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TVEC Returns $3.1 Million in Capital Credits

While the amount will vary, most members will see a credit on their December bill statement in the form of a capital credit refund.  The TVEC Board of Directors approved a total of $3.1 million in refunds to co-op members for 2016, including retirement of capital credits from 1988 and 1% of all other allocated but unretired capital credits.

“Because TVEC is member owned, they share in the earnings in excess of our cost of proving electric service,” said General Manager and CEO Jerry Boze.  “Each year these earnings are allocated to current and former members in proportion to the amount of electricity purchased.”

Capital Credit Graphic Vert 2016

As a non-profit entity, all money charged to members must be used for the purchase of wholesale electricity, maintaining and updating infrastructure, and operating expenses. Any excess funds are budgeted for future improvements or refunded to members as directed by the board.

If you have any questions about your capital credit refund, please contact your co-op staff at 800-766-9576.

Co-op Sees Record Attendance at Annual Meeting

Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting on November 10. A record crowd of over 500 members and guests were in attendance for the event.

While waiting for the meeting to commence, members were again entertained by video clips from the Grand Ole Opry.

TVEC Attorney John Mosley, serving as emcee for the evening, welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending.

Troops from Kaufman Cub Scout Pack 336 then carried out the duties of the posting of colors and led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.

Chairman of the Board Howard Tillison, officially called the meeting to order.

General Manager/CEO Jerry Boze then addressed the audience. He recognized the hard work of the co-op’s employees and board of directors and the services they provide to the membership. He then ran through a litany of services, programs and events offered by TVEC and gave a general “state of the co-op” presentation. Boze also announced the co-op will retire over $3 million in capital credits this year.

Boze recognized the help and support TVEC receives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and from Texas Electric Cooperative (TEC). He explained how NRECA looks out for the best interests of co-ops nationwide and TEC provides invaluable services on a state level. He also credited Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative (RCEC) for its services as TVEC’s wholesale power supplier.

Trey Rowe, of the co-op’s auditing firm, Bolinger, Seagars, Gilbert and Moss, provided the results of TVEC’s financial report for the year ending December 31, 2015. He stated TVEC was in excellent financial shape.

Rowe also presented the voting totals for the board election. Incumbent Jerry Priest was reelected to his seat in Board District 2. Priest received 877 votes, while Don Myzyk received 392, Robert Fair received 387 and Roy Don Rand received 385.

Howard Tillison of District 6 and David Lang of District 7 were both unopposed and reelected to their respective board seats. You can view complete election results as well as the auditor’s report and financials for the co-op here.

Following the meeting, over 100 prizes were raffled off including a flat screen TV and a $500 bill credit. 

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded November 2016

Previous Grants Awarded         Grants Awarded List

Forever Families - November 2016

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, (left) presents a TVEC Charitable Foundation grant check to June Groom with Forever Families in Kemp.
 

A converted nursing home facility houses Forever Families, a temporary home for moms and children in crisis. Each family is provided a private apartment and all the necessities of life while they complete a one-year restoration program.

Jefferson Street Boxing Club - November 2016

Grant Amount - $2,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Laura Melton (center) presents a TVEC Charitable Foundation grant check to Jeremy Melton (right) and Drew Peterson at the Jefferson Street Boxing Club in Kaufman.
 

The reach of Jefferson Street Boxing Club extends far beyond the ring, with an emphasis on personal development. Their primary mission is to be a youth program providing boxing instruction, bible study, and academic tutoring..

Forney Education Leadership Foundation - November 2016

Grant Amount - $2,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Laura Melton (right) presents a grant check to Forney ISD Superintendent Suzanne McWilliams from the TVEC Charitable Foundation.
 
 

The Forney Education Leadership Foundation provides support to Forney ISD education programs. Initiatives include grants to support innovative instructional programs which will positively impact Forney ISD students.

St. Therese Knights of Columbus - November 2016

Grant Amount - $500

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TVEC Energy Management Advisor Chris Walker (right) presents a grant check to Alan Stehsel of the St. Therese Knights of Columbus on behalf of the TVEC Charitable Foundation.
 

The Knights of Columbus in Van Zandt County provide many hours of volunteer labor, donate food and clothing to those in need and provide for scholarships to graduating high school students. The Knights also installed air conditioning units in the homes of area elderly residents.

Scam Alert

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS: A TVEC member has informed us of an attempted scam. She received a phone call from an individual claiming to be with ONCOR and demanding payment for a past due electric bill or her service would be cut off. Don't fall victim to this scam. TVEC WILL NEVER CALL AND DEMAND PAYMENT.

Back to School

TVEC public relations representatives were busy leading up to the first day of school. They attended convocation at seven of the school districts in the TVEC service area in order to show teachers and administrators the wide range of programs and opportunities offered by the co-op to students from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

TVEC employees presented information about electric safety programs as well as energy efficiency programs offered by the co-op. In addition, they provided teachers with information about Youth Tour, which gives students a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. They also reminded each district about TVEC’s annual career day.

Collectively, over 500 contacts were made throughout the school districts of Crandall, Athens, Kemp, Eustace, Forney, Malakoff and Neches. If you’d like further information about any of the aforementioned programs or opportunities, please contact us at 1-800-766-9576.

Power Town

TVEC recently presented its Power Town display to kids at Promiseland daycare in Kaufman and at the Terrell public library. Power Town is a table top display using small scale models of power lines, houses, trees and equipment to teach kids how to be safe around electricity. If you are interested in having the presentation to your group of kids, please contact us at 1-800-766-9576.

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2016 Board of Director Elections

July 1, 2016

Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative is currently accepting candidate forms for those members who are interested in seeking election to the Board of Directors. In 2016 Board District 2, currently represented by Jerry Priest; Board District 6, currently represented by Howard Tillison; and Board District 7, currently represented by David Lang are up for election. The 2016 Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, TX on November 10th.

For more Information regarding election of directors, please review the Board Candidacy Packet.

If you are interested in having your name placed before the Nominating Committee, you may contact Laura Melton at 972-932-2214 (ext. 2231) to request a Nomination Form and Board Candidacy Packet. The completed nomination form must be returned to our Kaufman office by 4:45 p.m. on August 1, 2016.

Board District Maps:

Board District 2

Board District 6

Board District 7

2016 Scholarships Awarded

Athens – Jesus  Romero - $500

              Jeremy Bateman - $500

              Paden Quade - $500

              Titana Johnson - $500

Brownsboro – Braden Womack - $1,000

                     Emily Millender - $1,000

Canton – Andrew Hamel - $500

              Erin Neusch - $500

              Justine Lewis - $500

              Kati Morris - $500

Cayuga – Madeline Jeffcoat - $1,000

               Haylee Smith - $1,000

Crandall – Brooke Barton - $500

                Kori Hancock - $500

                Rachel Dugan - $500

                Trent Dykema - $500

Crossroads – Bailey Bell – $1,000

                    Will Van Dusen - $1,000

Edgewood – Abigail Simmons - $500

                  Alexandra Arthur - $500

                  Armando Fernandez - $500

                  Leah Thompson - $500

Eustace – Ashley Purselley - $667

               Jordyn Costlow - $667

               Kasey Lopez - $667

Forney – John Melton - $500

              Colby Brown – $500

              Grayson Curry - $500

              Shelby Bagby - $500

Frankston – Bryson Bacon - $1,000

                  Dylan Hokit - $1,000

Kaufman – Ashleigh Andrus - $500

                 Erin Andrews - $500

                 Michael Campbell - $500

                 Sonora Hayes - $1,000

Kemp – Catherine Webb - $500

            Abigail Bell - $500

            Braxton Watters - $500

            Kimberly Gardner - $500

LaPoynor – Judson Riley - $665

                 Whitney Dees - $665

                 Bailee Sides - $665

Mabank – Kyle Vyers - $1,000

               Zane Koskelin - $1,000

Malakoff – Dylan Wilson - $2,000

Martin’s Mill – Andrew Davis - $400

                    Bailey Caldwell - $400

                    Erika Parker - $400

                    Jillian Jones - $400

                    July Latimer - $400

Neches – Jim Riley Snider - $1,000

              Destiny Harris - $1,000

Palestine – Jessica King- $1,000

                Sarah Singletary - $1,000

Scurry – Alex Tevanova - $1,000

             Talen Davis- Rentfro – $1,000

Terrell – Kevin Devora - $2,000

Wills Point – Nash Pendleton - $1,000

                  McKenzie  Leipply - $1,000

Westwood – Gage Tokarczyk - $1,000

                   Jamie Dugger - $1,000

April 11, 2016 - National Lineman Apprecation Day

America's Electric Cooperatives Designated the second Monday of April each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day. 

On April 11, 2016, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative honors the hardworking people who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association adopted this resolution:

"Whereas linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; whereas lineman are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents, and; whereas there would be no electric cooperative without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of linemen;

"Therefore be it resolved that the NRECA recognizes the second Monday of April of each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day...to recognize the contributions of these valuable men and women to America's electric cooperatives."

Co-ops everywhere proudly acknowledge all electric line-workers for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing and protect the public's safety.

"Electric lineworkers do not often receive the recognition they deserve," said Jerry Boze, TVEC general manager/CEO. "They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our linemen, as well, as linemen from across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition."

Trinity Valley EC invites members to take a moment and thank a lineman for the work they do.  If you use Twitter, you can use #ThankaLineman to show your support.  Or you can simply tell the next lineman you see how grateful you are for the men and women who power our lines.

TVEC 2016 Youth Tour Winners

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

This year's winners of the annual Government-in-Action Youth Tour contest are Haylee Smith and Laura Childress.  The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from electric cooperatives around the state.

Smith, a senior at Cayuga High School, is the daughter of TVEC members James and Christie Smith.  Childress, a junior homeschool student from Eustace, is the daughter of TVEC members Ben and Sherry Childress.The two will go to Washington D.C., in June and join hundreds of other students from around the nation for an experience they will never forget.

The Youth Tour is scheduled for June 8-17, 2016.  Smith and Childress will travel to Austin to begin the journey to Washington, D.C... They will tour the Governor's Mansion, the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum.  A little Texas history will be a taste of what awaits the students as they depart for Washington D.C. to join the other 1500 sutdents from across the United States.  In addition to taking in the sights and sounds around the nation's capitol, all of the state groups will convene for Rural Electric Youth Day and an evening of dinner and dancing.

To find out more about Youth Tour, please visit tvec.net.

 

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Fidelity Locations

Check Cashing Express #A, 722 E. Tyler St. Athens

Food Fast #51, 601 S. Prairieville St, Athens

Shoppers Stop #1, 615 N. Palestine St., Athens

Athens Quick Corporation, 510 S. Palestine, Athens

Y’s Hometown Foods, 14451 S Hwy 31E, Brownsboro

Super Stop 7, 515 S Hwy 31E, Chandler

Kroger #431, 325 E Spring, Palestine

Mr. Payroll #2, 1901 Crockett Road, Palestine

Mr. Payroll #3, 1009 W. Palestine St. Palestine

TVEC Retires $4.3 Million in Capital Credits

December 1, 2015

The TVEC Board of Directors has approved the retirement of more than $4.3 million in capital credits to its members.  The distribution represents outstanding patronage capital for the years 1987 and 2003.  By using a hybrid retirement method, both mid and long term members will be issued a capital credit.  In plain terms, capital credits are akin to dividends and are paid to members from year-end margins.  When TVEC members pay their electric bill, they are also investing in the co-op.  Capital credits are essentially their return on that investment.  They are paid out in direct proportion to the amount of electricity used by each member during the given years selected to be retired. For active members who were members during the years to be retired, bill credits will be issued during the month of December.  Checks will be mailed to those who are no longer TVEC members.  The retirement of capital credits is just one of the many benefits of being a co-op member.

Members Must Renew Ag Exemptions

If you are claiming a sales tax exemption on electricity used in the production of agricultural or timber operations, you must renew your exemption by December 31, 2015 through the Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. After renewing your exemption, bring a copy of the confirmation to any TVEC office. Otherwise, TVEC will be required to charge sales tax beginning on January 1, 2016.

There are several options for renewing your exemption certificate: online, by phone or by mail. Online renewal is the fastest, with the applicant receiving a confirmation number immediately. Those applying by phone will receive a confirmation letter by mail in five to seven days. Processing time for renewing by mail could take several weeks.

Those seeking a renewal can visit comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/agriculture/ for more information. The site also features a list of eligibility requirements.

Only one certificate is required for members with multiple qualifying meters. For more information, contact the comptroller’s office at comptroller.texas. gov/taxhelp or call 1-800-252-5555.  

Annual Meeting 2015

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.

While waiting for the meeting to commence, members were again entertained by video clips from the Grand Ole Opry.

TVEC Attorney John Mosley, serving as emcee for the evening, welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending.

Troops from Athens Boy Scout troop 343 then carried out the duties of the posting of colors and led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.

Board Secretary, Jo Ann Hanstrom, provided the determination of a required quorum and read the official notice of the annual meeting. Howard Tillison, Chairman, then officially called the meeting to order.

General Manager/CEO Jerry Boze then addressed the audience. He recognized the hard work of the co-op’s employees and board of directors and the services they provide to the membership. He then ran through a litany of services, programs and events offered by TVEC and gave a general “state of the co-op” presentation. Boze also announced the co-op will retire $4.3 million in capital credits this year.

Boze recognized the help and support TVEC receives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and from Texas Electric Cooperative (TEC). He explained how NRECA looks out for the best interests of co-ops nationwide and TEC provides invaluable services on a state level. He also credited Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative (RCEC) for its services as TVEC’s wholesale power supplier.

Trey Rowe, of the co-op’s auditing firm, Bolinger, Seagars, Gilbert and Moss, provided the results of TVEC’s financial report for the year ending December 31, 2014. He stated TVEC was in excellent financial shape. 

Rowe also presented the voting totals for the board election. Paul Weatherford (District 3) ran unopposed and received 2043 votes. Weatherford, in turn, was elected to another 3-year term. 

You can view the auditor’s report, financials and complete election results here.

Following the meeting, over 100 prizes were raffled off including a flat screen TV and a $500 bill credit.

 

2015 Director Election Nominating Committee Report

In accordance with the bylaws of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., the TVEC Board of Directors appointed a Committee on Nominations at its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 18th.

Also in accordance with the bylaws, the Committee on Nominations, duly appointed by the Board of Directors of the Cooperative, met at the Cooperative’s Athens office on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

The Nominating Committee consisted of:

District 1 - Dave Bigley, Ken Roberts

District 2 - Chuck Cade

District 3 - Maxie Turner, Foy Kirkland

District 4 - Dorene Watts, Ralph Fortner

District 5 - David Cadden, Ben Childress

District 6 - James McGehee, Jennifer Burns

District 7 - Marvin Holcomb

The Nominating Committee received one Nomination Form for director of District 3 which is up for election this year. The Nominating Committee submitted the following name as a candidate to be placed on the ballot for Board District 3 – Paul Weatherford.

Notice of this year’s Board Election was published in the July 2015 issue of the Texas Co-op Power magazine. 

Click here for the official Nominating Committee Report.

Avoid High Bills During High Temps

After benefiting from record-setting spring rains and relatively mild temperatures for quite some time, summer has finally caught up to us. And those summer temperatures will have a major effect on your energy usage and electric bill. In fact, the Department of Energy states 40 to 50 percent of the energy used in the average American home is from heating/cooling.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average monthly electricity consumption for a home in Texas is 1174 kWh. Of course, most of us are not “average”. Your usage will vary greatly from this figure depending on a number of factors.

Weather: Typically, no other factor will have a greater impact on your electricity usage than the weather. With summer temperatures rising, your home’s air conditioning unit has to work overtime to keep you cool. Humidity also plays a huge role in total usage. AC units are designed to extract moisture from the air, so the higher the relative humidity, the harder the unit has to work. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends setting your home’s thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer. Every degree below will equate to about a two percent increase in your usage.

Size of Home: The EIA also reports that the average Texas home is 1757 square feet. It stands to reason, the more square footage your air conditioning unit has to cool, the more energy it will consume to do so. If you have a large home, make sure you have the proper sized equipment necessary to cool the entire residence.

Insulation: A properly insulated home is one of the best defenses against the heat of summer – and the cold of winter as well. New homes are more likely to be well insulated. The insulation in older home will compress over time and reduce its R-value (thermal resistance) Poorly insulated homes will use far more electricity than those that are properly insulated. The DOE has specific recommendations for the R-value of insulation in different areas of your home. We can help identify potential problems with your home’s insulation when we perform an energy audit. Call us today to schedule an audit.

Windows: Another culprit of high usage could be your windows. When temperatures are high, your air conditioning unit has to work harder to cool the hot air coming in your house through your windows. The DOE recommends installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified windows. Also, use curtains and blinds to help block the heat. And don’t forget to make sure the areas around your window (and doors) are properly sealed.

Air Filters: One of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to fight the summer heat is to make sure your air conditioner’s filter is clean. Change the filter(s) once a month to insure they aren’t working against you. A clean filter works 5-15 percent more efficiently than a dirty one.

Winter 2014-15 Billing Analysis and Review

In February and March of 2015, TVEC received a number of inquiries from members expressing concern over higher than expected electric bills this past winter. In response, the TVEC Board of Directors directed Management to secure third party services for a comprehensive review and analysis of TVEC’s billing and metering practices.

 TVEC Management secured the services of Guernsey, an engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to perform the review and analysis. A copy of the full report is available at the following link: Billing Analysis and Review.

Scholarships Awarded

TVEC has a long standing tradition of providing scholarships to area students. It is an investment in the future success of the students who receive the scholarships. Most recently, $46,000 was awarded to 58 high school students representing the 23 high schools within the TVEC service area.

The scholarship program at TVEC is just one of many ways we adhere to Cooperative Principle No. 7, which is to work for the sustainable development of the communities we serve.

Funding for the scholarships comes from unclaimed capital credits payments returned to TVEC from the State of Texas. 

Each school is responsible for setting application deadlines and selecting scholarship recipients.

2015 TVEC Scholarship Award Roster

Athens - Patrick Moore, Victoria McDonald, Garrett Lawyer, Haley Durden

Brownsboro - Shelby Womack

Canton - Madison Walker, Zachary Morgan, Riley Morgan, Casi Lide

Cayuga- Amanda Holden, Courtney Wilkins

Crandall - Emily Oppermann, Sandy Tang, Coburn Thomas, Devin Killen

Crossroads - Kourtney Hazelip

Edgewood - Jenna Harper, Bailey Cates, Phebe Foster

Elkhart - Casey Lane

Eustace - Taylor Peebles, Brandon Hall, Grace Holcombe, Noa Taylor

Forney - Charles "Cameron" Balce, Bailey Thompson, Hannah Bagley, Sierra Bradbury

Frankston - Mao Pechrodeth, Lauren Fleming

Kaufman - Alfred Hurtado, Ronnie Knight, Brinden Peek, David Yescas

Kemp - Quanae Miller, Jayci Yakesch

LaPoynor - Brianna Bishop, Jenny Warren, Justin Nichols

Mabank - Isaac Colton Conway, Gabrielle Duncan, Jordan Story

Malakoff - Rawling Dixon

Martin's Mill - Cheyenne Brown, Dylan Weatherford, Sydney Bartlett, Lindsey Lucking

Neches - Paul Macmillan

Palestine - Brittany Collins, Morgan Whitfield

Scurry - Ryan Chandler, Rebecca Talasek

Terrell - Alejandra Guzman, Andreah B. Meador

Wills Point - Stephen Magee, Shelby Rotenberry

Westwood- Jonell Morrow, Marissa Paige Till

Levelize Your Monthly Bill

Many of us know exactly how much money to budget each month for car payments, mortgage payments and even insurance payment. The financial challenge many members face each month is not knowing how much to budget for their electric bills, especially when the weather fluctuates so often in Texas.

For TVEC members there is an easy solution: levelized billing. Members can take the guesswork out of how much to budget for their electric bill each month by signing up for this simple and easy billing plan.

Participating members will have the last 12 months of their electric bills averaged. That average number will become their monthly payment. For instance, your current bill will be averaged using the previous 11 months bills in addition to the current month's billing. Keep in mind the amount due may fluctuate depending on your kWh usage. It’s that simple.

The levelized billing plan is available for residential members of TVEC who meet the following requirements.

Must be a member for at least twelve months

Must have a zero balance

Must have a good payment history

If a levelized billing plan sounds like a option that would benefit you and your budgeting needs, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-766-9576.

Life Savers

During the Texas Electric Cooperatives annual Loss Control Conference, held on March 19, several TVEC employees were honored with awards in recognition of their willingness to assist and aid others.

Heath Baldwin, Billy Sherrell, Ed Conner, John Weaver, Cari Smith, Renee Nugent and Mandy Read were each presented a Life Saving Award from the TEC Loss Control Program. 

The statewide award was given for their efforts in three separate events in which they were able to offer potentially lifesaving aid to individuals in need.

Baldwin and Sherrell administered aid to a TVEC member. The two co-op employees were scheduled to meet with the member on a Saturday. When they arrived, they discovered the member had fallen from a ladder while trimming trees. He was in a remote location on his own property and had suffered severe injuries.

“Things happen for a reason,” said Sherrell of the events that day. “There was a reason why we needed to be there on a Saturday.”

Baldwin and Sherrell called 911 and were able to quickly direct paramedics to their location.

Conner and Weaver were the first two individuals on the scene of a traffic accident. They were able to pull an individual involved in the accident from his overturned truck and administer first aid treatment until further help arrived.

“You don’t think about it,” said Conner. “When something like that happens, you just go do what you’ve got to do.”

Smith, Nugent and Read all helped to provide first aid treatment to a TVEC member who collapsed in the lobby of the Kaufman office.

“He was just so thankful that we were able to give him assistance that day,” said Nugent. “I guess that’s how we all are here at Trinity Valley; we’re like a family, and we treat our members the same way.”

Employees of TVEC receive training in basic first aid and are educated in how to respond in a variety of situations. Regular safety meetings are conducted to prevent accidents and also to prepare employees how to respond in the event of an emergency.

“Its always gratifying to know that the training and education offered to our employees has a real-world effect,” said TVEC Manager of Safety & Loss Control Steve Estes. “These are great examples that everywhere we go, there is a possibility that there may be an emergency situation and our people are there and able to respond if needed.