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Coleman County Electric Cooperative will have its 79th Annual Membership Meeting on July 14 at the Coleman High School, Coleman, Texas. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., George Allison the One Man Band will be there to play his musical instruments and sing before the Business Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
We plan to have homemade ice cream and cookies prepared and served by the Coleman County 4H at the Coleman Junior High Cafeteria. Attendance gifts will be given to each member registering, as well as attendance gifts for the kids. There will be prize drawings for the adults’ and children.
As you know, a couple of years ago, we made some changes in the ballot procedure. We would just like to remind you that if you mail your ballot or bring your ballot to the meeting, you need to vote for the directors of your choice. Place the ballot in the envelope and sign the outside of the envelope. The signature must be on the outside of the envelope and the envelope sealed for your vote to be counted.
Please mark July 14 on your calendars and make plans to attend this year’s meeting in Coleman. Come and enjoy the fellowship with your fellow members while participating in the business activities of your own Cooperative.
CCEC Customer Charge Increasing with May Billing
Coleman County Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned cooperative and we strive every day to hold down costs while still providing the reliable, quality service you expect.
We are currently facing a need to increase the amount we charge for our Customer Charge for the first time in 14 years. For residential customers, we will be increasing the customer charge $5/month to $22.50. We will also be increasing the Customer Charge on all other rate classes’ Customer Charges by $5/month.
This information is intended to answer your questions about the increase, but if you have additional questions, please give us a call, or stop by our office.
As your cooperative, we are committed to keeping your costs low while at the same time, provide the most affordable power available.
Coleman County Electric Cooperative is increasing our Customer Charge amounts to recover the basic cost of delivering electricity evenly among all members.
Beginning with your May billing, the Customer Charge on your electric bill will increase $5.00 for all accounts. For residential service this means your customer charge will go from $17.50 to $22.50. For all other classes of service, your charge will also increase $5.00/month.
The amount charged for your kWh energy charge will stay the same and will not increase.
Coleman County Electric Cooperative has just 2.7 meters per mile of line to share basic electric costs, and the cooperative’s current basic electric customer charge does not cover the cost of delivering power to your location. No one likes an increase on their electric bill. In order to continue our commitment to you and maintain the reliable service you have come to expect; this increase must be made.
We are a non-profit, member-owned cooperative. We exist to serve our members with reliable, affordable power and any margins (profits) we receive are invested back into the electric system or allocated to you in the form of capital credits.
What exactly is my Basic electric charge? This is your Customer Charge as it appears on your bill and covers your share of the cost to build and maintain the electric system that makes power available at your location. Every truck, transformer, wire, wood pole and meter costs money. This equipment—and the people to operate it—are needed to deliver electricity to your home, regardless of how much electricity you use.
TransWorld Network Corp to Offer Wi-Power Internet in Coleman, TX
Wi-Power is now being offered in CCEC's territory for the communities of Ballinger, Lake Coleman, Lawn, Miles, Novice, Talpa and most recently, the City of Coleman. TWN plans to expand their network throughout the area to reach even more local communities with Santa Anna and Gouldbusk coming soon.
Wi-Power Internet & Phone is designed to reach areas often unserved or underserved by traditional Internet technologies. TWN's network infrastructure is designed using a state of the art, wireless-based platform to deliver broadband access.
In CCEC’s area, Wi-Power residential pricing start at $49.95* for a sustained, 5 Mbps download plan that allows customers to stream their favorite shows online. Additional residential plans are also available to provide even more speed for larger families or multiple devices. Click here to be directed to pricing. The Wi-Power network offers greater flexibility for custom enterprise business solutions and can deliver speeds as fast as 1 Gbps or greater, making the service competitive to other technologies like fiber, cable or DSL.
TWN provides all operational support to the customer, including billing, customer service, technical support and installation. TWN currently provides branded communications programs for electric cooperatives across the nation. Product offerings include Wi-Power Internet/ VoIP phone service and ISP support services all branded on behalf of TWN’s rural electric cooperative partners.
For residential inquiries, please contact 844-660-7400.
For business inquiries, please contact 866-283-6169.
You may also visit www.wi-power.com for more information.
How to keep your food safe during an outage
How to prepare your family & property for severe weather
Storm season is upon us and we all know how damaging they can get. Click here to find out some ways on how to be prepared for when the weather hits.
Recipients of the The Directors' Memorial Scholarship
Every year, Golden Spread G & T provides a scholarship to students from families who are members of Golden Spreads 16 Member cooperative, one being Coleman County Electric Cooperative. This scholarship pays $500 for each of four semesters for a student's first two years of college, totaling $2,000. Two of the eight recipients of the Directors' Memorial Scholarship came from our very own Cooperative! We would like to congratulate McKenzie Arrott & Macy Lange, both from Ballinger, TX on receiving this scholarship.
To read more about the 2017 Directors' Memorial Scholarship and the recipients, click here.
Visit the Golden Spread website at www.gsec.coop for additional scholarship information.
New metering system being installed
Coleman County Electric Cooperative is investing in new, automated meters to improve the efficiency and reliability of our electric system. We will be replacing all 8,700+ meters on our system for numerous benefits that will help us:
Save money by eliminating the labor and transportation costs of in-person meter readings
- Improve billing accuracy, eliminating misreads or inaccurate readings
- Improve electric service reliability and power quality—fewer outages, blink and surges
- Help secure the overall safety of the cooperative employee team
- Help pinpoint the exact location of outages more quickly, meaning a faster response time
These meters will be transmitting information to our headquarters office in 15 minute intervals, by radio frequency telecommunication (just like cellphones, laptops, Wi-Fi- wireless router, etc.).
Installation for these new automated meters started around the beginning of April 2017. We have started in the Novice area, will proceed to Coleman and expand from there. We plan on having every meter replaced by the end of 2018. You will need to reset your electronic devices after the new meter is installed because of the loss of power for a few minutes. If you can please update the office with any new/updated information regarding us entering the location to get these meters changed out (i.e. gate combinations, bad dogs), we would highly appreciate it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 325-625-2128.
Watch Out for Electrical Hazards on the Farm
By Chris Grammes
Those who live on a farm know that not only is it hard work, but it can be dangerous, too. Each year, farmers are electrocuted when large farm machinery comes into contact with overhead power lines.
Often, the situation occurs because a newer, bigger piece of equipment no longer clears a line the way a smaller one did. In addition, shifting soil may also affect whether or not machinery avoids power lines from year to year.
The following tips will help keep everyone on a farm safe:
- Look over work areas carefully for overhead power lines and utility poles.
- Make sure you have ample clearance when moving large machinery such as combines, grain augers, pickers, bailers, and front-end loaders. Do this every year as equipment sizes or soil conditions may change.
- Store large equipment properly if near or under power lines. When planning new construction, factor in existing power lines.
- Be extra careful when working around trees and brush; they often make it difficult to see power lines.
- Train all farm workers to keep an eye out for overhead power lines.
Sources: Safe Electricity www.safeelectricity.org; National Ag Safety Database
Thunderstorm safety tips from the American Red Cross
When thunderstorms are rolling your way, stay safe with these helpful tips from the American Red Cross:
- Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
- Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
- If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
- Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
- If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
Source: American Red Cross
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