TEC's strength has always been its ability to combine the resources of our members to help them achieve more than they could on their own. Working cooperatively is still the foundation of our organization, and we apply the same principles to benefit our members in today's marketplace.

Johnny Andrews

Johnny Andrews

Chief Operating Officer
TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services

The latest TEC news and updates

August 17, 2020

Lankford, Turk Join TEC Board

Forty-seven official voting delegates submitted ballots by mail in the weeks leading up to the 80th TEC Annual Meeting—its first presented in a digital format. The delegates elected Kelly Lankford, executive vice president and CEO of Concho Valley EC, representing Group 4, and Doug Turk, ...

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June 24, 2020

TEC To Host Digital 80th Annual Meeting

On August 4 TEC members will have the opportunity to participate in the first on-demand annual meeting in the association's history.

The online digital experience will still include the relevant industry programming, motivational messages and updates TEC members have ...

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May 29, 2020

'Texas Co-op Power' Redesign Unveiled

When its 1.6 million readers fetch the August issue of Texas Co-op Power from their mailboxes, they'll see a new-look masthead adorning a completely redesigned magazine.

TEC unveiled the new look to the association's Communications and Member Services Committee on May 1. It's the ...

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May 19, 2020

TEC, Exelon Clearsight Form Alliance

TEC and Exelon Clearsight have formed a partnership to bring advanced unmanned aircraft systems, robots and software-enabled inspections to Texas utilities. Under the agreement, TEC will have exclusive rights to represent Exelon Clearsight's services to distribution cooperatives, generation and ...

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April 2, 2020

TEC Continues To Support Members Amid Pandemic

In an email sent to all TEC members, Mike Williams, TEC president and CEO, assured co-op leaders in Texas that the association is committed to providing the same level of service that members have come to expect, all while keeping employees and members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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March 10, 2020

TEC Announces Partnership With TVC Communications

Texas Electric Cooperatives announced a partnership March 10 with TVC Communications, the leading provider of broadband products, distribution and technical services in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin American markets.

According to a 2019 report by the Federal Communications ...

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December 17, 2019

TEC Produces 'Move Over, Slow Down' Video

To help co-op members and the general public understand and be more aware of Texas' new "move over, slow down" rules that went into effect in September, TEC has released a short video available at Read More »

October 30, 2019

Board Approves Rio Grande EC as TEC Member

The electric cooperative with the largest service territory in the contiguous U.S. is now a member of TEC. The association's board of directors approved Rio Grande EC's membership application at its Oct. 2 meeting.

"The co-op family is back together under one roof," said Mike Williams, TEC...

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October 4, 2019

Youth Tour Alum Named National Spokesperson

When Kade McAdams sent off his Youth Tour application to Tri-County EC last winter, he wasn't sure he'd make the cut for the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Many months later, the Seymour High School senior has been selected as the face of Youth Tour—chosen as the national ...

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September 2, 2019

Leaders Champion Cooperation at 79th TEC Annual Meeting

Whether it's a loblolly pine down on a power line at 2 a.m. or fresh leadership in the Texas House of Representatives, challenges are a part of everyday life for Texas' electric cooperatives.

But co-ops have continually met—and risen above—those obstacles by helping one ...

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August 22, 2019

Henley, Raybon Join TEC Board

The 62 voting delegates in attendance at the 79th TEC Annual Meeting, held Aug. 4–7 in Austin, elected Greg Henley, CEO of Lyntegar Electric Cooperative, representing Group 5, and Gary ...

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August 12, 2019

TEC Forms Alliance With Tri-County EC

TEC has formed a Sole Source Alliance with Tri-County Electric Cooperative. The state association now has 27 warehouse alliances across the state.

"TCEC's mission is to...

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July 1, 2019

TEC Reviews 86th Legislative Session

During the 86th legislative session, which adjourned May 27, TEC advocated for electric cooperative interests.

Because of that work, Senate Bill 14, signed by the governor June 7 and effective immediately, creates an easier path for electric co-ops to provide broadband internet ...

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May 2, 2019

Safety Professionals Discuss New Threats at Loss Control Conference

When Chris Ayala took the stage at the TEC Loss Control Conference and Exhibit Show in March, the veteran police officer had some unsettling questions for the nearly 300 attendees.

Looking for a show of hands, he asked how many audience members had ever had to deal with a disgruntled ...

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April 15, 2019

TEC Forms Alliance With Ultimate Tool and Safety

TEC has announced an alliance with Ultimate Tool and Safety, a Fort Worth-based safety equipment and tool resource for linemen, construction workers, telecommunications workers, arborists, tower workers and ironworkers. The joint venture will enhance safety equipment availability for electric ...

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February 8, 2019

TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services Hits $200 Million Milestone

TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services hit a major milestone in December, surpassing $200 million in revenue for the year—a first for the association's sourcing, supply and manufacturing division. MDS first reached $1 million in annual revenue in 2001 and eclipsed $100 million for the ...

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January 4, 2019

'Texas Co-op Power' Celebrates 75 Years

In July 1944, communicators at Texas Power Reserve, now TEC, published the first issue of Texas Cooperative Electric Power, which a cover story explained was "devoted to promoting the interests of rural electrification in Texas." The four pages of newsprint, which went out to some 14,000...

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November 5, 2018

Texas Crews Rush To Help After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a Category 4 storm—the strongest ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service. Its drenching rains and damaging winds swept across the South, ravaging electric cooperative systems in six ...

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October 1, 2018

TEC Training Facility Gets High-Tech Upgrades

A transformation has been in the works at TEC's Georgetown training facility over the past several months. The room, which is used for workshops, meetings and training events for co-op employees across TEC's membership, now features state-of-the-art technology and furnishings to enhance training ...

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August 24, 2018

Jones, Loth, McGinnis Join TEC Board

The 58 official voting delegates in attendance at the TEC Annual Meeting, Aug. 5–8, elected Billy Jones, general manager and CEO at Navarro County EC, representing Group 2; Bob Loth III, CEO at Central Texas EC, Group 6; and David McGinnis, CEO at Grayson-Collin EC, Group 3, to the statewide ...

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July 26, 2018

TEC Forms Alliance With Rio Grande EC

AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Electric Cooperatives leadership has announced a sole source alliance with Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, which serves a massive area in the Texas-Mexico border region, from the mid-border to Read More »

June 29, 2018

Record Youth Tour Delegation Explores Washington

During a nighttime tour of the U.S. Capitol, Fatima Figueroa was overcome with emotion. The South Texas teen was there as part of the Government-in-Action Youth Tour and envisioned herself ...

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June 1, 2018

Co-op Leaders Testify at State Senate Hearing

A panel of Texas electric cooperative leaders testified in front of the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce on May 1 as the committee explores the notion of expanding free market electricity to co-op and municipal utilities. Under Texas' current system, co-ops can opt in to ...

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April 30, 2018

Texas Wins 24 Spotlight on Excellence Awards

Spotlight on Excellence Awards are an initiative of the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and are NRECA's highest communications honor. The award recognizes a body of outstanding work produced by electric co-op communications and marketing professionals throughout Co-op Nation across all ...

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April 12, 2018

TEC Loss Control Conference Puts Safety First

You know a safety conference is zealous about its mission when, before it even kicks off, the presider tells attendees where they will exit the building in the event of an evacuation, where the nearest fire extinguishers are, and that their company trucks provide the quickest access to first-aid ...

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March 2, 2018

TEC Earns StormReady Supporter Certification

The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services as a StormReady Supporter, a distinction granted to communities, utilities and organizations that enhance public safety by focusing on storm awareness and ...

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February 21, 2018

TEC Forms Alliance With Guadalupe Valley EC

AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Electric Cooperatives has announced an alliance with Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, a south-central Texas electric cooperative. The agreement brings more than 9,800 miles of line and more than 80,000 meters in 13 counties into areas currently served by ...

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January 31, 2018

Directors Learn From Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas just over five months ago, whipping the coast with wind gusts as high as 130 mph and flooding large tracts, including some in Co-op Country. While electric cooperatives in Texas are no strangers to severe storms, Harvey served as a reminder of the damage ...

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January 15, 2018

TEC Hosts Touchstone Energy Brand Camp

Electric cooperatives have a long history of making a positive impact on the communities they serve, in addition to providing reliable and affordable electrical service. It's all part of the cooperative difference that members have valued for decades. But as new technologies emerge and ...

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January 2, 2018

Comanche EC Forms Alliance With TEC

TEC and Comanche EC's board of directors, announced an agreement in December that brings seven counties into the group of areas already served by TEC alliance partnerships.

 "Comanche Electric Cooperative is built on the power of the cooperative," said Alan...

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December 18, 2017

Texas Linemen Bring Power to Rural Bolivia

Chase Noland and Brody Weems had dreamed of someday helping the less fortunate in a far-off land, but with families at home and demands at work, the United Cooperative Services linemen never expected to actually get the chance.

That changed last year when five Texas electric cooperatives ...

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November 1, 2017

Donors Give $200,000 to TEC's Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

Jimmie Smith's home in Bay City is more special than most. Smith's father built the house on land handed down by his grandfather. Smith grew up in the home and in 1996, he inherited it from his father and has lived there ever since.

"It means a whole lot," he said.

But on Aug. 25, ...

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October 8, 2017

Greenbelt EC Forms Sourcing Alliance With TEC

Greenbelt EC's board of directors approved the formation of a sourcing alliance with TEC that expands the statewide association's presence in the Texas Panhandle.

"We ...

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October 1, 2017

Texas Co-op Power Gets National Recognition

The National Electric Cooperative Statewide Editors Association awarded four Willies awards to Texas Co-op Power magazine. Named for Willie Wiredhand, the awards honor the best writing, photography and design from among the national association's 32 statewide magazines.

Texas ...

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September 1, 2017

Co-ops Recovering From Hurricane Harvey

Electric cooperatives in Texas continue to make significant progress recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, the category 4 storm that made landfall at Rockport late Friday, August 25. In addition to dozens of deaths and unprecedented flooding in Houston and other areas of the Texas ...

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August 11, 2017

TEC Forms Strategic Alliance With Cox Industries

Texas Electric Cooperatives, an association representing some of the largest electric cooperatives in the United States, today announced an alliance with Cox Industries. Cox will provide management services for TEC's wood utility pole manufacturing plant in Jasper, Texas. As part of the ...

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July 3, 2017

Donated AED Units To Aid TEC Safety Training

Students of Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control safety schools soon will get an up-close look at how AEDs can save lives. TEC received a donation of nine automated external defibrillator training devices for use by the department's Loss Control specialists from Cardiac Science Corp. earlier ...

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June 19, 2017

Texas Sets Record for Youth Tour Participation

A record number of Texas Youth Tour participants—147—visited Washington, D.C., this June

on the Youth Tour, a trip for young Texans, sponsored by electric cooperatives.

The delegation was the largest in the Texas Youth Tour's 53-year history and was the largest group of ...

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June 5, 2017

Training Revisits Co-op Purpose

Texas Electric Cooperatives introduced a self-guided training module, Cooperative Purpose 101, with video accompaniment, at the Human Resources Conference in May.

Inspiration for the module came from the half-day workshop on cooperative purpose that TEC developed and has offered over the ...

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June 2, 2017

Schneider Contributes to Loss Control Scholarships

The Hill Country Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Schneider Engineering and held in May in Comfort, raised $7,865 for the Texas Electric Cooperative Loss Control Scholarship fund.

Seventy golfers from electric utility systems and suppliers across Texas participated in the fundraising ...

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June 1, 2017

Your Tour Magazine Published for Third Year

The third annual Your Tour magazine, published by Texas Electric Cooperatives, arrived in June. The publication aims to excite future Youth Tour participants to go on the cooperative-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., while keeping Texas alumni connected to their friends, communities and ...

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May 15, 2017

NRECA, TEC Leaders Meet With DOE Secretary

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry had some questions for Jim Matheson,CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Mike Williams, president/CEO of Texas Electric Cooperative, when the three met in late April.

Perry asked how electric cooperatives have fared ...

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May 12, 2017

HR, Admin Pros Hone Skills at Austin Conference

Back-to-back Texas Electric Cooperative conferences united electric cooperative human resources and administrative professionals for panel discussions, expert speakers and safety demonstrations.

Human resources staff members met May 9–10 for the TEC HR Conference in Austin, aimed at ...

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May 5, 2017

Texas Wins 25 Spotlight on Excellence Awards

The Spotlight on Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding work of electric cooperative communications and marketing professionals across Co-op Country. Texas communicators raked in the honors, bringing home 25 awards for writing, digital projects, advertising, artistry and total communications...

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May 5, 2017

3 Takeaways of Accounting Conference

When it comes to managing risk and dealing with change, cooperatives take a unique approach, Mike Williams told more than 85 electric co-op accounting professionals in Austin for the Texas Electric Cooperative Accounting Conference from April 26–28. It's what makes TEC's president and CEO proud...

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May 1, 2017

Solar System Installed at TEC Facility

Texas Electric Cooperatives energized a 5-kilowatt solar array at its Georgetown training facility April 27. The system, purchased from BEC Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Bandera EC, provides an opportunity for electric cooperative employees who attend workshops in Georgetown to learn about solar ...

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May 1, 2017

TEC Hosts Students for Career Week

Three high school seniors from Leander Independent School District shadowed Texas Electric Cooperative employees this spring through the Career Opportunities on Location program.

Pedernales EC members Jaci Chavera, Adrienne Dan and Rachel O'Brien were among 378 students visiting 162 ...

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April 24, 2017

How It's Made: Utility Poles

"Ever wonder how a tree becomes a utility pole?"

That's how the recent StraightTalk video, How It's Made: Utility Poles, entices viewers to learn about the making of utility poles. The footage, filmed at the Texas Electric ...

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April 21, 2017

TEC, Concho Valley EC Partner in Alliance

Concho Valley EC recently signed up for a Sole Source Alliance through Texas Electric Cooperatives to help streamline its supply chain.

Through the Sole Source Alliance, Concho Valley EC will purchase all its materials—such as wire or transformers—from TEC at a set pricing ...

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April 3, 2017

Highlights of the 2017 TEC Loss Control Conference

Texas Electric Cooperative's 71st Annual Loss Control Conference featured myriad celebrations of safety success stories and offered discussions about accident investigations, encounters with aggressive dogs and distracted driving.

Four employees of electric co-ops won Lifesaving Awards. ...

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February 13, 2017

TEC Partners With Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Texas Electric Cooperatives announced a partnership Jan. 25 with Advanced Microgrid Solutions to offer AMS services to TEC members.

AMS specializes in developing distributed energy storage for electric grid support. Through the partnership, TEC can offer preferred pricing for energy ...

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February 3, 2017

Co-op Leaders Pitch Issues to State Lawmakers

Sports analogies were fitting when more than 220 electric co-op leaders joined industry and legislative experts from across Texas in Austin to compare notes and strategize before talking with state lawmakers about concerns early in the 85th legislative session.

"It's kind of like the early...

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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.


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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

"Through ...

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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...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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.

Relationships ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

Educational sessions...

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January 1, 2015

TEC Launches Responsive Website for Magazine

Texas Co-op Power magazine readers using 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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October 1, 2014

TEC Launches Mobile-Friendly Website

Web users viewing 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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.  

Students ...

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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:


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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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December 5, 2013

Gov. Perry issues emergency proclamation for 143 counties

Texas 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 ...

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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, "In some locations, the storm has the potential...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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' ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 7–9. 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 ...

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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, ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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. 8–10 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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.


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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 ...

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