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■ Impact of EPA Ruling Rural Americans will carry the heaviest burden. page 2


■ Join the Club ECE’s mobile text club alerts you to power outages and more. page 3


■ Deer Chili Celebrate the hunt with this belly- warming venison recipe. page 4


Co-op Members Quizzed About Solar With enough interest, ECE could sprout a cooperative solar garden


f East Central Electric (ECE) members give it thumbs up, the co-op could sprout a solar garden within a year. ECE is


currently polling members on their interest in a cooperative-owned solar project. The survey, enclosed with ECE’s monthly electric bill and published on the co-op website and Facebook page, asks members if they are interested in purchasing a portion of their energy from a renewable energy source. In this case, sun power.


With member approval, the member-owned solar project would allow interested members to invest in the installation and operation of solar panels capable of producing up to 250 kilowatts of electricity. The panels would be located near ECE headquarters in Okmulgee. Co- op employees would handle installation and maintenance of the panels.


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OCTOBER 2015 PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF EAST CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE What is Community Solar?


Community solar power allows all users, regardless of income level, geographic location, or home design or home ownership - to access clean, solar energy. Instead of acting alone to purchase and install solar panels, community solar divides costs and benefits among all participants. Solar panels may be located in various locations, or in one central location,to maximize electricity generation.


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Benefits of cooperative solar are growing— for co-op members and their electric providers. For ECE members, savings benefits would evolve in a similar fashion to


operation roundup update


Operation Roundup funds support local charitable organizations, civic groups, youth programs, community services, and needy families and individuals. For more information on this voluntary bill roundup program, please visit www.ecoec.com.


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the co-op’s pioneer members who anted up five dollars for the luxury of electric lights.


The solar panels would produce solar energy credits that would appear on participant’s bills. These credits would increase as more members participate, and additional solar panels added. Another benefit for ECE and its members is the ability to offset higher wholesale rates during peak periods with clean, renewable solar energy.


“This becomes very important as power plants begin to feel the full effect of EPA regulations and wholesale prices begin to climb,” said Tim Smith, ECE general manager.


Member-owned solar power is nothing new for electric co-ops. Currently, 34 U.S. electric co-ops are engaged


in solar projects. With enough member interest, ECE could become the third co-op in Oklahoma to offer cooperative solar.


For more on community solar, view this pdf document at ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/ files/communitysolarpower2.pdf.


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Larry Harvey, Vice President Dwight Luther, Secretary Treasurer Max Shoemake, Asst. Sec. Treasurer Ed Kloeckler Michael Vernnon Jim Hall


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Figures to date: Applications reviewed...........................720 Applications granted..............................512 Applications denied................................198 Applications tabled...................................13 Scholarships awarded..................$149,000


Total Disbursements.........$1,214,219.15 Average member contribution............44¢


• Pay via automatic draft of your checking or savings account. Sign up online or download the ebill form for easy automatic payments at www.ecoec.com.


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