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Summer is a difficult time for electrical systems. When temperatures rise, electrical systems must work hard to power air conditioners. Old or damaged home electrical systems can cause shocks and start fires when put under the stress of summer electricity use.
Coleman County Electric Cooperative urges its members to take steps to keep homes and loved ones safe.
Older homes may have a difficult time providing electricity to all the electronics and appliances of a modern
household. An electrician can tell you whether your home’s electrical system is appropriate for the electronics you are using and what improvements are necessary.
Some signs that your electrical system is overloaded are flickering lights; frequently tripped circuits; cords or wall plates that are warm to the touch; or crackling, popping or sizzling sounds coming from outlets. These can present a serious fire risk.
No matter the season or age of a home, residents should check regularly for electrical hazards such as cracked or fraying cords, overloaded outlets and circuits, and improper wattage of lightbulbs. Also, make sure smoke alarms are placed and functioning properly.
New Board Members Elected
Three new Directors were elected onto the Board on July 14th, at the Annual Meeting. We welcome these new Directors and look forward to seeing what future endeavors that they will bring to CCEC.
RICHARD H. LANGE is a lifelong resident of Norton and has been farming in Norton and surrounding communities since 1973. He continues to farm cotton, wheat and milo, as well as run cattle. Lange and his wife, Jean, have two children and are active members of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger, where he serves as a lector and assisted with CCD for many years. Lange was a member of the Facilities Needs Assessment Committee for Ballinger ISD, helping to prioritize renovation projects, and the Herbicide Regulation Advisory Committee to the Runnels County Commissioners Court. In 1995, Lange became a loss adjuster for the Farm Service Agency. He has been an active member of the Norton Lions Club for 45 years and is once again serving as president of the club. He also was active in 4-H and served for several years on the Runnels County Junior Livestock Show Association Board of Directors.
LES DOBBINS JR. is a lifelong resident of Coleman County. He and his wife, Diana, live on the farm that has been in her family for more than 100 years, and they have two sons. Dobbins works for Coleman ISD in grounds maintenance and as a bus driver. For the previous seven years, he was employed at Cross Plains ISD as the transportation director. Many people know him from his many years in the family business, Dobbins Service Station, on the south end of Commercial Avenue in Coleman. He was a volunteer with the Coleman Fire Department for almost 20 years, serving as fire chief and in other officer positions. He volunteered for several years with events of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce. Dobbins has been a trustee at Bible Baptist Church for several years. He also serves as song leader for the church, a position he has held for more than 25 years
BRENT MCMILLAN is a co-owner of Johnson Feed Barn. He and his wife, Renea, have two daughters and two grandchildren and are members of First Baptist Church. McMillan serves as director of the Coleman County Youth Activity Board. He previously served as a director of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce and Coleman ISD School Board, and held office as director, secretary and president of the Coleman Rodeo Association.
Congratulations to this years recipients of college scholarships:
Samuel Woodall, Cheyenne Collier, Christy Kruse, Adam Hauser, Kaitlin Sellars, Kersey Wyatt, Ryli Pruitt, Sarita Short, Dakota Boone, Reid Matschek, Julia Williams, Grace Bryan, McKenzie Arrott and Macy Lange.
As part of the Cooperative's Seven Principles (Concern for Community), $500 scholarships are given Annually to local students using unclaimed funds from capital credit retirements. We thank all who participated and wish you nothing the best as you take on your next endeavors.
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.
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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