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WCE announces participation in Operation Round-Up

Commitment to our local communities is not only one of the Seven Cooperative Principles, but something that your cooperative board, managers and employees believe in and make a priority every day. In keeping with that commitment, West Central Electric General Manager Mike Gray has announced the cooperative will begin an Operation Round-Up program set to kick off in mid-2018.

“This program will allow the cooperative and its members to make contributions throughout our service area, which will, in turn, strengthen our local communities and the organizations that are a part of them,” Gray said.

The program will be an OPT-OUT program in which WCE members will be automatically enrolled. Each month, members’ bills will be rounded up to the nearest dollar, with donations being overseen and distributed by the WCEC Operation Round-Up Foundation board of directors. The average member contribution per year will total around $6 per year, with the maximum being just over $11. Donations are also tax-deductible.

“A quarter or two each month might not seem like much, but added together from several thousand members over the course of a year means we can work together to help a lot of organizations,” Gray said.

Members who do not wish to participate may contact the office and ask to be removed from the Operation Round-Up list.

Contributions will be made to various organizations such as emergency departments, schools, etc.

 

What is 'Service Availibility?'

When you look in the “Current Bill Information” section of your electric bill, you may notice a line item reading “Service Availability.” That charge is nothing new, and has been there since the early 1980s.

SCHEDULE YOUR PAYMENT WITH SMARTHUB!

Our SmartHub options give you more freedom! You can schedule your payment via SmartHub. Choose any date you want to pay up to 30 days in advance. (Late fees will still apply to accounts paid after the due date and members must call the office to make a payment arrangement.) Contact our office for more information: 800-491-3803 or 816-565-4942.

REMINDER -- OSMOSE CONTRACTORS ARE WORKING ON SYSTEM

Members are reminded that inspectors from Osmose are out on the cooperative system inspecting poles. All inspectors will carry identification badges designating them as a contractor for WCE, as well as have "Contractor for West Central Electric" signs on their trucks. As always, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the cooperative at 800-491-3803.

DO YOU HAVE A GENERATOR?

Do you have a generator? Many people keep a generator for emergency situations when the power goes out, but did you know a generator can be dangerous to our linemen -- those who are out restoring your power?

Members with portable generators should make sure the generators are installed only by a qualified electrician, are placed outdoors, and are totally isolated from electric cooperative lines. Generators that are not properly installed can back-feed current onto electric cooperative lines, endangering linemen working to restore power.

Make it a safe winter by being prepared and taking the necessary precautions to keep you, and us, safe.

WINTER STORM SAFETY

Snow and ice storms are an inevitable part of the winter season. However, they can lead to downed power lines and outages. Remember the following tips to stay safe and warm should you find yourself in the dark after a severe winter event:

  • Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. Call West Central Electric at 800-491-3803 or hte local authorities to report it immediately. Avoid contact with overhead lines during cleanup and other activities.
  • In the event of an outage, an alternate heating source—such as a fireplace, propane space heater, or wood stove—may be used. Extreme caution should be taken.

REMEMBER -- ENERGY EFFICIENCY DOESN'T TAKE A HOLIDAY

If you are going to be away from home for the holidays, or any other occasion for that matter, give your home's energy use a break as well.

Here's how to give energy a vacation:

**BE AWARE OF SCAMMERS**

If you receive a phone call from someone identifying himself/herself as being from the power company, and you are not sure if it is legitimate, or sounds suspicious, hang up and call WCE yourself. ALWAYS contact us yourself if you have a question about a phone call you receive, and NEVER give out personal information such as credit card numbers or account numbers to someone over the phone. WCE does not take payments over the phone. We have a dedicated payment line that you may call, as well as a variety of other ways to make your payment.

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