Issuu on Google+

August 31, 2012

Unplugged Roulet Report As we move towards the end of another summer load period, we tend to forget how much more complicated operating a utility has become, especially on the generation side. With 11 natural gas units at Anadarko and 3 at Mooreland, and 366 MW of wind generation, planning fuel (natural gas) usage daily is very complicated. How much and when the wind blows each day really has an impact on the number of gas units and the volume of natural gas you need each day. If the wind blows less, you need more gas, and if it blows more you need less. If the temperature goes up or down, it impacts the overall amount of generation you need and the amount of fuel you need to have available. Transmission congestion or other utility’s generation outages also impact how much the region will require of WFEC’s generation, as they can ask you to generate more or less due to unexpected operations anywhere in the eight- state area. So, the big question is what to do with natural gas when asked to generate more or less than you had planned, due to the wind, other utilities or outages on the transmission grid. Typically, the pressure on WFEC’s pipeline operates between 350 and 600 pounds of pressure. If you fall too low, generation has to come off-line; if it gets too high you need to park or store fuel somewhere. WFEC and APM staff generally do a pretty good job of managing fuel, however it is often very complicated and difficult. Mostly, we never think of this part of the business, only the generation plants and the wires. By the spring of 2014, a further development in the regional markets will add even more complexity to managing fuel as decisions on running units will move from WFEC to the Southwest Power Pool to perform regionally for all utilities. The complexity of WFEC’s daily business is continually changing. As summer ends, managing fuel gets a little less critical, but we shouldn’t forget those employees who work under the radar and make sure everything works well every day.


New Arrivals Lauren Ngwetsi Kirby arrived on Wednesday, August 29, weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce at Moore Medical Center. Proud parents are Peo and Joshua Kirby. Josh is a senior operations analyst. Big sister Nadia also welcomed Lauren home.

Welcome Alaric Martel Cheatham. He was born August 20 in Paris, Texas, weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces and 19½ inches in length. Proud parents are Joe and Adelene Cheatham. Joe is a warehouse worker at the Hugo Plant.


12th Annual Emerging Technology Conference Held in OKC Information, education and interaction were all a part of the 12th annual Emerging Technology Conference, hosted August 26-28 in Oklahoma City by the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. This year’s event was well attended with over 170 key account managers, commercial customers, cooperative representatives and industry-related vendors taking part in this two day meeting. Among the topics featured on the agenda included an update on Touchstone Energy by the organization’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Bausell and a panel discussion featuring the changing technology in the oil field. Also, Rhett Laubauch shared information regarding leveraging personal technologies, in addition to potential changes associated with the new health care reform. An information session was also held to discuss geothermal technology.

-Pictured top to bottom: Buzz Johnson discusses geothermal technology, Linza Jones from Blue Cross Blue Shield discusses changes associated with the new health care bill and Rhett Laubauch shares new smart phone features.


Butcher Appointed to Air Quality Council by Governor Mary Fallin Congratulations to Environmental coordinator Gerald Butcher. Gerald was recently appointed to the Air Quality Council (AQC) by Governor Mary Fallin. The Air Quality Council (AQC) serves as the initial rulemaking body for the AQC and operates under the authority of the Oklahoma Clean Air Act. The AQC holds public hearings, reviews air quality issues and provides expertise about various air quality issues. All air quality rules and regulations must first be reviewed and 09862 approved by the AQC before being recommended to the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board. Once adopted by the Board, the rules proceed to the State Legislature and the Governor for final approval.

Gerald will be replacing David Branecky as the Electric Utility Representative on the council.


Cooperative Employees Credit Union

Now That’s A

TRUCKLOAD of Savings .

.

LOWR8T$

AUTO LOANS Rates as low as ---

New - 3.00%* *

With approved credit

Used - 3.50%* *

Terms and conditions vary


Wedding Bells, New Baby??? Don’t Forget to Call Human Resources Ahh, ’tis the season! Please accept our best wishes… and then, please call us with the details. Changes in your life affect your benefit plans. We need copies of marriage licenses. We need names and social security numbers of new spouses, babies and adopted children. There’s a window of 30 days after the big event for us to bring new dependents into your benefit plans. When the window closes, you must wait until January 1 of the next year before your new family members can be covered by your policies. Also, if new dependents are not added until open enrollment, there may be preexisting condition limitations on coverage. Please call Paula Parker (ext. 4365) or Marsha Baker (ext. 4450) to share your good news about a lifestyle event.

Online Banking Convenience on the go New

& Improved

www.cecuok.virtualcu.net Cooperative Employees Credit Union


Brown Bag Lunches Held Brown bag lunches were recently held at the Anadarko Plant, Hugo, Mooreland and Anadarko HQ. Senior management filled employees in on what’s going on at WFEC and answered questions from employees.

Anadarko HQ doorprize winners were: L to R: Maria Crowder, Mike Meason and Tina Adams

Anadarko Plant doorprize winners were: L to R: Jessica Perry, Jeramy McElroy, and Dustin Red.


Curb Your Cravings Any way we are able to cut down our food portions is a solution to calorie lessening, and thus gives us a greater shot at losing body fat. It seems like it can be a losing battle. Here are five ways to shrink your appetite. Don’t see the things you want to eat. For much of the world food is now so abundant that it is readily available to us on a continual basis. Typically they are not vegetables and fruits we keep about, but unhealthy snack objects which might be much easier to grab and eat once we sense hunger pangs rolling in. Keep fruits and vegetables on hand instead of junk food. Eat greater lean protein. We all know that it makes you feel fuller for longer, because it takes longer to absorb and digest. But a current study discovered that it keeps you satisfied longer if eaten at an earlier time in the day. Consequently, always plan to incorporate protein that is you’re your breakfast. Include more fiber with your diet. Like protein, fiber is one more good for your health filler food. Whenever you eat, keep your focus on your food. Studies have revealed that individuals consume more if they unconsciously devour it, instead of taking time to enjoy it. We’ve probably all consumed bulk amounts of popcorn while watching a film, and then we wondered when we were done where all of the popcorn went. Be aware of the things you consume. Smelling particular foods. This may seem extraordinary, as we always thought that smelling foods triggers hunger. But a study found that the scent of some types of foods results in a decrease in appetite, and also by surprisingly considerable amounts. The test used peppermint scent every two hours, and test subjects consumed an average of 2,700 calories weekly lower than usual. Other scents which have similar effects are green apple, banana and vanilla.

Source: articlesbase.com


Did You Know... U.S. Tax Revenue: Federal Budget: New Debt: National Debt: Recent Budget cuts:

$ 2,170,000,000,000 $ 3,820,000,000,000 $ 1,650,000,000,000 $14,271,000,000,000 $ 38,500,000,000

Remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget: Annual family income: Money family spent: New credit card debt: Outstanding credit card balance on the credit card: Total budget cuts so far:

$ 21,700 $ 38,200 $ 16,500 $142,710 $ 385

Here’s another way to look at the debt ceiling: Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood... and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings. Do you (1) Raise the ceilings, or (2) pump out the ....? Source: Anadarko Daily News


SAVE BIG TO WIN BIG... IN THE CO-OP CONNECTIONS CARD CONTEST Enter WFEC’s new Co-op Connections Card Contest – Save Big to Win Big. How much have you saved using your Co-op Connections Card? We want to know. Send in a list of all the savings you have received on all local, regional, prescription, Healthy Savings Discounts and the VIP Savings program and you could win CASH. We have heard of several WFEC employees saving hundreds of dollars on prescriptions, Healthy Savings discounts and various other discounts in the Co-op Connections program. Now you can not only save on purchases and services through these programs, but you could win CASH. You might even be featured in upcoming Connections Card articles. This new contest will run quarterly, with the first one ending on Dec.31, 2012. Entries can be sent in anytime after Sept. 1. The first drawing will be held on Jan. 4, 2013. Fill out the attached form each time you save money using your Co-op Connection Card and send to Maria Crowder before Jan. 4, 2013. Anyone sending in 1 to 4 entries will have their name entered in the drawing once. Five or more entries will earn two submissions for the prize drawing. One lucky winner will be drawn from all eligible submissions. This quarter’s prize will be $100. The contest will run through August 31, 2013. We are always looking for more businesses to join the Co-op Connections Card program. If you have any suggestions for local, regional and national businesses that you would like to see enrolled in the Connections Card program, please fill out the bottom of the the attached form and we will follow up. For more information on the connection card program, visit: http://www.connections.coop/index.php?coopID=40 For more information on the new healthy savings discounts visit: http://www.connections.coop/healthysavings.php?tag=nav For more information, or to sign up for the new VIP savings: https://www.myvipsavings.com/splash.aspx If you would like a new card, or additional cards for family and/or friends, please contact Maria Crowder at Ext. 4371 or Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335.


Co-op Connections Card Savings Contest Entry Name: ____________________

Savings Amount: ______________

Business Name: ______________

Date: ______________

Description of Discount: ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Name: ____________________

Savings Amount: ______________

Business Name: ______________

Date: ______________

Description of Discount: ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Name: ____________________

Savings Amount: ______________

Business Name: ______________

Date: ______________

Description of Discount: ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Name: ____________________

Savings Amount: ______________

Business Name: ______________

Date: ______________

Description of Discount: ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Name: ____________________

Savings Amount: ______________

Business Name: ______________

Date: ______________

Description of Discount: ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Suggestion for future Connections Card deals: ___________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________


Financial Fails Most of us know what we should be doing when it comes to our finances, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing it. While we all do our best to pay bills on time, keep our spending in check and set aside money for the future, there are several money mistakes that you may not realize you are making. Here are a few key money mistakes to avoid. Following the crowd. Always base your financial decisions on your own needs and circumstances rather than on the opinions or actions of others. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, take a proactive approach to your finances, no matter what economic news you’re hearing or what other investors are doing. Avoid basing money decisions on emotion, or you may find yourself facing unanticipated consequences down the road. Not preparing for the unknown. An emergency fund may not be exciting, but this underappreciated financial facet really pulls its weight during hard times. Having cash on hand that you can use for an unexpected expense, or to pay bills if you lose your job, is vital because it can help you avoid having to rely on credit or your retirement savings. If you don’t have emergency savings to fall back on, a minor money shortfall can quickly turn into a major cash crisis. Avoiding asking for help. Even if your finances are in good shape right now, you may be overdue for a checkup. If you’re already in financial trouble, don’t let fear or shame prevent you from asking for help. Facing financial problems early may help you make a full recovery. Remember, 02350 many creditors are willing to work with you, but this may be much easier while your credit is still good, and while you have time to turn things around. Source: feedthepig.org


Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Tommy Sparkman

8/31 Ron Cunningham 9/01 Mike Akin 9/01 Terry Klinglesmith 9/01 Tommy Subia 9/01 Shelly Trammell 9/01 Linda Barrow 9/02 John Williams 9/03 Marvin McCarty 9/04 Everett Broce 9/05 Tim Williams 9/06 Steve Coon 9/07 Mark Palesano 9/08 Willy Hubbard 9/08 Kevin Jenkins 9/09 Sherri Turney 9/10 Dianna Williams 9/12 Tommy Lynn 9/12 Mandi Wilson 9/12 Jeff White 9/13

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.� Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hidden Employee Numbers

Congratulations to Melinda Witte for finding her employee number in the last issue of the Unplugged. Sorry, Mike Smith did not find his number. You could be the next winner of a $10 Logo Room credit. If you find your employee number in this edition, call Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335. Please use your credit before the next payday if possible.


Unplugged Newsletter