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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.

2017 Election Information

June 5, 2017

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 5, 2017 in the Cloudcroft High School Gymnasium in Cloudcroft, NM.

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

Bill Bird - Northeast District

Matt Flotte - Central District

Scheduled Power Outage - May 23, 2017

Otero County Electric Co-op (OCEC) will have a scheduled electric outage next week that will affect all members whose service is fed out of the Carrizozo and Capitan Substations. The outage will begin at 11 PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and last until 3 AM on the morning of Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Members in Capitan, Carrizozo, Nogal and outlying areas can expect the outage to last for about four (4) hours, providing crews do not encounter any unforeseen problems.

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.

Scheduled Electric Outage - Friday, February 10, 2017

Otero County Electric Co-op (OCEC) will have a scheduled electric outage out of the Tinnie Substation on Friday, February 10, 2017 beginning about 9 AM. This outage was previously scheduled in January but was postponed until now.

Crews will be replacing connectors inside the substation and energizing the recently built three-phase line on the Arabela Highway. Members in Hondo, Tinnie, Arabela, San Patricio, Glencoe, and Lincoln can expect to be without electricity for approximately two (2) hours while crews work.

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.

UPDATED - Scheduled Outage - Friday, January 20, 2017

THIS OUTAGE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE. UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME WHEN THIS OUTAGE WILL OCCUR.

Otero County Electric Co-op (OCEC) will have a scheduled electric outage out of the Tinnie Substation on Friday, January 20, 2017 beginning about 9 AM. Crews will be replacing connectors inside the substation and energizing the recently built three-phase line on the Arabela Highway. Members in Hondo, Tinnie, Arabela, San Patricio, Glencoe, and Lincoln can expect to be without electricity for approximately two (2) hours while crews work.

Holiday Closure

OCEC Offices will be closed for the new year holiday on Monday, January 2, 2017. Should you experience an electric outage during this time, please call 1-800-548-4660 to report it.

Please enjoy your celebrations, but remember to be safe.

Happy New Year!

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