By Zac Perkins, CEO
When you think about TCEC, you probably associate us with the local community. And you would be right. Our leadership team, board of trustees and employees all live and work right here in the community we serve. But you may not realize that TCEC is part of a much larger cooperative network that brings additional value, tools and knowledge that benefit you, the members of the co-op.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
When a severe weather event is predicted for our region, we call on our sister co-ops in areas unaffected by the approaching storm. Through this system of mutual aid, we coordinate with other co-ops to bring additional trucks, equipment and manpower to our area. We work together and share resources in order to restore power to our community. TCEC reciprocates by assisting other electric co-ops when they request help.
A defining characteristic of a cooperative is the universal principle of “Cooperation Among Cooperatives.” This is a way that co-ops work together to meet bigger challenges such as power restoration after a severe weather event.
Another area in which TCEC benefits from cooperation among cooperatives is cybersecurity. Through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) “Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities Program” (RC3), we access training, resources and tools to strengthen our efforts to combat cyber threats.
TCEC’s ability to tap into the larger electric cooperative network and access tools, products, resources and leading practices from across the nation ultimately makes our co-op and our community stronger.
Communities across the globe have benefitted from the lessons learned and experience of co-ops in electrification of rural areas in the U.S.
NRECA International has provided access to reliable and affordable electricity to 120 million people in 43 countries. This effort is made possible through the support of electric co-ops across the country.
Hundreds of lineworkers, engineers and other co-op employees have served as volunteers to bring first-time access to electricity and train local partners to help utilities be sustainable in their own communities.
Electric cooperatives are not the only type of co-op we work with. The popular Pumpkins at the Park event in Guymon is successful only through the shared efforts of PTCI and TCEC. We also join with PTCI to make contributions to the community such as our annual donation to the Texas County Family YMCA.
November is a time of year for reflection and giving thanks. I am grateful for our sister co-ops who enable us to better serve you and our broader community. When electric co-ops collaborate, we strengthen each other and the communities we serve – and that is something in which to be truly thankful. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.