HOEC making preparations for coming winter storm

The National Weather Service in Springfield is forecasting a winter storm to cover our area beginning as early as Friday February 28th, and continuing through Monday, March 3rd. The storm is predicted to bring a wintry mix of precipitation throughout the time period with a slow transition to snow. This is the type of storm that can produce icing on power lines.

High winds February 20th caused outages and damage

After a wind storm Thursday, February 20th, HOEC officials reported 1,192 cooperative members were without power over a widespread area. Outages were reported in Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark and Shannon counties. A total of 5 power poles were lost in the storm.

Warning: new email scam targets utility customers

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative officials, along with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, report that a nationwide email scam is targeting utility customers, including electric cooperative members, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected web site.

Straight talk Q&A on the EPA proposal

Q: What exactly is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doing?
A: EPA is using the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants through new regulations utilities will have to meet. The regulations are so stringent they will effectively end the use of coal for electricity generation.

New peak usage level set January 7th

On the morning of January 7, 2014, a new peak level of electricity usage was set by Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative members. Near historic low temperatures were recorded in the HOEC service area over a two day period January 6th and 7th.

Monday morning outage due to substation issue

Officials at Sho-Me Power Cooperative, Marshfield, Missouri report that starting at 2:15 a.m. Monday morning a substation in West Plains was without power until about 5:45 a.m. Sho-Me Power technicians were able to get power restored in just over three hours.

HOEC to share efficiency tips at Home and Garden Show in March

The Southern Missouri Home Builders Association (SMHBA) will host the twenty-second annual Home and Garden Show on March 1st and 2nd, 2014 at the West Plains Civic Center.

HOEC will be there to share ideas on how to build more energy-efficient homes and to bring members up to date on all of the latest energy efficiency incentives available from the Cooperative.

Affordable power at risk; EPA may propose unattainable policy

Seventy-five years ago, Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative began delivering affordable electricity to rural patrons in south-central Missouri as part of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. Today, affordable power in America is being threatened by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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