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CONTENTS inside•your•co•op


CO-OP ASK YOUR


■ How does a smart meter work and how do they help me?


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Building For The Future CEC prepares for future load growth.


Official Meeting Minutes CEC Board Meeting, July 23, 2015.


Currents Trucks for Sale/ Smart Hub/ When An Outage Is Your Fault


6 Movie Highlights Linemen Heroes John Travolta stars in Life on the Line.


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Clean Power Plan Could Affect Rural Jobs Experts predict 1.2 million jobs lost by 2021.


CEC Terms and Conditions of Service Board amends policies on connect fees, deposits.


Energy Scams: Know How To Spot Them Tips and advice so you won’t become the next victim.


A Safe Night for Ghouls and Goblins Make sure your propert is safe for visitors on Halloween.


Drunk Deer Chili A drop of bourbon gives venison extra flavor.


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Choctaw Electric smart meters work by monitoring your home’s electricity usage and communicating that usage information back to the CEC office in near real time. Unlike the old days when members read and submitted meter readings or CEC personnel were dispatched to read meters, smart meters do it all remotely. The ability to measure usage and transmit it directly to CEC eliminates bill estimating, which means fewer surprises for you.


If you are concerned about your usage, smart meters provide information on how much and when you use energy. This information is invaluable for members who are serious about taking control of their energy consumption and their monthly bills. The ability to monitor your usage through CEC’s Smart hub would not be possible without smart meters.


AS CEC refines its outage management system, Smart meters will play an increasingly important role in outage detection and notification. Smart meters have the ability to detect and report power outages on their own, making the restoration process move much faster. It is smart meter technology that will eventually allow your co-op to text you updates on your service, and allow you to track the power restoration process by viewing an online map. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what these devices can do. These conveniences and plenty more, all begin with smart meters.


SEND US EMAIL: Please email questions for Ask Your Co-op to: Jennifer Boling, jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Or, mail questions to Choctaw Electric Cooperative, PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North, Hugo,Oklahoma 74743.


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