The latest TEC news and updates
February 2, 2017
Texas Co-op Power Digital Bridge To Offer Local Content Online
Since 1944, Texas Co-op Power has delivered the best of energy news and stories on Texas culture to electric cooperative members. Today, digital media present an opportunity to reach beyond the million-plus readers who receive co-ops' local print publication in their mailboxes....
February 1, 2017
TEC Publishes Report on Capital Credits Strategies
The total money that electric cooperatives escheated to the state increased by almost 300 percent from 2011 to 2016; meanwhile, a changing member demographic often does not understand the value of cooperative membership.
An effective capital credits policy can help address those issues by ...
January 20, 2017
TEC Managers and Directors Conference Highlights
Forty-six members attended TEC's 44th annual Managers Conference held Dec. 7–9, 2016, and 167 united at the 17th annual Directors Conference on Jan. 16–18. Programming included board leadership classes, industry updates and networking opportunities.
Jody Severson, an instructor for the...
December 5, 2016
Co-ops Explore Service and Change at TEC Member Services Conference
Increasing competition, the shift to digital platforms and declining rural populations present challenges for electric cooperatives. The Texas Electric Cooperative Member Services Conference, Oct. 25–28, 2016, brought 151 participants together to explore ways to turn those challenges into ...
November 16, 2016
Texas Electric Cooperatives Partners With Sooner Meter Sales and Services
To offer full-service electric meter testing and advanced metering infrastructure deployment, Texas Electric Cooperatives recently partnered with Sooner Meter Sales, a utility service organization with more than 20 years of meter installation, testing and sales experience.
"This alliance ...
November 10, 2016
TEC Stands Watch on Safety
Safety isn't seasonal. Therefore, Texas Electric Cooperatives' safety newsletter, Safety Season, is transforming into Safety Watch in February 2017 to coincide with more frequent releases.
"Safety is the mantra at co-ops and in TEC's Loss Control program," said Tom ...
November 1, 2016
Nueces EC Hosts Its First TEC Loss Control School
Texas Electric Cooperatives and Nueces Electric Cooperative teamed up to hold the first TEC Loss Control school at the co-op's Robstown training field in October.
The South Texas field provides a training location in an area of the state that had not been served before.
November 1, 2016
TEC Adds Warehouse Alliance Member
To better manage its warehouse inventory, Coleman County Electric Cooperative joined the Texas Electric Cooperatives Vendor-Managed Inventory Alliance, effective January 2017.
"We went with TEC to be able to control our inventory in a more efficient manner and to fully utilize the services...
October 31, 2016
TEC Introduces Lineman Recruitment Toolkit
One hundred fourteen lineman jobs will open at 45 Texas electric cooperatives by 2020 as linemen retire, according to a Texas Electric Cooperatives survey conducted in January 2015.
To help co-ops find and enlist the next generation of linemen, TEC created the Lineman Recruitment Toolkit, ...
September 16, 2016
Texas Co-op Power Scores Four Willies Awards
The National Electric Cooperative Statewide Editors Association represents 32 statewide electric co-op publications around the United States, and each year the association honors the best writing, photography and design with Willies awards, named for Willie Wiredhand.
The organization ...
August 29, 2016
Texas Hosts National Conference on Safety
Texas Electric Cooperatives and Sam Houston Electric Cooperative hosted the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association annual conference Aug. 21–24 in San Antonio. NUTSEA, organized in the early 1940s as part of the Rural Electrification Administration, promotes safety and job ...
August 26, 2016
Beautiful People, Breathtaking Sights on Youth Tour
One hundred twenty-seven students and 16 chaperones from 57 Texas electric cooperatives returned in June from Texas' Government-in-Action Youth Tour after 10 days, a 3,000-mile round-trip flight from Austin to Washington, D.C., 45-plus destinations, more than 20 visits to U.S. Congressional ...
August 8, 2016
Co-op Family Leans on Network
What started out as a theme in Texas Electric Cooperative President/CEO Mike Williams' address to hundreds of co-op leaders became a refrain that echoed among speakers for four days: Electric cooperatives form a family that can accomplish more when its members work together.
"We are ...
July 18, 2016
Lineman's Rodeo Strengthens Skills, Bonds
Hundreds of electric linemen converged in Seguin before sunup July 16 to ready themselves and their gear to compete in the 20th annual Texas Lineman's Rodeo. The competitors, supported by their family and friends, began a quest to determine who among them are the best linemen.
There's a ...
June 1, 2016
TEC Publishes Second Annual Your Tour Magazine
In June, Texas Electric Cooperatives published the second annual edition of Your Tour magazine to correspond with the Government-in-Action Youth Tour—a 50-year-old program sponsored by electric cooperative that sends youngsters from Texas and all over the U.S. to the nation's ...
June 1, 2016
TEC Spring Conference Roundup
Texas Electric Cooperatives hosted three conferences in a month, bolstering the educations and skills of electric cooperative personnel who specialize in accounting, human resources and administration.
Bob Beam's session, Top 10 Audit Mistakes and How To Avoid Them, was offered to the 115 ...
May 6, 2016
Texas Co-ops Represented at NRECA Legislative Conference
Electric cooperative leaders from Texas traveled to the nation's capital May 1–4 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference. They joined representatives from Texas Electric Cooperatives and others from across the country to advocate on a variety of issues for...
May 2, 2016
TEC Debuts School for Dispatchers
In response to association members' requests, Texas Electric Cooperatives introduced a Dispatcher School in April at Houston County EC in Crockett. The four-day training course addresses the basic principles of dispatcher duties and responsibilities. Seventeen students attended the first class, ...
May 2, 2016
TEC Hosts 70th Annual Loss Control Conference
Safety became a mantra for the 405 linemen, managers and safety specialists gathered for the 70th annual Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control Conference in San Marcos, March 30–April 1.
"The biggest deal is: Don't get complacent," said first-time attendee Cramer Basham, a CoServ ...
April 8, 2016
TEC Board Visits With Texas Comptroller
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar discussed the Texas economy and government revenue when he spoke to the Texas Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors on April 6 at the regular board meeting.
The primary duties of the comptroller, an elected position, are to collect tax ...
February 9, 2016
TEC Publishes Annual Directory
Texas Electric Cooperatives recently published the 2016 Directory, and the book became available in mid-January. The annual directory has been a resource for industry professionals for decades.
The nearly 250-page reference manual includes contact and statistical information about TEC ...
December 7, 2015
Notable Quotes From the TEC Managers Conference
Fifty-two co-op managers converged December 2–4 in San Antonio for the 43rd Annual Texas Electric Cooperatives Managers Conference to discuss issues important to electric cooperatives, including solar power, battery storage and social media. Participants also heard updates from TEC's ...
November 2, 2015
Member Services Conference Reminds Co-ops of Cooperation
Electric cooperatives in Texas have for decades dealt with weather, regulation and competition hurdles, but with the rise of new technology and an era of increasingly hyperconnected members, the challenges faced by member services staff are greater than ever.
That was the message Texas ...
October 29, 2015
TEC To Publish Third Cookbook
In December, TEC plans to publish The Best of Typically Texas Cookbook, which combines recipes from two previously published TEC cookbooks from decades past: Typically Texas Cookbook and The Second Typically Texas Cookbook.
The hardcover book is expected to be ...
October 29, 2015
TEC Adds CCA-ET Poles
The Manufacturing Division of Texas Electric Cooperatives plans to begin producing CCA-ET utility poles in November, in addition to creosote and straight CCA poles.
CCA-ET poles are pressure treated with chromated copper arsenate, CCA, and an emulsion treatment, ET, is applied to the outer...
October 1, 2015
TEC Solar Immersion Training Shines Light on Industry
Texas Electric Cooperatives hosted Medina EC directors and key staff during an all-day TEC training event Sept. 9 in San Antonio to share insight into the solar industry and its potential effects on the co-op and its members.
TEC developed the training at the request of Medina EC CEO Mark ...
September 1, 2015
Co-ops Let Power and Light Shine Through at TEC 75th Annual Meeting
Co-op representatives shined a light on the power of coming together at the Texas Electric Cooperatives 75th Annual Meeting Aug. 2–5 in Austin.
"I think anniversaries are important, and I think relationships are important," said TEC President/CEO Mike Williams.
August 11, 2015
Musician Puts Co-op Story Into Song
Musician and singer-songwriter Darden Smith shined a light on the power of electric cooperatives coming together at the TEC 75th Annual Meeting in Austin, Aug. 2–5, when he listened to the cooperative story and put it into song.
"I think everyone has a story," said Smith, the Texas ...
July 15, 2015
TEC To Host 75th Annual Meeting in Austin
Texas Electric Cooperatives invites the staff and directors of its member cooperatives to commemorate their statewide association's 75th anniversary at the 2015 TEC Annual Meeting in Austin, Aug. 2–5.
Participants can learn, network and celebrate in style at the Renaissance Austin Hotel ...
June 22, 2015
TEC Conference Brings IT
Texas Electric Cooperative's ninth annual Information Technology Conference delivered educational content and networking opportunities to a record number of IT professionals and vendors in attendance from across the state.
"We continue to build momentum every year, and this year was no ...
June 15, 2015
TEC and Employee Recognized for Community Service
By day, Jose Oranday is a warehouseman at the Texas Electric Cooperatives warehouse in Dilley. He is also a volunteer firefighter with the Cotulla Volunteer and La Salle County fire departments who recently completed advanced training seminars that help him be the best firefighter and first ...
June 5, 2015
TEC Reviews 84th Legislative Session
Texas Electric Cooperatives' Government Relations team advocated for electric cooperatives during the 84th Legislative Session, which adjourned June 1. Bills of interest to the industry that made it through the legislative process and onto the governor's desk are:
SB 562—Allows ...
May 20, 2015
Legislature Recognizes Texas Youth Tour
Texas Electric Cooperative's celebration of 50 years of participation in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour included the adoption of House Resolution 2553 congratulating member cooperatives and the program for sending thousands of high school students to Washington, D.C.
Rep. Brooks ...
May 7, 2015
Texas To Host Youth Tour Reunion
This year, electric cooperatives in Texas celebrate 50 years of the Texas Youth Tour, and to mark the occasion, Texas Electric Cooperatives is throwing a party.
The Texas Youth Tour Anniversary Celebration and Reunion Dinner will be held June 10 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol ...
April 20, 2015
TEC Staff Celebrates 75th Anniversary
To celebrate Texas Electric Cooperative's 75th anniversary, the statewide association hosted a picnic April 18 for its employees and their families.
Nearly 300 employees and family members participated in a day of games, including tug of war, potato sack relay and water balloon toss, as ...
March 30, 2015
TEC Applauded for ACRE Participation
Texas Electric Cooperatives won the ACRE Special Achievement Award for enlisting the third-highest number of ACRE members in the nation and the most Century Club members in the nation in 2014.
ACRE is the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, a federal nonpartisan political action ...
March 23, 2015
Conference Puts Spotlight on Safety
The emphasis on safety during the 69th Annual Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control Conference March 17–20 was not lost on the 431 attendees at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. The message came from co-op executives, safety experts, law enforcement officials, injured linemen and the widow of a ...
February 2, 2015
TEC Gives Co-ops Banner Gift
Texas Electric Cooperatives sent member-cooperatives that subscribe to Texas Co-op Power a complimentary customized promotional banner in December 2014.
The display depicts images of the magazine, including a classic magazine cover and a reference to the publication's online presence. The ...
February 2, 2015
TEC Explores Co-op Purpose with CFC
More than 200 National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation employees got an in-depth look into their organization's purpose in January. Nearly all CFC staff attended "Understanding the CFC Difference" during one of four sessions over two days at the organization's headquarters in ...
January 19, 2015
Co-op Leaders Consider a Changing Market
Politics, policy and competition headlined issues that Texas Electric Cooperatives President/CEO Mike Williams presented during two recent conferences. TEC's 42nd annual Managers Conference was held in December 2014, and the 14th annual Directors Conference in January.
January 1, 2015
TEC Launches Responsive Website for Magazine
Texas Co-op Power magazine readers using texascooppower.com can now see a responsive version of the website, which changes according to the viewing device being used. Texas Electric Cooperatives, which publishes the magazine, launched the new design in ...
December 5, 2014
Co-ops Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
Co-ops across the country called the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule affecting existing power plants "illegal, imprudent and impossible to implement" in the agency's official comments forum.
There were more than 645,000 comments submitted by electric co-op advocates ...
December 1, 2014
TEC Receives Safety Award
Texas Electric Cooperatives was recognized by Texas Mutual Insurance Company in November for dedication to employee health and safety.
Tracy LaFave, safety services consultant for Texas Mutual Insurance Company, visited TEC in Georgetown to present the 2014 Safety Award to TEC Director of ...
November 3, 2014
TEC Loss Control Manager Earns National Award
Danny Williams, Texas Electric Cooperative's Loss Control manager, earned the 2014 Herman C. Potthast Award for his dedication to training, safety and service.
The National Utility Training and Safety Education Association bestows the award each year to a job training and safety instructor...
October 20, 2014
TEC Conference Focuses on Member Service
Texas Electric Cooperative's 2014 Member Services Conference in Austin offered a record number of speakers and concurrent sessions at the 43rd annual event held Oct. 15–17.
Conference sessions addressed a slew of issues that the member services sector faces each day. The training aims to...
October 1, 2014
TEC Launches Mobile-Friendly Website
Web users viewing texas-ec.org with a mobile device now see a mobile-friendly version of the site.
Texas Electric Cooperatives recently deployed a responsive website. The website automatically adapts to a viewer's device, such as a smartphone or tablet, adjusting for screen size and ...
September 15, 2014
TEC Hosts Conference for Co-ops' Science-Minded
Electric co-ops' engineering, environmental and materials management experts gathered Sept. 9–12 to network and enhance their professional knowledge during the TEC Engineering/Environmental/Materials Management Conference.
Texas Electric Cooperatives President/CEO Mike Williams ...
August 28, 2014
TEC Annual Meeting Considers Future, Change
Successful organizations show a capacity and willingness to change, said Texas Electric Cooperatives President and CEO Mike Williams at the TEC 2014 Annual Meeting, Aug. 3–6 in Galveston, attended by 867 TEC members and guests. In his industry update, he explained how TEC has adapted over its ...
August 5, 2014
TEC Debuts Orientation Video
Texas Electric Cooperatives debuted an orientation video describing the products and services the statewide association provides to its member-cooperatives.
June 13, 2014
Electric Cooperatives Send Texas Students to D.C. for 50th Government-in-Action Youth Tour
One hundred-twenty high school students from across Texas traveled to Washington, D.C., June 13 to join more than 1,600 other students from around the nation for the 2014 Government-in-Action Youth Tour. The national event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
June 2, 2014
Texas Co-ops Win Communications Awards
TEC and six electric cooperatives won more than 40 Spotlight on Excellence awards for communications.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recognized the winners during the Connect Conference in San Antonio, held May 13-16.
TEC earned recognitions including:...
May 28, 2014
RUS Administrator Visits Bartlett Electric Cooperative
(Bartlett, TX) U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Administrator John Padalino and National Rural Electric Cooperatives Board President Curtis Nolan visited Bartlett Electric Cooperative headquarters in Bartlett May 28 for "Cooperative Purpose 101," a workshop for BEC ...
May 12, 2014
TEC Information Technology Conference Snapshot
Electric cooperative information technology professionals learned about cybersecurity, wireless solutions, cloud services and more during the 8th annual Information Technology Conference, May 6-8 in Austin.
"Our conference is important because it allows the co-ops to talk to one another ...
May 7, 2014
NRECA Legislative Conference Roundup
Nearly 2,500 co-op representatives—including about 150 Texans—went to Washington, D.C., from across the country to advocate for issues affecting rural co-ops at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's 2014 Legislative Conference.
The Texans engaged legislators and...
April 1, 2014
Conference Puts Safety in Spotlight
Texas Electric Cooperatives focused on electric cooperatives' safety culture, raised a record amount for scholarships and recognized exceptional co-op employees at the 2014 TEC Loss Control Conference held March 17-20 in Austin.
Through the event, electric cooperative linemen and safety ...
March 5, 2014
Williams Honored with NRECA President's Award
Texas Electric Cooperative President and CEO Mike Williams received the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's 2014 President's Award during the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in March. The award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to rural electrification, ...
March 5, 2014
Texas Recognized for Political Action
Eric Craven, TEC senior vice president of government relations and legal affairs accepted an award that recognizes Texas' 2013 ACRE membership from NRECA Board President Curtis Nolan during the March NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Texas' 2,463 Action Committee for Rural ...
February 7, 2014
Lower Electric Bills with Energy Efficiency During Frigid Weather
With one arctic blast following another deep into Texas since November, members of electric cooperatives are seeing unexpectedly high energy bills, and many are asking why. Utilities across Texas are reporting record winter electricity demand following the coldest sustained temperatures in ...
January 13, 2014
TEC Creates Co-op Purpose 101 Class
January marked the debut of Texas Electric Cooperative's "Co-op Purpose 101," a training module that pairs co-op fundamentals with heritage and aspiration in a way that can inspire and motivate all electric cooperative employees.
The pilot program, offered to co-op employees from co-ops ...
December 20, 2013
TEC Wins Insurance Safety Award
For the third consecutive year, Texas Mutual Insurance Company recognized TEC for its outstanding safety record with the 2013 Texas Mutual Safety Trophy. The company gave 200 safety awards to organizations chosen from a pool of more than 57,000 policyholders.
TEC won "because your ...
December 9, 2013
Co-ops at EPA Listening Session
About two hundred people, including representatives from eight Texas electric cooperative, registered to speak at the Environmental Protection Agency's November public listening session in Dallas. The event was one of 11 held across the country to gather input about how the Clean Air Act could be...
December 6, 2013
North and Northeast Texas Hit Hard by Winter Storm
According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management Friday morning, the winter storm that moved into western North Texas yesterday afternoon has had the greatest impact along the Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 corridors and has affected nearly all of the remainder of North and Central ...
December 5, 2013
Gov. Perry issues emergency proclamation for 143 countiesTexas Gov. Rick Perry has issued an emergency proclamation for 143 counties because of the developing winter storm. The declaration covers counties in western, central and northern Texas where ice and sleet is predicted to impact ...
December 5, 2013
Texas Cooperatives Brace for Ice Storm
A severe ice storm is expected to develop today in north-central and northeastern Texas through Friday night. According to Accuweather.com, "In some locations, the storm has the potential...
November 4, 2013
Conference Sees Purpose in Science
Three hundred twenty-one participants heard the latest in fields of materials management, environmental science and engineering from experts and colleagues during the recent TEAMM/Environmental/Engineering Conference in San Antonio.
During the conference's keynote address, TEC President ...
October 1, 2013
TEC Takes Training to Co-op Country
TEC recently began offering instructor-led workshops at co-op locations. Through Co-Operative Regional Education, or C•O•R•E, TEC partners with host co-ops around the state to provide classes to cooperative employees at geographically convenient locations.
C•O•R•E evolved from ...
August 7, 2013
TEC President: Culture Sets Cooperatives Apart
"Do you think the next 75 years will look like the last?" TEC President and CEO Mike Williams asked his audience during the opening session of the 73rd TEC Annual Meeting Aug. 4–7 in Austin.
The conditions that have allowed electric cooperatives to be successful in the past are not ...
July 22, 2013
Texas Co-ops Sweep Awards at Lineman's Rodeo
Linemen from 12 electric cooperatives won a total of 38 top awards at the 17th annual Texas Lineman's Rodeo competition July 20.
"Co-ops swept it," said Doug Schlemmer, a Fayette EC journeyman lineman, who served as the rodeo's master judge. The success is a testament to cooperatives' ...
June 28, 2013
East Texas Co-ops Host Youth Leadership Seminar
Nine Texas electric cooperatives sponsored 102 students for the 25th edition of the East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar held June 24–28 at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. The conference enhances youths' leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
The students, ...
June 21, 2013
Texas Co-ops Uphold Youth Tour Legacy
One hundred thirteen high school students from 50 Texas cooperatives visited the nation's capital on the state's 48th annual Government-in-Action Youth Tour, a weeklong trip to see monuments, museums, and landmarks, and meet their legislators and staff.
Youth Tour began about 50 years ago ...
May 15, 2013
Texas Co-op Communicators Win Awards
Seven Texas electric cooperatives and Texas Electric Cooperatives were honored during the Spotlight on Excellence celebration May 15 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's 2013 CONNECT Conference in Orlando, Fla. In all, Texas co-ops received 31 Spotlight Awards for excellence ...
May 10, 2013
Conference Inspires Success
More than 80 professionals gathered in San Antonio for the TEC Human Resources and Administrative Professionals Conference on May 7â€“9. Acknowledging the significant overlap of duties in these two areas at many co-ops, this year's conferences were combined to allow attendees to participate ...
May 1, 2013
TEC Co-ops Tally Touchstone Energy Participation
As Touchstone Energy Cooperatives celebrates its 15th anniversary, TEC member-cooperatives are reaching all-time highs in branding program participation.
Touchstone Energy launched in 1998 and has grown to encompass more than 50 programs and tools, including advertising campaigns, ...
April 18, 2013
National Lineman Appreciation Day
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring April 18 National Lineman Appreciation Day.
Sens. John Isakson of Georgia and Michael Bennet of Colorado sponsored the resolution to honor linemen who "work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy...
March 23, 2013
2013 Loss Control Conference
Texas Electric Cooperatives broke attendance records, raised a record amount of scholarship money and delivered ramped-up curriculum during the 2013 Loss Control Conference held March 20-22 at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.
More than 400 registrants participated ...
March 1, 2013
TEC Uses Specialized Technology To Help Co-op Count Inventory
Texas Electric Cooperative's Manufacturing & Distribution Services recently helped a co-op digitize details about its meter inventory using mobile barcode-reading technology.
When a co-op needed to input end-of-year information about its stock of 10,000 meters into a new back-end customer ...
February 13, 2013
2013 TEC Legislative Rally
Almost 250 directors and staff from across Texas rallied in Austin in February to carry top co-op issues to lawmakers at the Capitol.
The rally kicked off with an orientation Feb. 11 at the Omni Hotel, where Eric Craven, TEC senior vice president of government relations and legal affairs, ...
January 11, 2013
Co-op Directors Urged To Put Purpose in Action
Texas Electric Cooperatives kicked off 2013 with the Directors Conference in Austin on Jan. 8â€“10 by encouraging directors and staff to get to work doing what co-ops do best—empowering the members.
In his industry update, TEC President/CEO Mike Williams told about 185 directors...
January 2, 2013
TEC Earns Safety Award
Texas Mutual Insurance has honored Texas Electric Cooperatives with an award for its safety record. Only about 100 of Texas Mutual's approximately 53,000 workers' compensation policyholders receive this annual award, and this is the second year TEC has earned it.
This award is in ...
August 15, 2012
Youth Tour Descends on Washington, D.C.
Young people from 42 states, including 112 students representing 49 Texas co-ops, spent nine days in the U.S. capital June 14-22 on the 2012 Government-in-Action Youth Tour.
The trip for the Texas delegation is coordinated by Texas Electric Cooperatives, and the Natural Rural Electric ...
June 29, 2012
TEC Donates Money To Buy Fans for Texans
For the fifth consecutive year, Texas Electric Cooperatives participated in the Fan Fare Friday fan drive in June 2012. TEC donated a total of $875 to the Family Eldercare program in Austin. The donations are used to help purchase room fans for low-income and elderly Central Texas residents....
June 1, 2012
Texas Cooperatives Shine in Spotlight on Excellence
The Texas Electric Cooperatives Communications Department and seven Texas electric co-ops were honored for winning a total of 33 Spotlight on Excellence Awards during a celebration May 17, 2012, at the 2012 CONNECT Conference in New Orleans, presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative ...