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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.

OCEC Planned Outage in Carrizozo - 12/22/2017

Otero County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) will have a planned outage on Friday, December 22, 2017 that will affect the majority of members in Carrizozo. OCEC plans to begin the outage at 7:00 AM with restoral expected to occur by 12:00 PM, providing crews do not encounter any unforeseen issues while changing out a 3-phase junction pole.

This outage is occurring as part of the work plan to rebuild infrastructure in Carrizozo to provide more reliable electricity to members.

If you have questions, please call our office at 575-648-2352, 575-336-4550 or 1-800-548-4660.

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.

Work to Begin on Second Phase of Rancho Ruidoso Rebuild

Work will begin on the second phase of the rebuild of underground lines in Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates (RRVE) this week. Members will begin to see crews from both OCEC and Solar Electric, Co. in the area working.

The work during this phase of the rebuild will begin at the intersection of Little Big Horn and Shoshone and continue east passed Blackfoot Court, ending just before Sitting Bull Court.

Crews will begin digging on Monday, January 30, 2017 and continue for approximately three (3) months.

Headquarters Open House & Member Appreciation Event

Join us on Thursday, August 25 from noon to 7 PM for a free cookout and open house! Grab a hot dog and tour the new building - can't wait to see you there!

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