Current Issue - February 2018
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAYINGS ALWAYS HAS BEEN, “THOSE WHO do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet sometimes, remembering our history with the goal of repeating it—and improving on it—can be a good thing.
August - 2017
SOME OF US ARE OLD ENOUGH to remember when penny candy actually cost a penny. But what does a penny buy these days?
July - 2017
While many urban Americans enjoyed the comforts of household electricity in the early 1930s, much of the United States had not yet experienced this luxury.
June - 2017
April 29 will be a day folks in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties will remember forever with multliple tornados ripping across our communities ...
May - 2017
This month, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety ...
April - 2017
WE TAKE TIME EVERY YEAR to thank the extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their
lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities...
March - 2017
Historically, electrification of the large rural swaths of the United States is one of the great triumphs of the 20th century.
Feb - 2017
When the lights go out, some folks wonder why it takes Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative so long to turn them back on. Isn’t it as easy as a fl ip of a switch?
Jan - 2017
TVEC held its annual meeting on November 10. A record crowd of more than 500 members and guests were in attendance for the event.
As some of you might know, cooperatives across the globe adhere to Seven Cooperative Principles that guide all of our decisions—from how we run the co-op to how we engage with our local communities.
IMAGINE SEEING A CLASSIFIED AD for a job that read like this: “Lineworker Wanted: Long and unpredictable hours, hazardous working conditions. Requires some weekend and holiday work. Must be able to learn complex technical operations, work under extreme pressure and deal with people under dicult conditions—all with a smile.”
Your vote is important. Your vote is the determining factor in meeting a required quorum at the annual meeting. Meeting the quorum is necessary for the co-op to conduct its business. So please take the time to check your ballot and vote.
THE UNIQUENESS OF THE electric cooperative model as a service organization speaks to its eectiveness and vitality. One of the amazing facts about electric co-ops is that they have operated in the United States for more than 80 years, and during that time the basic model hasn’t changed.
AUGUST IS BACK-TO-SCHOOL SAFETY MONTH. For parents, back-to-school time across Texas is a bittersweet reminder of the passage of time as we watch our children grow and become increasingly independent. It’s also a time when we think about their safety.
SONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE FEATURES of cooperatives is that instead of answering the popular question, “What’s in it for me?” we answer a different question: “What’s in it for we?”
SUMMER IS HERE, SCHOOL IS OUT and families are gearing up for a few months of fun and relaxation. Although summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that TVEC is ready to respond.
TVEC Meter Reader Dallas McCullough and Member Relations Specialist Kim Pochobradsky were each honored recently at the Texas Electric Cooperatives Annual Loss Control Conference for their heroic eorts in separate events last year.
AMERICA’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES DESIGNATED the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
IN 2012, THE NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION, the trade association representing approximately 900 electric cooperatives in 47 states, released a report titled, “The Electric Cooperative Purpose: A Compass for the 21st Century.”
WE ALL WANT THE BEST FOR THE people in our lives—our family, friends, community and others. At TVEC, that includes you, our members.
LAST WINTER BROUGHT UNPLEASANT WEATHER extremes to Texas. Our part of the state saw temperatures drop well below normal, and many others experienced storms that tested the endurance of co-op sta and members alike. Nearly every home in Co-op Country was forced to run its heating system longer and harder than usual—and nearly everyone saw unwelcome higher bills as a result.
TRINITY VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE HELD ITS ANNUAL MEETING on November 5. Despite the poor weather a very large crowd was in attendance for the event.
HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED a notifi cation from us folks here at TVEC informing you of a planned outage? You may have wondered, “What is a planned outage?” and “Why does my electric co-op need to schedule an outage?”
I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY to personally invite you to this year’s annual membership meeting. The annual meeting gives us the opportunity to personally greet and meet with a large number of TVEC members and get to know them better.
SO HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR DAY? Chances are, cooperatives were a big part of it from dawn until bedtime. Take a moment to read this quick overview of how co-ops might be impacting you every day.
ALL COOPERATIVE BUSINESSES around the world operate in accordance with the Seven Cooperative Principles.
RESEARCHERS PREDICT THAT TROPICAL STORM activity for the Atlantic hurricane season will be well below average in 2015. Still, TVEC members should take precautions to prepare for the season, which officially runs June 1 through November 30.
COOPERATIVES ARE DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES. The differences start with values. At TVEC—and co-ops across the globe—we value our members rather than profits. We value the communities we serve rather than investors in faraway places. And we place a huge value on our employees and their families.
DURING THE TEXAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES annual Loss Control Conference, held March 19 in Arlington, Texas, several TVEC employees were honored with awards in recognition of their willingness to assist and aid others.
AMERICA’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES DESIGNATED the second Monday of April each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day. On April 13, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative honors the hardworking people who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.
LATELY WE’VE BEEN HEARING disturbing stories about employees from diferent cooperatives being threatened when they come onto members’ property to do work. Residents have even pointed guns at co-op employees—sometimes when the crews were there only to restore power after an outage. We
The derecho that swept hurricane-force winds from the Great Plains to the Atlantic seaboard knocked out power to more than 4 million people in summer 2012. The damage caused by this devastating storm cost the nation $2.9 billion.
THE GOVERNMENT-IN-ACTION YOUTH TOUR just turned 50! And oh, what a tour it’s been. “I love this trip. Every year is a new adventure,” says Esther Dominguez, the Texas delegation’s statewide Youth Tour coordinator.
Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on October 30. A record-setting crowd was in attendance for the event.
One of my favorite bumper stickers reads: “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” We purposely educate children from an early age while their young minds are still dry sponges, ready and willing to absorb so much. We should all be thankful for the people who’ve taught us over the years, and we should endeavor to pass on our knowledge to future generations—including our knowledge about the cooperative way of life.
The time is here for this year’s annual membership meeting. Though we communicate with the membership throughout the year via Texas Co-op Power, tvec.net, Facebook and other means, this meeting provides your board of directors and employees the opportunity to greet and meet those folks who we work for and represent. For over 75 years the cooperative has provided electric service to its members. The principles that electric cooperatives
As we near the end of summer and ease into the more relenting temperatures of fall, here at TVEC we are preparing for this year’s annual meeting. In fact, we’ve been planning the meeting for some time now and we hope you will plan to join us. It will be held at the Cain Center in Athens, on October 30, with registration beginning at 6 p.m.
Electricity is a dynamic power source. We live our lives surrounded by it, but sometimes we forget just how dangerous electricity can be. Many home electrical fires, injuries and electrocutions can be prevented when we understand and practice electrical safety. This is especially true when it comes to children.
Have you ever opened your mailbox and wondered, “Why am I getting this magazine?”
Ever wonder about the people who go out during stormy weather to restore your electric power when it goes off? I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little something about your co-op employees, the fine folks I have the privilege of working with both inside and outside the office.
Every May, we celebrate Electrical Safety Month. It’s a time when we place a spotlight on ways we keep you, our members, safe.
They wake before the sun, pour steaming cups of coffee and kiss their families goodbye. After swinging by the office to get the day’s orders, they climb into their trucks and head out. Linemen form a solid team with one job: Deliver safe,reliable electricity. But that job can change in a million ways when rough weather sets in.
Spring gives us a chance to thaw out after a chilly winter. I take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring cleaning and yard work. But the seasonal shift isn’t all good news. The rapid change from harsh, cold air to warmer temperatures can trigger severe weather. To protect our lines and keep power flowing safely to your home, TVEC maintains our rights-of-way. Think of it as spring cleaning for power lines.
Several months ago, a piece of speculative fiction was shown on cable television depicting events that could happen should an electricity grid failure cause a national blackout.
You’ve probably heard the saying “there’s power in numbers.” I have to agree. Cooperation is a key word for electric cooperatives and a concept vital to our form of business.
Occasionally in these pages of Texas Co-op Power, you’ll see a reference to “the cooperative difference,” and although the idea is clear to me, you may wonder what exactly that means. On the surface, it might be difficult to perceive what makes an electric co-op difference than another type of business, especially for the person who pays the bills.
November, as you undoubtedly know, is a month in which Americans give thanks.
I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to this year’s annual membership meeting. The annual meeting gives us the opportunity to personally greet and meet with a large number of TVEC members and get to know them better.
Each September, we celebrate Labor Day, a national tribute to the contributions American workers make to the strength and prosperity of our country.
When the Texas heat bears down, there’s one appliance that rides to the rescue: your air conditioner. The widespread residential use of air conditioning is a relatively modern development. But today, I can’t imagine life without it.
As the United States celebrates its 237th birthday on July 4, TVEC is observing its 75th anniversary. That’s just a fraction of the age of our nation, but over time, I think this and the nation’s more than 900 fellow electric co-ops have greatly enhanced the quality of life of Americans of all stripes.
Like most summers in Texas, this year promises its share of hot days. Are you prepared for what could lie ahead? The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, controls the electric grid that serves 85 percent of the state’s load, including TVEC. The ERCOT system acts as kind of a traffic cop, working to ensure that the entire grid has enough power to meet demand.
One of the great things about the modern American electric grid is that power almost always flows when we need it. Given our dependence on electricity, it’s understandable why portable generators are popular when the power goes out and stays out for a while.
Energy efficiency isn’t a new concept for electric co-ops. Nationally, we’re known as leaders in helping our members better manage their electric use. TVEC is no exception. We offer free energy audits, energy-efficiency education programs and online services and tools to help save you money and our planet
With spring upon us, thoughts turn to warmer days ahead. And, given the long dry spell we Texans have endured, we’re hopeful wetter days are coming. What a great blessing it would be for our area to receive the much-needed rain; however, rain is usually accompanied by strong storms during the turning of the seasons.
This month, you’re receiving a copy of Texas Co-op Power in your mailbox. Are you wondering, “Why am I getting this magazine?” Trinity Valley Electric, and other coops across the state, use the magazine to communicate valuable and informative information to their respective members.
The certificate of incorporation for Kaufman County Electric Cooperative was issued on January 5, 1938. The certificate gave a green light to begin the process of bringing electricity to the rural areas of Kaufman County.
For less than $1 a month, you can make a difference in someone’s life. It may seem like small change, and it is, but when you multiply that by the thousands of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative members who will be participating in Operation Round Up®, it makes a big difference. Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives that is designed to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations and community projects such as volunteer fire departments, children’s shelters, food banks and many other special causes.
Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on October 11. Over 200 members were in attendance for the event. Prior to the meeting, information on energy efficiency, AMI, the Co-op Connections Card and electrical safety was available at booths set up and manned by co-op employees.
As we approach our annual meeting, we all have moments when we reflect on events in our lives that bring a smile to our face. In my case, it may be a little league game from years ago, seeing the all-time great New York Yankee manager Casey Stengel in person or a trip to Six Flags over Texas the first year it opened.
August - 2012
Cooperative businesses are unique because they are owned by the members they serve. More than 100 million people are members of 47,000 U.S. cooperatives, enabling members to secure a wide array of goods and services such as health care, insurance, housing, food, heating fuel, hardware, credit unions, child care or utility service.
July - 2012
Scorching temperatures and high electric bills don’t need to arrive hand in hand this summer. At TVEC we are committed to providing you with not only safe and reliable electric service, but also with information you need to save energy, and keep electric bills affordable, when the heat is on.
June - 2012
As a result of falling natural gas prices, TVEC has been able to lower the power cost recovery factor (PCRF), and in turn, members are seeing lower electric bills.
May - 2012
Every May we celebrate Electrical Safety Month. It's a time when we place a spotlight on ways we keep you, our member, safe.
April - 2012
2012 Rural Electric Youth Tour Winners Announced.
March - 2012
One of the best things you can do if you have high electric bills is check the insulation.
February - 2012
Due to necessary upgrades to our billing software, TVEC will be adding one digit to your account number The change will take place on March 1, 2012.
November - 2011
Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on October 13. Over 200 members were in attendance for the event.
Annual Meeting Notice - 2011
It's annual meeting time again; a time the directors and employees of your cooperative look forward to each year. The purpose of the annual meeting is to elect directors, provide reports covering the previous fiscal year, transact such other business as needed and present the General Manager/CEO Report.
August - 2011
When you're on a road trip, chances are your vehicle gets better gas mileage when you drive at a steady speed. Stomping on the accelerator burns gas more quickly than traveling at a measured pace.
July - 2011
The concept of harnessing the wind to do work is nothing new in this part of the country. For decades, farmers and ranchers have used windmills to pump underground water to the surface. The wind power you might see these days is used to power motors that generate electricity.
June - 2011
Each year, TVEC is proud to award scholarship funds to students attending area public high schools. This year TVEC awarded 51 scholarships to students attending the 23 high schools in the co-op's service area. This year, each school received $2000.
May - 2011
Would you risk being hit by lightning for $100? Seems a bit ludicrous, but desperate times cause folks to do foolish things. Thefts of copper, aluminum and bronze are on the rise at abandoned commercial buildings, empty homes, and—most dangerously—at power substations near neighborhoods. We need your help to keep our equipment safe, prevent outages and save lives.
April - 2011
As your electric cooperative, it’s important for Trinity Valley Electric to provide its member-owners with safe, reliable power. Yet our service goes beyond the wires. It’s also important that we offer additional value that has an enormously positive impact on everyone in the community. And as a Touchstone Energy® co-op, we strive to meet that goal on a daily basis.
March - 2011
Texans will likely remember the first part of February for an unusually powerful winter storm that brought another rare occurrence: rolling blackouts that affected our members and many other electricity consumers across the state. Rolling blackouts, in which power is temporarily shut off to segments of the electric grid to reduce demand, were deemed necessary by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to prevent overload that could have completely shut down the electric grid, or power delivery system. ERCOT is the agency responsible for operating the electric grid that serves about 85 percent of the state, including Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative.