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NORTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.


November 2014


Bryer retires after 25 years with NWEC A


fter 25 years of dedicated ser- vice to Northwestern Electric, Carl Bryer announced in late September he was retiring. Carl began his career with Northwestern on May 1, 1989, as a lineman trainee. His last official work day was Sept. 26, 2014. Carl worked his way up the ranks and became a line foreman in May 2007. Later on he started working collections. Carl saw a lot of changes during his 25 years with NWEC. Getting better equipment and newer technology are two things he said im- proved working conditions the most. Over the years, Carl has faced a


lot of different situations. One that sticks out in his mind is when he and David Keyser were working an outage together. An OCR was open and Carl had to traipse through a ditch full of


tall weeds to get to it. All of a sud- den he felt something pull on him and the next thing he knew he had been knocked on the ground. He had walked into an electric fence that was hidden in the weeds. And he didn’t feel the shock until he hit the ground! When asked what he liked best about working for Northwestern Electric, Carl replied “I liked my job and my co-workers. I really enjoyed working here and I learned a lot of skills.” Carl says the thing he will miss most about the job is getting up and coming to work. (1942001) Carl and his wife, Caye, have six children—Seth, Amanda, Rachel, Levi, Morgan and Bradley—and 14 grandchildren. His future plans include moving to Lake Eufala and doing a lot of fishing and hunting.


Carl Bryer proudly displays his retirement cake at a luncheon held in his honor during the Sep- tember safety meeting.


Save with Northwestern Electric’s rebate program Get cash back on qualifying water heater and heat pump installations


energy efficient heat pumps or electric water heaters.


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Rebates for electric water heaters are being paid for tanks of 40 gallon or larger with an energy rating of .93 or greater. First time installation of a high efficient model, new or conver- sion from gas, qualifies for a $100 rebate. Replacement of an existing electric tank qualifies for a $50 rebate. Once the new water heater is pur- chased and installed, contact NWEC. Jonna Hensley will come out and verify the installation. She will need to see the old tank and will ask for in- formation pertaining to your purchase. After she verifies the new tank quali- fies for the rebate, NWEC will mail a check directly to the homeowner. Heat pumps, both air source and ground source, qualify for varying amounts of cash rebates.


For an air source heat pump unit to qualify, it must have a minimum rat-


orthwestern Electric will pay a cash rebate to qualifying mem- bers who replace or install new


ing of 16 SEER, 13.4 EER and an 8.5 HSPF. The rebate for a new unit or gas conversion is $250 per ton. If you are replacing an old electric unit, the rebate is $150 per ton.


Ground source heat pumps must meet a minimum rating of 16.1 EER and a 3.3 COP for closed loop systems and an 18.2 EER and 3.6 COP for open looped systems. New units and gas conversions qualify for a rebate of $250 per ton. Replacement units qualify for a rebate of $150 per ton. The verification process for heat pumps is similar to the water heater process. Jonna will need to verify the installation and see the information pertaining to the purchase. After the verification process has been complet- ed, Northwestern Electric will mail the check to the homeowner.


Rebates can not exceed $1,000 per application and all units must be AHRI certified. A rebate application form for heat pump installations is available on our website at www.nwecok.coop or you can call the office to request a


Source: ClimateMaster


form. All requests for rebates must be made within 30 days after the installa- tion is completed.


Additional funds may be avail- able for heat pump installations from our power supplier, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. Members could possibly receive an additional $75- $450 per ton depending on the type of installation and energy efficiency ratings of the unit.


Contact Jonna at 256.7425 or 800.375.7423 for more information.


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