In February of 2018 The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $55,108 to the following community groups:

  • Newark Police K-9 Fund to purchase K-9 and cruiser modifications
  • Mary Ann Township Fire Department to purchase gas monitor equipment
  • Knox County 4-H Planning Committee toward construction of 4-H activity center
  • Larry Miller Intermediate School to purchase ChromeBook charging cart
  • Highwater Congregational Church UCC toward a replacement elevator
  • Twin Oak Elementary toward ChromeBooks and a charging cart
  • Hebron Youth Softball toward fencing at Canal Park
  • Newton Township Fire Department  toward a utility vehicle (UTV)
  • HNCO/Hospice Knox County to purchase medical equipment
  • Heath Sertoma Youth Football to refurbish helmets
  • Knox County Head Start, Inc. to purchase a commercial freezer

To learn more about Operation Round Up, click here.

Central Ohio’s winter has been unseasonably warm and fairly quiet, but stormy spring weather may be right around the corner. Being prepared can help you and your family better handle severe weather and the power outages that often accompany it.

Develop a family plan:

  • Discuss with your family how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies most likely to happen in your area.
  • Identify the safest rooms in your house (typically the basement or innermost room; put as many walls between you and the outside as possible).
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
  • Practice executing your plan.

Put together or update your emergency kit:

  • Water – one gallon per person per day for three to seven days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for three to seven days (include can opener); pet food and bowls
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – one per person
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change
  • Books, games or card

Know how to get alerts:

  • NOAA Weather Radio: Think of this as a “smoke detector” for severe weather alerts. A weather radio can be purchased cheaply, and will sound in the event that a warning is issued for your area. At night, this will wake you up so your family can get to a safe place.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts: Most smart phones are enabled with Wireless Emergency Alerts. Make sure these are enabled by going into your notification settings. This will sound an alarm when a warning is issued for your area.
  • You can get the latest severe weather info through your local news station. If the weather becomes truly dangerous, like a tornado warning, most stations broadcast continuously until the threat has passed.

Know the difference between a severe weather WATCH and a WARNING:

  • A WATCH means severe weather is possible, but not yet happening. Keep checking up on the weather throughout the day, have a plan ready in case warnings are issued for your area.
  • A WARNING means severe weather is happening in your area. Seek shelter, and get to a safe place

Know what to do when the power goes out:

  • If you are an electric member of The Energy Cooperative and you experience a power outage, be sure to report your outage by calling (800) 255-6815.
  • Visit our crisis management website at cmc.theenergycoop.com where you can find emergency alerts, outage updates, and tips for handling a power outage.

The Energy Cooperative is reminding members to be aware of scammers posing as utility representatives, either over the phone or in person.

The most popular trick used by scammers is to place an unsolicited phone call to a member and state that the utility company will disconnect the member’s natural gas or electric service if the member fails to make a payment – usually within a short timeframe. Scammers have even gone as far as posing as utility employees, making collection calls at the members’ homes.

“The safety of our members and their accounts, are of the highest priority for The Energy Cooperative,” said Todd Ware, President/CEO of The Energy Cooperative. “We urge any member suspecting a potential scam to take immediate action by calling the local police and then calling The Energy Cooperative.”

Keep an eye out for these red flags indicating scam activity:

  • The thief becomes angry and tells the member his or her account is past due and service will be disconnected if a large payment isn’t made – usually within less than an hour.
  • The thief instructs the member to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to The Energy Cooperative.
  • The scammer asks the member for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds.

How to protect yourself:

  • The Energy Cooperative will never ask or require a member with a delinquent account to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • Members can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail, or in person.
  • Members with delinquent accounts receive an advance disconnection notification with the regular monthly billing – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.
  • If you suspect someone is trying to scam you over the phone, hang up and call the local police and then call The Energy Cooperative.
  • Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.
  • If you or any member of your family are suspicious of a person claiming to be a utility employee making a collection or service call at your home, calmly ask them to wait, close and lock the door, and call the utility for verification.
  • If you or any member of your family feel threatened, call 911 immediately.

Employees of The Energy Cooperative are required to wear an Energy Cooperative uniform with The Energy Cooperative logo. They must also wear a personal identification badge with their full name, photo, job title, and a verification phone number. To verify an employee of The Energy Cooperative, call (800) 255-8615.

 

 

Several cooperative members who receive our electric service recently made us aware that they have been solicited by phone, and in-person, by organizations or individuals who claim to represent competing utility suppliers, with the objective of getting members to agree to switch their electric service to another provider.

The Energy Cooperative does not participate in retail choice – the ability to choose your electric supplier. Electric cooperatives are not-for-profit, member-owned and locally governed utilities that for many years have benefited from the lowest cost of wholesale power generation in the state. Ohio’s electric cooperatives did not opt in to electric industry restructuring 11 years ago. Cooperative leaders believed they were already offering affordable and reliable electricity. In addition, their non-profit status and patronage capital programs benefited owner-members in other ways.

While we cannot vouch for the legitimacy of the solicitors, please be assured that we appreciate, and value, your membership in The Energy Cooperative, and that we, in no way, endorse the solicitors. Please also be assured that we respect the confidentiality of your account, and that we have never, nor will we ever, provide your account information to outside parties.

In the event that you are contacted by an organization attempting to flip your electric service to another supplier, do not provide your account or other personal information to them, and immediately contact The Energy Cooperative’s Member Service Department at (800) 255-6815 or email at feedback@theenergycoop.com.

Thank you.

 

In December of 2016, The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up Foundation, Inc. awarded $46,346 to the following community groups in our service area:

  • Johnstown Choir Boosters for a theater scrim
  • Salvation Army (Newark) for food preparation equipment & bedding
  • Licking County Library for two Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
  • Knox County Head Start towards a dishwasher for the center
  • Hillview PTA towards a walking path
  • Newark Midland Theatre towards mounting equipment for speakers
  • Bethel Mission for updates to the building
  • YMCA of Mount Vernon for sports equipment for kids
  • Newark Orchestra Parent Association for instrument cases
  • Licking County Players for exterior lighting
  • Friends of Wiggin Street School PTO for Chromebooks & charging cart
  • Marne United Methodist Church for play equipment for Little Arrows Café
  • Columbia Elementary PTO towards an outdoor learning pavilion
  • Together We Grow, Inc. towards construction of a veterans’ garden
  • Thorn Township Fire Department towards a rescue boat
  • Perry County Historical & Cultural Arts Society for office equipment

The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up is a community service program of its member/consumers. Members “round up” their utility bills to the next dollar and that amount is donated to groups in The Energy Cooperative’s 15 county service area who meet the funding guidelines. For more information click here.

Newark, OH: On Veterans Day, 2015, The Energy Cooperative (TEC) unveiled an addition to its propane fleet of vehicles — a bobtail delivery truck with an American patriotic design. Its special purpose is to “pay-it-forward” to those who sacrificed for our country – for every gallon of propane delivered by the patriotic truck, one penny is donated to the American Veterans Support Grant, established by TEC to support local, non-profit organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families.

“We recognize the incredible services these organizations provide and are proud to offer these community grants to further strengthen their efforts in serving local veterans and military servicemen and servicewomen,” said Bob Herron, TEC’s Propane Operations Manager. “TEC puts an emphasis on supporting local charities that care for and honor our military and veterans. The entire Cooperative is honored to play a part.”

Since December of 2015, the veterans-focused bobtail truck has traveled more than 10,000 miles and made more than 1,500 deliveries of propane. From the money generated by the bobtail truck, TEC recently awarded funds to the first recipient of the grant, The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11072 in Dresden. The funds were used to upgrade the Post’s food service trailer and assist with the Post’s color guard program that supplies free American flags to schools in the Tri-Valley school district.

“This is truly a blessing,” said Jerry Wade, commander of VFW Post 11072. “The food service trailer is the primary source of funding for our Post. All money raised during our participation in the annual Dresden Melon Festival was intended to be spent on much-needed repairs to the trailer. By receiving a grant from TEC, we can now utilize the money raised for other important projects such as building repairs and paint for our VFW post. We are very grateful.”

TEC is among more than 900 cooperatives across the country that provide energy services and support our nations veterans of all generations. The Energy Cooperative’s American Veterans Support Grant will assist military service organizations throughout TEC’s service territory that assist with veterans’ health, housing, education, career development, family support, and more.

For consideration for funding please click here.

McVey, Dan_8-2013Newark, Ohio: The Energy Cooperative’s (TEC) Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dan McVey, was recently elected as chairperson of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The announcement came at the recent Licking County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration held in August.

McVey officially took over as chairperson on September 1. As chairperson of the board, McVey will serve as the chief-elected officer of the Licking Chamber of Commerce and preside over all meetings of the board of directors and executive committee.  He will also lead the organization’s staff and board members through a strategic planning session this month and a review of the goals, plans and strategies.

McVey’s responsibilities also include:

  • Directing the board in formulating policies and programs that will further the goals and objectives of the Chamber
  • Working with the president of the Chamber to prepare the agenda for meetings of the board of directors and executive committee
  • Serving as emcee for the Groundhog Breakfast in February at The Ohio State University at Newark/Central Ohio Technical College
  • Presenting a report and introducing the new officers at the annual dinner and awards celebration to be held in August, 2017
  • Conducting an annual review of the president’s performance.

Dan McVey joined National Gas & Oil Corporation, a subsidiary of TEC, in 1995 as a district engineer. In 1997, he was promoted to vice president and chief operating officer for NGO Development Corporation, also a subsidiary of TEC. In 2004, he assumed the additional responsibility for natural gas transmission and distribution operations.

McVey received a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Marietta College and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. Dan is a former trustee for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, past president of the Ohio Society of Petroleum Engineers, and serves on various nonprofit boards including Zanesville Rotary Club, GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation, and Muskingum Valley Miracle League.

 

Newark, OH: Licking Rural Electrification, Inc., (dba) The Energy Cooperative (TEC), recently completed construction of a new distribution substation in southwestern Licking County. The newly energized substation is known as the Hazelton substation and replaces TEC’s older Beechwood substation. The Hazelton substation, located on Hollow Road in Pataskala, was built to enhance service reliability and help meet the energy needs of the fast-growing area.

“We have witnessed rapid growth in western Licking County over the past decade,” said Todd Ware, president/CEO of TEC. “In addition to the recent construction of our Smith’s Mill substation in New Albany, the Hazelton substation is part of our long-term plan to address system reliability, substantial residential growth, and increased commercial capacity needs.”

Hazelton substation has 20 MVA of transformation capacity expandable to 40 MVA. The current 20 MVA capacity is equivalent to serving roughly 3,200 homes. The station is fed from a much more reliable 138 kV (138,000 Volt) transmission line. Hazelton substation will also be one of the first of TEC’s stations to have supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

“Helping to bring a project like this to completion is certainly rewarding,” said Gary Glover, VP/COO of Electric Operations for TEC. “All of the employees and line construction workers who contributed to the substation worked hard to do a good, safe job throughout the entire process. It’s nice to see this project succeed. We are all looking forward to the improvement to service reliability that our Hazelton substation will bring.”

All communications and outage maps will now refer to the area previously referred to as Beechwood as the Hazelton Substation.

Hazelton

Pictured is The Energy Cooperative’s Hazelton Substation in Licking County. 

Newark, Ohio: In August of 2016, The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up Foundation, Inc. awarded $38,742 to the following community groups in our service area:

  • Twin Oak Elementary (Mount Vernon) for a Brick Lab curriculum kit
  • Licking Township Fire Co. for 1 gas detector monitoring device
  • Fredericktown Primary School Art Department for iPads and cases
  • Perry Township Board of Trustees toward lighting fixtures for new township building
  • Hospice of Central Ohio for televisions for Selma Markowitz Center and laptop computers
  • Licking County ESC for projectors and SmartBoards for Phoenix Center
  • West Muskingum Local Schools Athletic Department for flooring for new athletic facility
  • Fostering Further for calculators for foster children
  • Franklin Township toward playground surface at Community Center
  • Granville Music Boosters toward purchase of box truck for equipment
  • Granville Senior Center toward push button automatic door openers
  • Boy Scout Troop 257 toward a trailer to haul equipment

The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up is a community service program of its member-owners. Members “round up” their utility bills to the next dollar and that amount is donated to groups in The Energy Cooperative’s 15 county service area who meet the funding guidelines. Since its inception, Operation Round Up has donated more than $2.35 million to our community. For more information on Operation Round Up. click here.

Members of The Energy Cooperative:

Several cooperative members who receive our electric service recently made us aware that they have been solicited by phone, and in-person, by organizations or individuals who claim to represent competing utility suppliers, with the objective of getting members to agree to switch their electric service to another provider.

The Energy Cooperative does not participate in retail choice – the ability to choose your electric supplier. Electric cooperatives are not-for-profit, member-owned, and locally governed utilities that for many years have benefited from the lowest cost of wholesale power generation in the state. Ohio’s electric cooperatives did not opt-in to electric industry restructuring 10 years ago. Cooperative leaders believed they were already offering affordable and reliable electricity. In addition, their non-profit status and patronage capital programs benefited owner-members in other ways.

While we cannot vouch for the legitimacy of the solicitors, please be assured that we appreciate, and value, your membership in The Energy Cooperative, and that we, in no way, endorse the solicitors. Please also be assured that we respect the confidentiality of your account, and that we have never, nor will we ever, provide your account information to outside parties.

In the event that you are contacted by an organization attempting to flip your electric service to another supplier, do not provide your account or other personal information to them, and immediately contact The Energy Cooperative at (800) 255-6815.

Thank you.