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September 27, 2013

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Several entities join together to form the membership of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), located in Oklahoma City. It’s membership consists of 26 distribution cooperatives headquartered in Oklahoma, and two others, headquartered in Arkansas that serve small areas in the state. Two Generation and Transmission Cooperatives (WFEC and KAMO) have headquarters in Oklahoma, but a third, Golden Spread, serves one of the cooperatives in the Oklahoma panhandle. Each of the 30 members of OAEC pay annual dues to fund OAEC operations. In return, OAEC, represents all Oklahoma cooperatives, works on legislative issues impacting cooperatives, operates a safety and loss control program, performs professional development and training programs, publishes the Oklahoma Living magazine, and works on numerous other programs on behalf of all the membership. Like all cooperatives, OAEC has a Board of Directors, that is made up of its members. This board meets regularly to approve budgets, review work, discuss relevant issues, and keep up with current events impacting each cooperative. WFEC is a member of the safety and training program and a participant in various insurance programs. Socialization of these programs to benefit the group of cooperatives is how small organizations become bigger and take advantage of economies of scale.


New Baby News Brooks Logan Impson, pictured with brother Kale Nolan, was born on August 3 at 4:56 p.m.. He weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lance and Tina Adams. Tina works in Operations as the customer service/training coordinator. Proud parents are Tina’s daughter, Brandi, and her husband Kody Impson. Brooks is Tina’s third grandchild.


Silent Auction for Autographed OU Football! The WFEC Employee’s Scholarship Fund Committee (Scholarship Fund) has been given the opportunity to offer an OU Football signed by Barry Switzer (shown below). This generous contribution was made possible by the Larry Derryberry Law Firm. A silent auction will be conducted for this football, to benefit the Scholarship Fund beginning September 19th and ending on October 3rd. If you would like to submit a bid, a bid sheet is located in the main break room at the Headquarters building; or for those wishing to bid in any of the other locations (Anadarko, Hugo, and Mooreland Plants; and T&D Services), please send your bid amount by e-mail to k_keeling@wfec.com or you may contact Don Green (Hugo) or Gina Johnson (Mooreland) as they will have bid sheets also. The top bid for the item will be updated daily at 4:30 p.m. on the X drive under Scholarship Committee/Bids. The minimum bid for this item is set at $100! The bidding will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on October 3rd. The results will be displayed on the X drive on October 4th by noon. The successful bidder may pick up the item after payment has been made. There will be 12 Seniors eligible for scholarships in 2014. Please support the Scholarship Fund. The WFEC Employee’s Scholarship Fund Committee sincerely appreciates your support!


Arc Flash Training Held at Anadarko Greg Ellis and Kent Tunnel of Sentinel Power Services provided arc flash training to the employees of the E&I and Operations departments at the Anadarko Power Plant on September 11 and 13.


WFEC Crews Upgrade Goldsby WFEC transmission and substation crews recently worked at Goldsby sub in the OEC service area of Goldsby, just south of Norman. Crews are upgrading the line switch and transformer from 69kV to 138kV. This is part of a project to upgrade the Canadian Sw. to OU Switch 01759 transmission line from 69kV to 138kV.

Photos by: Glen Fogle.

Power Line Technician Robert Glass.


Heavy Equipment Operator Jeramy Lange.


Energy Efficiency Tips Energy Saving Tips For Fall · Lighting- Turn off lights when not in use. Replace your most-used incandescents with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer. · Water Heating- Set water heater to the lowest temperature that provides you sufficient hot water. Wrap your older model water heater with a water heater blanket, especially if it is in an unheated area. · Thermostats- Set your heating thermostat at 68 degrees or lower by day and put on a sweater if you feel chilly. Use an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you are away and don’t forget to clean or replace furnace filters regularly. · Cooking- Pre-heat only for baking. Avoid opening the oven to check progress. Turn oven off before food is done and use retained heat to finish cooking. Use microwave whenever possible---it saves energy. · Clothes Washers- Replace your clothes washer with an ENERGY STAR model when it is time. They use 50% less water and 70% less energy and that adds up to $100 every year. Run your washer, dryer, and dishwasher only with a full load. · Refrigerators- Upgrade your refrigerator if it is 10 years old or older. Refrigerators use more energy than any appliance in your home. Vacuum refrigerator coils at least twice a year. · Bathing- Showers use much less hot water than baths. Install 10357 energy saving low flow showerheads and flow restrictors. And fix leaks to save energy and save water. · Weatherproofing- Don’t let air escape that you’ve paid to heat or cool. Caulk and weather-strip to reduce air leakage around doors and windows, baseboards, and whereever pipes, wires, and vents enter a house.


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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


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

Diesel Tanks Removed At Anadarko If you recall an earlier story, tanker trucks were removing more than two million gallons of diesel from the Anadarko Plant site storage tanks. It took over three hundred tanker trucks to remove it all. Now those storage tanks that held the fuel are being dismantled at the plant. There is no longer a need for them since the Anadarko Plant has been converted to Dry Low NOx.


Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Wes Brogan 09/27 Mary Clifton 09/28 Justin Howard 09/30 Chris Saathoff 10/01 Lynn Ferrell 10/01 Dan Henderson 10/02 Mike Robison 10/04 Jason Hamilton 10/06 Rob LeForce 10/06 Jackie Johnson 10/07 Jacyn Brooks 10/08 Tom PIke 10/09 Gerald Butcher 10/10 Lonnie Biggerstaff 10/10 Steve Miller 10/10

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.� ~ Og Mandino

Hidden Employee Numbers

Congratulations to Pam Cato for finding her employee number in the last issue. Sorry, Heath McKee 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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