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■ It's Co-op Month Commitment to community is reason to celebrate.. page 2


■ Hurricane Help ECE crews head to Georgia to help victims of Hurricane Irma. page 3


■ Sauteed Apples Enjoy a cinnamon-inspired recipe featuring fall apples. page 4


Know the Flow


How transmission costs play a role in January PCA increase.


ollowing an increase in wholesale power rates from East Central Electric's Vinita-based power supplier


KAMO, co-op rates will increase by 5.5 percent in January. This increase is due, in part, to rising transmission expenses.


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OCTOBER 2017 PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF EAST CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


“The increase in KAMO’s rates has already taken effect, but the cooperative board of trustees voted to absorb the increase for as long as possible,” explains Tim Smith, general manager of East Central Electric (ECE).


POWER COST FACTS


• Wholesale power costs appear as the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) on your electric bill.


• The PCA varies because of fluctuations in demand and the price of fuels such as natural gas and coal used to generate electricity.


• Revenue collected through the PCA is paid in full to ECE's power supplier.





The PCA will increase 5.5 percent in January due to the rise in generation and transmissions expenses.


With system growth, comes the need for improvements. Over the previous 15 years, KAMO invested over a half billion dollars in new transmission infrastructure and improvements. They also use other utility companies’ transmission systems to deliver electricity and those costs have escalated substantially and now must be recouped.


Smith explained that transmission costs make up 3.5 percent of the 5.5 percent rate increase that members will see in the power cost adjustment (PCA)on their bill. That increase will amount to an average of four dollars every month.


To aid with the bill increase, Smith suggests members take advantage of the cooperative’s free home energy audits and rebate programs as well as visiting the ECE webpage at www.ecoec. com for energy saving information and links.


Even with the increase, ECE members enjoy some of the lowest electric rates in the state and nation.


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.


Figures to date: Applications reviewed...........................920 Applications granted..............................633 Applications denied................................272 Applications tabled...................................19 Scholarships awarded..................$190,000


Total Disbursements.........$1,493,171.78 Average member contribution............44¢


East Central Electric Cooperative PO Box 1178 • 2001 S. Wood Drive Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-1178 (918) 756-0833 www.ecoec.com


OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm.


POWER OUTAGE HOT LINE (918) 756-0833


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Lowell Hobbs, President


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


Tim Smith, General Manager PAYMENT OPTIONS


• Pay online at www.ecoec.com using SmartHub, or download the app.


• Pay by phone using VISA, Mastercard or Discover at 866- 999-4584. Available 24 hours a day. Convenience fee associated with payments.


• Pay with cash or credit⁄ debit card at participating Moneygram or Pay Site locations. Convenience fee associated with payments.


• Pay using our drive-through window or lobby, Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.


• 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.


Country Living is published monthly by East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2001 S. Wood Drive, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447. Second class postage paid at Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447 and at additional mailing office. Subscription price: 60 cents /year. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to ECE Country Living, PO Box 1178, Okmulgee, OK 74447.


This institution is an equal opportunity employer, Veteran/Disabled.


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