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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


SEPTEMBER 2015 | VOLUME 66 ISSUE 9 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LIVEWIRE A simple option for solar I CEO VIEW


Clean Power Plan BY JACK L. PERKINS


As members of TCEC with a vested interest in the cooperative, I strive to keep you informed of events that may impact your electric bill and aff ect the reliability of your electric service.


Last year, TCEC members led the state in comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its power plant rules. Last month, those rules became a reality in the form of the Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama and the EPA.


In my opinion, the Clean Power Plan exceeds the EPA’s legal authority under the Clean Air Act and it will raise electricity rates for our country’s most vulnerable populations. It will also challenge the reliability of the electric grid we all depend on.


This is the single biggest issue facing our industry and I am disappointed in the lack of compromise to accomplish carbon reduction aff ordably. The full impact of these rules won’t be known for several years and it is being challenged, I’ll keep you posted as time progresses. n


nstalling solar energy by yourself can be complicated, with many considerations and calculations involved. While TCEC has a program in place to support members who decide to install their own residential renewable energy, a simpler and more aff ordable option for many members would be to subscribe to the cooperative’s community solar project. TCEC and its partner, Today’s Power, Inc., take care of the installation, maintenance and insurance on the panels that will be located by the cooperative’s headquarters in Hooker. Interested members will subscribe to a panel, or more if they choose, that is part of TCEC’s community solar array and receive a credit on their bill for the energy produced by their subscription’s share of the array.


T e one megawatt community solar array near the cooperative’s headquarters will have nearly 4,000 panels that are 400 watts each. Panel subscriptions will sell for a one-time fee of $350 each and members can subscribe to multiple panels, as long as their credit for energy produced does not exceed their energy consumption each month. If you subscribe to a panel(s) in the array, your monthly electric bill will be credited for the power produced in the previous month by the array based on your subscription. T e credit will vary from month-to-month. TCEC anticipates the credit will average about $3 per month for a total of about $30-$35 per year. Initially, panels will be available to residential members only. Panels can be turned back to the cooperative at a depreciated rate if the member moves.


T e community solar array is anticipated to be completed in January 2016. For updates and notifi cation when panels are available, sign up for the interest list at www.tcec.coop. n


We Make Solar Simple TCEC members now have a simple, affordable option for renewable energy. 1 The sun. 3 Members will receive a credit on their bill


for the energy produced by the array. Community solar also benefits our members as a whole because it reduces power costs for peak demand from our wholesale power suppliers.


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Members subscribe to one or more panels, each sharing the benefits of one local installation without having to install and maintain solar panels on their roof or property.


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