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Q. A.


Why does Choctaw Electric buy electricit from Western Farmers Electric Co-op?


Choctaw Electric Cooperative is what is known as a distribution cooperative. Our job


is to deliver electricity to your home, not generate it. CEC buys electricity from Western Farmer’s Electric Co-op (WFEC), who generates the power at their facilities in Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo. WFEC also buys and sells wind-generated power from Blue Canyon Wind Farm, and is recognized as the first power supplier to sign a purchase power agreement with a wind farm.


WFEC, like other generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the US, was created by distribution co-ops to provide an affordable source of electricity. Without WFEC, many Oklahoma co-ops would be forced to purchase electricity from investor-owned power plants that are viewed as competitors and may be less inclined to protect a co-op’s best interests


Once the power is generated, WFEC delivers it to distribution co-ops, and several municipalities, along high voltage transmission lines. That power is “stepped down” at WFEC’s local substations before it flows onto CEC electric lines.


Today, WFEC provides power for 22 distribution co-ops in Oklahoma and New Mexico. One director from each co-op serves on the WFEC board. This offers further assurance that the wholesale power provided is produced as economically as possible.


Do you have a question for your electric co-op? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your questions by mail or email to: Jennifer Boling, Choctaw Electric Cooperative, PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North, Hugo,Oklahoma 74743. Email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop.


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Safe Driving Class Scheduled in October


Enroll in an AARP Safe Driving course and you’ll be less likely to be involved in a traffic accident. You could also reduce your insurance premium.


Choctaw Electric will host an AARP Safe Driving class at 9 am on Wednesday, October 29. The course will be held at the Choctaw Electric office in Antlers.


The cost for the course is $15 per person for AARP members; and $20 per person for non-members. To enroll or for more details, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


Bicycle Bonanza


Chandler Garman of Rattan and Winter Oakes of Hugo will enjoy wheeling around on their new bicycles. The youths won the bikes at the CEC Annual Meeting on September 27.


Holiday Office Hours


Choctaw Electric Cooperative will close on Tuesday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day. CEC offices will also close on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. To report a power outage during this time, please call 800-780-6486.


Own a Storm Shelter? Make Sure Yours Is On The Map


Choctaw County Emergency Management Service is asking local residents to help in their effort to create a county map of all private and public storm shelters. The map will help emergency responders locate individuals who may be trapped inside their storm shelter following a storm.


If you have a storm shelter, please contact Louis Collins at 580-326-9318.


Help Us Make The Holiday Brighter for Needy Families


Choctaw Electric would like to help local nonprofit organizations make their particular needs known to the public over the holidays. If your group or organization is collecting canned food, clothing, toys or other items to help needy individuals and families, please let us know so that we can publish your needs in the December issue of CEC’s newsletter, Inside Your Co-op. Information must be received by December 10. Please provide the following details:


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Name and contact information of your organization . ”Wish List” of needs.


Donation drop-off locations/ addresses, times and dates.


Please send information to Jennifer Boling at jboling @choctawelectric.coop or call her at 800-780-6486.


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