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June Bill Includes Your 2017 Capital Credit Allocation

How much of Otero County Electric Cooperative’s margins from last year will YOU receive? Your June 2018 electric bill lists the amount allocated to your capital credit account based on last year’s margins. The information will appear on the left hand side of the bill, above the kWh Usage History.

2018 Trustee Election Information

June 1, 2018

There are three positions on the Otero County Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees that are up for election. Elections will take place at the Annual Meeting of Members to be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the Cloudcroft High School Gymnasium in Cloudcroft, NM.

The Trustees whose terms are expiring this year are listed below.

Scott Shafer - Northwest District

Preston Stone - Northwest District

Ribbon Cutting & Open House for New Solar Facility

On February 26, 2018, the Carrizozo Solar Facility was declared commercially operational, substantially completing construction of the single largest solar project for any distribution cooperative in New Mexico.  OCEC Members can now receive 3 Megawatts (MW) of solar energy from the solar farm sited between Capitan and Carrizozo. With over 20 acres of solar panels, just west of the US-380/NM-37 junction, the project is hard to miss.

Power Outage Affects OCEC Customers

June 7, 2017

Otero County Electric Cooperative was hit hard by a thunderstorm that swept through Lincoln County last night causing damage to a transmission line. Two structures on the sole-line providing power to both the Capitan and Carrizozo substations were torn down in the high winds that accompanied the rain and hail yesterday afternoon.

OCEC Implements Measures to Help Prevent Fires

Spring time in New Mexico usually brings high winds, warmer temperatures and dry conditions.Unfortunately, that also brings about an increased fire danger for most of the service territory. OCEC operations personnel have implemented some enhanced safety measures in response to these conditions in an effort to ensure that electrical equipment damage or repair efforts does not contribute to the current fire danger.

Scammers Target Co-op Customers

OCEC has received notification that scammers are calling some of our customers demanding payments or their electric service will be disconnected. Making a payment to these scammers is not advised and could give them access to your financial information. OCEC does make phone calls to customers with past due accounts giving a final date for payment before disconnection, but will never demand immediate payment or ask you to wire money.
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