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To ensure safety and reduce energy use,


most American homes are built to meet building codes. Imagine if the government applied a new, more stringent, code retroactively to your home, which forced you to move out because your home was


not suffi ciently energy effi cient. You would still be forced to pay the mortgage for the home you could no longer use and also pay for a new, more expensive home. T e latest proposal from the Environmental Protect Agency


(EPA) will fundamentally change the rules and force the early shut down of many of the power plants on which co-ops still owe money. Not only will this plan make it more diffi cult to provide you with aff ordable and reliable power, it will also leave you, our member-owners, holding the keys to power plants that can’t run. Seem unreasonable and unfair? We agree. For more than 75 years, your local electric cooperative has made


strategic long-term investments to bring aff ordable and reliable electricity to your home and family. Looking long-term helps us stretch your hard-earned money. Many of our power plants are only about 30 years old. Some


are expected to remain operational until the year 2040 or beyond. Since those initial investments for construction, co-ops have spent billions on emissions control upgrades. In some cases, the cost of these upgrades has exceeded the original cost of the power plant. As a result, 18 co-ops in Oklahoma, as member/owners of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, still owe money on many of these facilities, and the plants must run in order to pay off the loans. T at’s the wrong approach. Rather than taking our nation


away from an all-of-the-above energy policy, we want to work with the EPA on practical and reasonable solutions that balance aff ordability, reliability and environmental stewardship. You wouldn’t allow the federal government to force you out


of your home. Don’t let them do that to the power plants built to serve you.


Join us and the more than 800,000 supporters of


America’s Electric Cooperatives. Speak out against this proposal today at www.Action.coop. Together, we can remind the government that the rules they


write have real world consequences. It just takes 30 seconds to send your message to the EPA at www.Action.coop. Your local electric cooperative is proud to play by the rules and,


with your help, we look forward to providing your family with aff ordable power for generations to come.


HARMON ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC 114 North First Hollis, OK 73550


Operating in


Beckham, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Greer Counties in Oklahoma and Hardeman and Childress Counties in Texas


Member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Inc.


HARMON ELECTRIC HI-LITES - Lisa Richard, Editor The Harmon Electric Hi-Lites is the publication of your local owned and operated rural electric cooperative, organized and incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma to serve you with low-cost electric power.


Charles Paxton ......................................................................................... Manager


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Lassiter ..................................................................................................District 1 Jim Reeves ....................................................................................................District 2 Lee Sparkman ...............................................................................................District 3 Bob Allen .......................................................................................................District 4 Burk Bullington ..............................................................................................District 5 Jean Pence ....................................................................................................District 6 J. R. Conley ...................................................................................................District 7 Charles Horton .............................................................................................. Attorney


Monthly Board of Directors meetings Held Fourth Thursday of Each Month


IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF, REPORT THE OUTAGE


We have a 24-hour answering service to take outage reports and dispatch service- men. Any time you have an outage to report in the Hollis or Gould exchange area, call our offi ce at 688-3342. Any other exchange


area call toll free, 1-800-643-7769.


TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, CALL 688-3342 or 1-800-643-7769 ANYTIME


The termination of electric service during severe weather is of major concern to your electric cooperative. The following outline is to provide our members with an explanation of how Harmon Electric deals specifi cally with the discontinuance of electric service.


Rules For Cut-Off


At Harmon Electric Association the bills are mailed on the 25th day of the month. If the bill is not paid by the tenth day of the following month, a penalty of 1 ½% of the balance is added to the bill.


option: 1. A listing of public service agencies available to assist eligible persons.


If unable to pay the bill the co-op will offer the following


If the member hasn’t made arrangements for payment by the 25th of the following month, the Cooperative shall disconnect service.


2. A deferred payment plan as calculated by Harmon Electric. 3. The opportunity to notify the Cooperative that a life- threatening situation exists.


check, but has a history of dishonored checks, the Cooperative may contact the members bank for verifi cation of suffi cient funds before reconnecting the service. Below is a list of the Social Services Offi ces that can be contacted for fi nancial aid for paying electric bills:


BECKHAM COUNTY Department of Human Services 312 E Madden Suites Sayre, OK 73662 (580) 928-4000


HARMON COUNTY Department of Human Services Court House - 1st Floor Hollis, OK 73550 (580) 688-3361


KIOWA COUNTY Department of Human Services 430 S Main


Hobart, OK 73651 (580) 726-6500


Harmon Electric’s offi ce will be closed November 27th and 28th to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday.


To report a


power outage or service problem please call (800)643-7769 or (580)688-3342.


GREER COUNTY Department of Human Services 130 N. Oklahoma Mangum, OK 73554 (580) 782-1000


JACKSON COUNTY Department of Human Services 1220 North Grady Altus, OK 73521 (580) 480-3400


If the member, at the time of disconnect, wishes to pay by


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