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September 13, 2013

Unplugged Roulet Report

Occasionally I get asked whether I think WFEC will be able to compete in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Market that opens in March 2014. Personally, I believe WFEC’s costs of power to our members may be cheaper or equal to service today. I believe WFEC will be competitive in this market. Daily operation in the Day-2 market will be quite a bit different though. The challenge will be to start and stop units, ramp up and ramp down and respond to SPP market signals and requests. Our abilities to perform as SPP requests will be our challenge. The amount of communication and coordination between WFEC, ACES and SPP increases. Fuel procurement, particularly natural gas, becomes much more difficult and complicated. Credit issues, verification of SPP invoices, transmission delivery hedging and other complex issues will increase. Simply, all our member’s loads will be served by the market at a price the regional market can produce. WFEC’s generation will be bid into the market each day. If it is dispatched, it will be at a price that recovers margin and lowers the overall cost to members. If it is not dispatched, then there is no cost or margin, but load is still served at regional delivered prices to each substation. All fixed costs remain the same as they are today. Overall, in terms of wholesale costs to members, WFEC should do fine and be competitive with others. In fact, most of our units have less fixed cost than much of the competition. In terms of daily operation, until everyone gets used to the changes it will seem much more difficult and complicated. It’s not so much whether units get dispatched, but how WFEC performs when they are dispatched. After a while, it will become routine, just like operation today. Clearly, the cheese is going to get moved around quite a bit. WFEC has a lot of employees working to make sure we end up okay.


Just Chillin The WFEC Annex building (the former Peanut Butter Plant) recently saw installation of new heat and air units. WFEC Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Paul Fuller oversaw the removal of the old units atop the buildings and coordinated installation work with the contractors at the site.


Oklahoma Living Visits WFEC Oklahoma Living Editor Anna Politano visited WFEC recently. Politano interviewed CEO Gary Roulet in preparation for a cover story she is writing about generation and transmission throughout Oklahoma. Anadarko Plant Operations Superintendent Warren Brown provided a tour of the plant for Politano. Transmission Operator Mike Hall presented an overview of the system operations to her as well. Politano’s story and accompanying photos will appear in the October edition of Oklahoma Living.


Gym Equipment For Sale Items are available for sale at the Powerhouse Gym in Anadarko. WFEC will be hosting a silent auction starting September 11 through September 30. If you would like to bid on an item, there will be bid sheets taped on each piece of equipment for you to write your name and your bid amount. The top bid for each item will be updated daily at 4:00 p.m. on the X drive under Powerhouse Gym/Bids. The bidding sheets will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on September 30.

If you 10302 do not work at the Anadarko location or are not a member of the gym, you can email bids to j_tackett@wfec.com before 5:00 p.m. on September 30. The results will be displayed on the X drive on October 1 by noon. All items must be paid for before being removed from the gym and must be picked up by October 7. Photos of these items are in an email that Julie Tackett sent out on September 11.

True Treadmill (needs repairs) Stair stepper Leg extension Weights with the small hole (tree that they are on not for sale) 3 bars that use the weights with the small holes JVC Television Sanyo Television Sony VCR Sony Tape Cassette Stereo Deck Kenwood Multiple CD player Sherwood A/M F/M Stereo Receiver Magnavox DVD player Kinyo VHS Rewinder TV rack 15 Exercise steps for aerobics (each bid is for one bench step and two height risers) AB machine Incline bench


Join Us for Brown Bag Lunch: Monday, October 7 - T&D Brown Bag - 12:00 Annex Building Tuesday, November 5 - Mooreland - 11:30 Breakroom Tuesday, November 12 - Anadarko HQ - 11:30 Employee Meeting Room Wednesday, November 13 - Hugo - 11:30 Breakroom Thursday, November 14 - Anadarko Plant - 11:30 Breakroom


And the Kick is Good! The football season is off and running, and that means fans everywhere are donning their favorite colors and firing up their grills. While some may be journeying to view their team in person, and others watching from the comfort of their couch, we can all agree that as a fan football season can mean added costs. Here are a few ways to help make sure your team’s win isn’t at your bank account’s expense. Make a game of it. Get your whole crew into the spirit of the game—and saving—by setting up a side game of “who can spend the least” for the season. Just like in fantasy leagues, declare a weekly winner in addition to a season champion. Consider rotating responsibilities and venue from week to week to keep 01319 things fair. You can tweak the rules to best suit your group. Keep it simple. When it comes to food, there’s no reason to splurge on a smorgasbord of goodies. Instead, go with what offers the best deal in bulk; most people will be more than happy with the basic chips, veggies and dip. If you want to offer something a bit more substantial, soup or chili is a cheap and easy option for groups. Strength in numbers. Even the most frugal of fans want to be there in person sometimes. Instead of braving it on your own, pull together a group to help keep the costs down. Carpool there and split accommodations if you need to stay overnight. Plus, as a group you can make a pact to help each other steer clear of the money traps, like fan shops and concessions. Source: feedthepig.org

Energy Efficiency Tips Fall is the best time to clean the chimney and get vent systems checked. Pipes must be properly connected and there should be no signs of rust or damage. It’s also time to remove the window air conditioners for the winter. If they must stay in place, be sure to seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.


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Employee Benefit Meeting Schedule – 2013 For 2014 Benefit Plans Meetings are in the Headquarters Employee Meeting Room unless indicated otherwise. If the designated time doesn’t fit your schedule, please attend one of the other meetings. Spouses are welcome to attend.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013 2:00 p.m. Transmission Engineering & Operations, Information Services, Human Resources, Generation Engineering, Technical Services, Financial Services, Power Delivery MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013 2:00 p.m. Duncan Crew, Antlers Crew, Elk City Crew, Kingston Crew, Hennessey Crew, Frederick Crew, Shawnee Crew, McAlester Crew, Mooreland Crew TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013 1:00 p.m. Anadarko Crew, Station Services, Distribution Services, Anadarko Based Procurement Services, Transmission and Distribution Staff WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 Meetings at the Hugo Power Plant 7:00 a.m. Hugo Power Plant, Coal and Rail 9:45 a.m. Hugo Power Plant, Coal and Rail 12:30 p.m. Hugo Power Plant, Coal and Rail, Hugo Based Procurement Services 7:15 p.m.

Hugo Power Plant, Coal and Rail

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013 9:00 a.m. Senior Management and Staff, Generation, Resource Planning, Legal & Corporate Services, Risk Management, Marketing & Communication, Regional Market Planning, Rates & Revenue, Staff Attorney MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013 Meeting at the Anadarko Power Plant 9:45 a.m. Anadarko Power Plant THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013 Meetings at the Mooreland Power Plant 10:00 a.m. Mooreland Power Plant 1:00 p.m.

Mooreland Power Plant


Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Jeff White 9/13 Dusty Menefee 9/15 Larry Holmes 9/16 Kevan Riley 9/16 Heath McKee 9/19 Jared Talbert 9/19 Lyndell White 9/19 Alan Derichsweiler 9/19 Terry Lisenbery 9/20 Kent Fletcher 9/21 Glen Howell 9/23 John Johnson 9/24 Richard Butler 9/24 Pam Cato 9/25 Michael Meason 9/26 Tom Christensen 9/26 Janell Gilliland 9/26 Jane Lafferty 9/26

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey

Hidden Employee Numbers

Congratulations to Lon Ross for finding his employee number in the last issue. Sorry, Chad Bingham 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.

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