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Maintenance never stops at North Central

North Central Electric completed 2014 with one of its best outage records in the 79-year history of the cooperative. 
Consumers were without power an average of less than one hour in 2014. It marked the third time in the past 10 years the figure was below one hour and the sixth time it’s been below two hours. The national standard is five hours per consumer.  

Tiger band to sport new uniforms

People Fund contributes to community fundraising effort.

 

 

 

National Linemen Appreciation Day April 13

When it comes to first responders firefighters, police officers and paramedics are usually the first that come to mind. Lineworkers deserve the same recognition.
That’s why America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. The tradition started last year with a declaration by Congress.
On April 13,  North Central Electric Cooperative will honor the hard-working men  who often work around the clock, in dangerous conditions, to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety.

The maintenance map; System-aging study shows 57 percent of lines have been replaced since 2000

The North Central Electric Cooperative Operations Department mantra is rather simple: Preventive maintenance is the cheapest form of maintenance.

It pays off in system reliability and member satisfaction. Fewer and shorter outages normally makes for happier consumers. To meet those expectations, a strategic plan needs to be in place and implemented.

The North Central engineering team of Brad Warnement, Patrick Pifher and Lynn Hill have conducted and updated a system-aging study to determine the age of lines throughout the cooperative's service territory.

Four new members appointed to People Fund board

At the November meeting, the North Central Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees appointed Jim Shade, Rex Grasz, Sherry Ward and Diane Stallings to the North Central Electric People Fund board.

Cooperative trustees Kevin Bishop selected Shade as the District 1 representative, which consists of Crawford and Richland counties.

Youth Tour: Students can be part of something powerful

Tennis shoes. Check. Bottled water. Check. Eagerness to learn and lead. Check, check. If you're a high school sophomore or junior looking for the trip of a lifetime, then the Rural Electric Youth Tour is the trip for you!

Imagine: a chance to visit Washington, D.C., for one week, with about 40 students from Ohio. You'll have the opportunity to visit Ohio's congressional delegation. You'll see many of the famous sights of the nation's capital. And the best part? It won't cost you a penny.

North Central needs your phone number

We need telephone numbers!

With more and more people dumping their landlines and switching to cellphones, the cooperative's database has taken a hit over the past several years.

Last month, we presented the customer satisfaction survey results. The results were based on 225 phone interviews plus 120 members who completed the survey online after receiving an e-mail from our research group.

In order to reach 225 members, researchers had to contact 462 members. Naturally, some declined to take the phone survey.

Co-op halts large-capacity water heater sales

One of North Central Electric Cooperative's most popular, long-standing and successful load-management programs has taken a broadside hit from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Electric-resistance eater heaters greater than 55 gallons cannot meet the Department of Energy's new energy efficiency standards that go into effect in April 2015. Effective immediately, the cooperative will no longer sell large-capacity water heaters.

North Central donates $10,000 to Attica Fair

North Central Electric Cooperative is joining a community-wide effort to build a new show arena and barn at the Attica Fairgrounds with a $10,000 contribution.

During the Attica Fair animal auction in August, Sutton Bank of Attica pledged $50,000 toward the construction of a 15,000 square foot steel barn and challenged the community to collectively meet or exceed that pledge.

Co-op refunds $689,373 in capital credits

For the 35th consecutive year, North Central Electric Cooperative's current and former members are receiving patronage capital credits refunds from their cooperative.

The North Central Board of Trustees approved a patronage capital credits refund of $689,373 at its November meeting. Including this year's refund, nearly $17.6 million has been refunded to members since 1980.

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