintain and improve it. We also must continue to adhere to regulatory compliance requirements. All our efforts improve the reliability of our transmission and distribution systems while maintaining or exceeding our minimum voltage.


We’ll be replacing and building distribution tie lines on several circuits in 2015. We’ll also be repairing, rebuilding and upgrading equipment in substations throughout our service territory to ensure reliable service.


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Global Utility Services crews are treating and inspecting poles in the rural areas of Texas and Cimarron Counties. Riggs Tree Services is trimming trees in the Forgan area before working their way west through Turpin and other areas.


Right-of-way clearing


Clearing the right-of-way is critical to keeping our members’ lights on. An average of 15 percent of power interruptions occur when trees, shrubs or bushes grow too close to power lines. Trees can also pose safety hazards.


If a tree encroaches on this safe distance, Riggs will trim back branches and brush using chainsaws, bucket trucks, tree climbers, brush chippers and mowers.


Pole inspection and treatment Every pole on TCEC’s system is inspected and treated at least once every 15 years. Ensuring equipment is up-to-code and in proper working order reduces the likelihood of outages.


Te treatment and inspection process includes crews digging at the base of poles and performing tests. A preservative is applied to the base of the pole to prevent any future decay,


which can add years to the life of a pole.


“Members may see the inspection crews and their ATVs or pickups near their property,” said Chris Purdy, vice president of Member Solutions. “Tere’s no cause for alarm. We’re simply maintaining poles to continue to provide safe and reliable service to our members.” n


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