Service Line Replacements

The Energy Cooperative has contracted with Middleton Mechanical to conduct service line replacements for our members in the West Main Street and surrounding area of Newark beginning this week. Members will be contacted prior to any service line replacement work on the premises. Upon completion of the service line replacement, a representative from Middleton Mechanical will need access to any appliances that need relighting. Middleton Mechanical will have identifiable clothing and photo identification. Thank you for your cooperation.


If you have any questions, please call our Member Service department at 1-800-255-6815. If you smell gas or have a gas emergency call 911 and then call The Energy Cooperative at 1-800-255-6815.

The November & December issue of The Energy Cooperative Times Magazine is available online.

What’s Inside

  • PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Your Membership Matters
  • LIGHTING UP NORTH CAROLINA: Learn how our crews helped restore power after Hurricane Florence.
  • COVER STORY: Natural gas pipeline replacement improves reliability and supply.
  • DIRECTOR’S CORNER: District 1 Director, Don Hawk discusses member engagement in our cooperative.
  • TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Practical tips for teaching children how to reduce their energy consumption.
  • STRATEGIES FOR STRESS: Helpful tips to handle stress this holiday season.
  • FINANCIAL CORNER: Propane members noticed an increase in their rates this year. Here’s why.
  • OPERATION ROUND UP: Operation Round Up Foundation awards $41,488 in October.
  • MESSAGES FROM MEMBER SERVICE: We identified the questions you ask most often, and answered them.
  • FEATURED RECIPE CONTEST: Sandy Drenning of Mount Vernon, Ohio shares her recipe for cranberry pie.

In accordance with Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR, Part 192.16, The Energy Cooperative (TEC) is required to inform members that the member shall be responsible for their gas service lines.

Here’s what you need to know

  • The member is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all gas piping from the gas meter to all gas appliances.
  • The member is responsible for the repair/replacement of the gas service line located on the member’s property from the buried curb valve to the inlet of the gas meter. Buried gas piping that is not maintained may be subject to the potential hazards of corrosion and leakage.
  • For your safety, all buried pipe should be periodically inspected for leaks. If the buried piping is metallic, it should also be periodically inspected for corrosion. If an unsafe condition is found, the gas piping will need to be promptly repaired.
  • When digging near buried gas piping, the piping should be located in advance and the excavation done by hand. As a reminder, any time a member is excavating, Ohio 811 should be called by simply dialing 811 or 1-800-362-2764 at least 48 hours prior to digging. Ohio 811 will notify various utility companies to locate utilities lines in the area.
  • Plumbing and heating contractors can assist in locating, inspecting, and repairing the member’s buried piping. The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that a DOT-qualified plumbing contractor must be used to repair or replace a member’s buried piping upstream of the meter, including the gas riser attached to the meter set. While this is not required for piping downstream of the meter, TEC strongly recommends a DOT-qualified plumber be used for all buried gas piping.

For further information, please call our Member Service Department at (800) 255-6815.

The Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $41,488 in October to benefit member communities.

  • Pathways of Central Ohio computers for 211 Crisis Hotline.
  • Danville Local Schools towards playground renovation.
  • Muskingum Valley ESC for iPads for student use.
  • Save A Warrior for a renovation at Warrior Village.
  • Licking County ESC for Chromebooks for student use.
  • Larry Miller Inter. School for supplies for learning space.
  • St. Francis Boy Scout Troop 4008 for tents for camping.
  • Granville Arts Boosters towards sound equipment.
  • United Way of Licking Co. for a telephone system.
  • Heath Athletic Boosters towards synthetic turf.
  • Genesis Community Ambulance towards heart monitors.
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland for equipment.
  • Croton UMC Boy Scout Troop 4025 towards a trailer.

The Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $30,993 to the following organizations in August, 2018:


  • Phoenix Central for Google Chromebooks
  • Licking County Library for 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
  • PBJ Connections for office furniture
  • St. Louisville Police Department for protective gear
  • Licking County Coalition of Housing  towards service van for maintenance personnel
  • Village of Philo towards rubber mulch for Village Hall playground
  • United Way of Licking County for technology
  • New Hope Lutheran Church for back to school fest
  • Center for Disability Services towards capital campaign
  • Village of Gratiot towards furnace replacement.



Application materials need to be received ten days prior to the meeting date for consideration at that meeting, except in November when the application materials need to be received by November 17, 2018 for early disbursement before the Holidays. The meeting dates for 2018 are as follows: February 6, April 3, June 5, August 7, October 9, and December 11.


Online Round Up Application


Application for Round Up Funding – Organization
(Must benefit an organization within The Energy Cooperative service area)


Application for Operation Round Up Funding – Individual (pdf)
(Must reside within the service area and be a member/consumer of The Energy Cooperative)

The Energy Cooperative has contracted with Utility Solutions of Ohio (USO) to conduct routine natural gas distribution pipeline surveys in the north Zanesville area. This walking residential survey, conducted every three years, will help ensure that the pipelines are safe.

USO will be working on the north side of Zanesville in the areas near, Military Road,  Maple Avenue, Richvale Road, Fairview Road, Newark Road and Dillon Hills Drive.

USO surveyors will have identifiable clothing and photo identification. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call our Member Services department at 1-800-255-6815. If you smell gas or have a gas emergency call 911 and then call The Energy Cooperative at 1-800-255-6815.


At the June meeting, The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $44,803 to the following community organizations:


  • The Turban Project for sewing machines
  • Robbins Hunter Museum plant markers for historic garden
  • Knox County Board of Dev. Dis. towards construction of inclusive playground
  • Transitions for window replacement
  • HNCO/Hospice of Knox County for inflatable shampoo basins and bed bumper pads
  • Coshocton Co. EMS for two King Vision Kits
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center for basic curriculum shoe box tasks
  • Muskingum Recreation Center for lane speakers for pool
  • Licking Township Fire Department for one King Vision Kit
  • Newark Township Fire Department for firefighter gear
  • Look Up Center towards heating and cooling
  • Together We Grow, Inc. for gardening tools/equipment.
  • Chandlersville Building Association to replace tile
  • Holy Trinity School & Comm. Center towards tables and chairs for community center
  • Kirkersville UM Boy Scout Troop 4100 towards Eagle Scout project.

In April of 2018, The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $69,700 to the following community organizations:

  • Licking County YMCA toward the renovation and expansion of their Western Branch.
  • YMCA of Mount Vernon toward a renovation.
  • Newark Midland Theatre toward the purchase of sound board equipment.
  • Hospice of Central Ohio toward the purchase of laptops and computer equipment.
  • Kokosing Valley Jr. Anglers toward an “enviroscape model”.
  • The Thomas J. Evans Foundation to purchase a water fountain and bike repair station for Everett Park.
  • West Muskingum Schools to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Foundation Park Conservancy towards the spotlight project.
  • Buckeye Lake Village Fire Dept. for the purchase of gas monitors.
  • Muskingum County Agriculture Society toward updates at the Veterans Complex.
  • Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (Heath) toward their back to school supply program.
  • Village of Roseville toward a splash pad project.
  • Weathervane Playhouse toward the purchase of computers.

Click here to learn more about Operation Round Up.