Stay safe during spring storms with a weather alert radio

An emergency weather radio can be a life saving piece of safety equipment in your home. Continuous local and regional weather information from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri is always available to you with a weather radio.

Door prize from Home & Garden Show awarded

Beth Wiggs of Alton, MO, was a winner of a Midland WR120 EZ emergency weather radio from Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative.

Winter storm status update

Officials at HOEC report that through this winter storm no power outages were reported. The original forecast by the National Weather Service was predicting the accumulation of ice coupled with high wind gusts, which typically will cause widespread power outages. This forecast prompted the Cooperative to put its emergency preparedness plan in place.

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.


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