2021 September NAEC The Messenger

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SEPTEMBER 2021

THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

Thinking about solar? Learn how to connect to grid safely North Arkansas Electric Cooperative does not sell or install solar installations, but a co-op engineer must review any net-metering installation prior to it connecting to the distribution system. An improperly installed solar array can backfeed electricity onto the grid during an outage. That electricity could prove fatal for a coop employee repairing the line or a member of the public. Information on the process of connecting a solar installation to NAEC’s distribution system, including the standard interconnection agreement, is found in the co-op’s tariff filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Visit naeci.com/ service-specifications for a PDF. Additional information regarding net metering sizing, ownership requirements, purchase pricing, etc. is found in the APSC’s net metering rules. Find them at apscservices.info/ rules.asp. Members with questions about the purchase, installation or net metering of a solar array can call 870-895-3221 or email info@naeci.com. Co-op personnel in the engineering and billing departments can help. With any net-metering facility, NAEC encourages members to consider the payback and ensure estimates provided by installers are using NAEC’s kWh rates and taking into consideration the minimum daily charge. NAEC recommends looking for any needed energy efficiency improvements, such as a more efficient heat pump or additional insulation, before installing solar. An NAEC energy adviser can offer suggestions on improving your home’s energy efficiency, which will lower energy costs. They may be reached at 870895-3221 or info@naeci.com.

Newly cut right-of-way near Clarkridge will help provide reliable electricity to area members. Falling trees and branches are one of the leading causes of outages on NAEC’s system.

Right-of-way maintenance essential for power quality Falling trees and branches are one of the leading causes of power outages and power quality issues on North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s system. Co-op personnel and contractors work throughout the year to maintain a clear right-of-way — the land below, above and on either side of the power lines — of trees, branches and other vegetation that could lead to an outage or affect power quality through blinks. Maintaining the right-of-way through tree-trimming and removal is not only NAEC’s responsibility, but it also is required by the Arkansas Public Service Commission and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to maintain reliability and safety. The co-op owns all electric poles, wire and equipment on the system, and NAEC employees and contractors need access to inspect and make any necessary repairs at all times. Right-of-way is measured on either side of the pole or equipment. In the past, NAEC maintained 30-foot easements (15 feet on each side), but new easements are 60 feet (30 feet on each side). “We ask members to be mindful that we must have access to the property to trim trees, repair damage from an outage or make system improvements,” General Foreman Shannon Bassham said. “We’ve had situations where members have built structures or parked vehicles within the co-op’s easement that make it difficult to reach the lines.” Members can help NAEC maintain the right-of-way by: • Considering the mature height of trees and shrubs before planting in or near NAEC’s easement. • Contacting NAEC at 870-895-3221 if a dead tree is in danger of falling on NAEC’s lines or if branches are touching the lines. • Keeping the area on either side of the lines or equipment clear of vehicles, deer stands, buildings or other structures. • Considering the placement of fences within the easement, knowing that NAEC will need access to the power line.


ITEMS FOR BID NAEC has the following items for sale to the highest bidder. They may be viewed at the Ash Flat office from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby is closed to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Please call 870-994-2191 either upon arrival or to schedule a time for viewing. Use the bid form below and send in an envelope marked "Bid" to NAEC; P.O. Box 1000; Salem, AR 72576. Bids must be received by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. NAEC reserves the right to refuse any or all bids. Visit naeci.com/equipmentsales for photos and PDF of bid form. Please call 870-895-3221 with any questions.

Item

Model

Description

Bid

Tire Changer

Accu-Turn 3265

Tire-changing machine and attachments

Wheel Balancer

Accu-Turn 1450

Wheel-balancer machine and attachments

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH

HAPPY LABOR DAY — NAEC’s offices will be closed Sept. 6. Crews will be on call in case of an outage. Report an outage to dispatch by using the NAEC app or by calling 870-895-3221.

Energy used for cooling and heating your home makes up the largest portion of monthly energy bills. By combining regular equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can save about 30 percent on your energy bills. — energy.gov

DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — JULY 2021 Average Daily High: 89.59° compared to 92.23° in 2020

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Low: 67.55° compared to 70.67° in 2020 Total Rainfall Amount: 3.55” compared to 8.88” in 2020 Warmest Day: July 30, 99.3° at 3 p.m. Coolest Day: July 4, 56.3° at 5 a.m.

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CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 info@naeci.com naeci.com

RIGHT-OF-WAY Wirth area of Sharp County

IMAGES: EMMA JONES; TORI MOSS; O.PASH/ADOBE STOCK

ON THE FRONT Line technician Chase Pleasant repairs lines damaged by a falling tree in Salem on Aug. 2.