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LIVEWIRE | MARCH 2016 | PAGE 3 Zac Perkins Regulatory Update


TCEC strives to keep its members informed and engaged in legislation and regulations that may impact their electric service. In 2014, we asked our members to visit Action.coop and make their voice heard to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its Clean Power Plan. If you were one of the thousands of members who did so, thank you for your involvement. I want to update you on this regulation and TCEC’s position regarding it.


We feel there must be a balance between the cost and the


benefi t of any regulation that impacts power generation. The government must make changes in a cost conscious manner so no undue burden is placed on our economy and our membership. Currently, that isn’t happening because the extremists on both sides of the issue are controlling the dialog. As your cooperative leaders, we strive to make our position clear in the political landscape. We want a cleaner environment but not at the cost of reliable and affordable electricity.


TCEC Community Solar


nears completion As of early February, TCEC fi nished installing the panels in the solar array. Our employees are helping to pull wire to the panels over the coming weeks and we are working to connect it to the electrical grid. We are fi nalizing the subscription process and testing the new rate in our billing system. The new rate for Community Solar participants has been approved and published at www.tcec.coop in the TCEC Rules and Regulations of Service. See page 55 for Rate 110. We hope to have subscriptions available to our members by mid- March, weather permitting. Subscriptions will cost $340 each, which is slightly less than originally announced. The number of subscriptions available will be 3,840.


One of the advantages of subscribing to community solar is that you’re locking in a portion of your energy bill for 25 years. The rate paid to members by TCEC for the energy produced by the array will increase over time. This is one way to lessen the impact of unpredictable energy rates on your electric bill. Questions? Email info@tcec.coop or call 580.652.2418. 


The Clean Power Plan is being contested in court by utilities. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped implementation of the Clean Power Plan, granting a stay sought by Oklahoma and more than 24 other states, utilities and coal companies. The stay was granted after a federal appeals court rejected pleas to halt the rule. The Supreme Court put the Clean Power Plan on hold under a 5-4 order until the Supreme Court either takes up the case and issues a fi nal decision, or denies a request to hear an appeal. Because the Clean Power Plan is aimed at coal-fi red generation and TCEC’s base generation is natural gas, we don’t expect this regulation to have a major impact on the cooperative’s members. However, we must look to the future and ask what is next politically. That may well be natural gas, which is a fuel with historically volatile prices anyway. Swings in price, especially upswings, negatively affect the electric bill our members pay.


As a member of TCEC, you can count on us to continue to keep you informed of any developments in our nation’s regulatory policy regarding power generation and electricity prices. We are looking to the future by building a one- megawatt solar array at our headquarters and working with our power suppliers to ensure wind is in the mix of power we supply to our members. We support a cleaner environment and renewable energy as well as recognize the need for affordable and reliable power for our members. We’re looking out for you. 


Zac Perkins is TCEC’s chief operating offi cer and future CEO.


An aerial view of the solar array at TCEC headquarters on January 28, 2016.


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