November 3, 2014

OCEC Working With Methow Conservancy For Fire Restoration

Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) is happy to announce that we are working with the Methow Conservancy to help restore native grasses to areas affected by the Carlton Complex Fires. 

The Methow Conservancy has volunteered to spread native grass seed mix for OCEC this Saturday, November 8th.  Volunteers will be spreading the native grass seed mix within the Carlton Complex Fire footprint to restore native grasses to areas surrounding OCEC poles and temporary roads that were affected by our Line Crew’s work to restore power to members.

October 30, 2014

OCEC Accepting Bids for Disaster Debris Cleanup

Okanogan County Electric Cooperative Inc., is accepting bids for Disaster Debris Clean-up.  The invitation to bid is to perform removal and disposal of poles, hardware, wire and debris from 10 burn damaged locations.  All bids must be received by 4:00 pm in the office of Okanogan County Electric Cooperative Inc., by November 15, 2014. Clean-up must be completed by June 30, 2015.  This project has a prevailing wage requirement.  Bid documents may be obtained at our office 93 West Chewuch Rd, Winthrop WA 98862,  Phone 509-996-2228, Email  or by visiting our website LINK.

Okanogan County Electric Cooperative Inc (OCEC) reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.  OCEC is an equal opportunity employer.   

August 11, 2014

Cost of Emergency Repairs

The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative could be spending as much as a million dollars to repair damage from two major fires in the Methow Valley this summer. Approximately 143 poles, 7 miles of electric line, 92 services to homes and irrigation units, and 2 miles of fiber optic line used for internet access had to be fixed or replaced. To make that happen as quickly as possible, electric cooperatives and PUDs from Nespelem, Chelan, Spokane and Umatilla, Oregon generously loaned crews to help. While we are very thankful for that help, we still have to pay for it.

OCEC will do everything it can to cover these unexpected costs without asking members to pay more. Higher rates are the last thing the community needs as it rebuilds. There is no guarantee we can do it without members’ help, but we will try.

We expect federal, and possibly state, financial assistance to be available to help cover these unexpected costs and we are working now to secure that funding.

It may be October or later before we know, completely, where we stand with total emergency repair costs and assistance. From there we can find a way to cover remaining costs with as little impact to members as possible.

Our thoughts are with the many members who suffered loss or damage from the fires.

OCEC serves the upper Methow Valley including Mazama, Winthrop, and some areas surrounding Twisp.

For more information, please contact our office at 509.996.2228.

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