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December 4, 2013
At the October board meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to retire $1.4 million dollars worth of capital credits back to our members. The 2013 retirement will benefit the members having electric service with MCEC from 2000 to 2012. The capital credit retirement checks will be mailed December 6th. With this retirement, MCEC has retired over $21 million dollars worth of capital credits to members since 2000. This is just one of the many ways your cooperative is different from other utilities. We are continually striving to provide our members with the best possible service, at the lowest possible price, while at the same time retiring capital credits.
The Board of Directors examines the financial position of the cooperative every year before determining whether to retire capital credits or not. There is never a guarantee that there will be a retirement of capital credits each year. As always, thank you for your patronage.
AECC Press Release: EPA Rules Change Listening tour
November 8, 2013
Mississippi County Electric Members, From the Desk of the CEO
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, (AECC is MCEC’s power supplier) has issued a press release concerning proposed regulation changes put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The press release (PDF) can be found at: http://www.aecc.com/pdf/epa-listening.pdf
The content of the press release is included below.
Proposed EPA Regulations Will Raise Rates, Affect Reliability
Little Rock, Ark. — Nov. 8, 2013 — Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas leaders warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that proposed carbon reduction regulations would result in increased rates for electric cooperative members and impact the reliability of the nation’s power grid at an EPA “listening session” in Dallas on Thursday.
“Targeting electric utility generators for the majority of future carbon reductions puts an unfair cost burden on electric consumers,” Duane Highley, president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC). “We believe that any federally mandated carbon reductions should include all sectors of the economy, not just electricity, and should reflect an equitable and proportionate share of each sector's contribution.”
He said that the EPA’s proposed regulation of carbon under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act expressly allows only those measures that have been "adequately demonstrated and achievable" by affected generating units. “Under this standard EPA cannot require carbon capture and storage, fuel switching or revised, non-economic dispatch of the generating fleet,” he said.
Highley said policies which require the premature retirement of generating units put the reliability of the grid in jeopardy. “As states develop their compliance plans, the EPA should require them to consult with regional transmission organizations, power pools and other affected parties to assure that electric reliability is maintained,” he said.
Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, added that short compliance timelines reduce flexibility and raise the cost of energy for electric cooperative members. “The EPA should allow states adequate time and flexibility of at least six years to design programs that minimize costs to ratepayers,” he said. “The Arkansas electric cooperatives have and will always be good stewards of the environment, but the proposed regulations lack common sense. Electric cooperatives across our nation are face-to-face with people who already have trouble paying bills. Without coal-based generation in the mix, this situation will only worsen.”
Highley said approximately 27 percent of the world’s coal is located in the United States, more than any other nation. “The EPA’s meetings bypass 16 of the top 20 coal-producing states. The proposed rules in these states could force layoffs, plant closures and result in major economic harm to one of these states’ most important industries. “The 11 selected locations for the “Listening Tour” do not include most of the states that largely use coal for power,” he said.
AECC owns a portion of the cleanest and most efficient coal-based plant in the United States, the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant, which is also the nation’s only ultra-supercritical plant. “It is unfortunate that, while China will continue to deploy this ultra-supercritical technology, the EPA’s new unit rule will effectively prohibit the construction of this highly-efficient technology in the U.S.,” he said.
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.
For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or email@example.com
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An important word from the CEO
October 21, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new proposed rules on September 20th that will result in costly restrictions in the construction of new coal and natural gas fueled electric power plants. These are the rules regarding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that you may have read about in the newspapers recently. Apparently the President has changed his “all of the above” energy policy to an “all-but-one” approach that will effectively prevent construction of new coal-based generation.
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas support using a diverse fuel mix that includes renewables, natural gas, nuclear and coal to generate electricity while keeping costs affordable. At Mississippi County Electric Cooperative Inc. we support energy efficiency programs to help our member- consumers use electricity wisely and save money. We integrate wind, hydroelectric and landfill gas into our portfolio serving Arkansans.
We need your support now!! Help us keep your energy costs low. Please join our effort by clicking on www.Action.coop to learn more. Tell the EPA to reconsider its “all-but-one” approach and to work with the electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns. We are all members of Mississippi County Electric Cooperative Inc. and working together we can make our voices heard.
Mississippi County Electric Cooperative Inc.
Join us in celebrating 75 years of service to Mississippi County.
September 5, 2013
Irrigation Load Management Update
May 2, 2013
To all MCEC Irrigation customers;
The growing season is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about your floods and pivots. For those of you who participate in our load management system, it’s also time to think about signing up for system notices.
As you may remember, last year, we upgraded our control system, and as part of that upgrade, we added an end-user notice system. By signing up for these notices, MCEC will contact you whenever an actual load management event is scheduled, cancelled early, or other critical system events happen. You can sign up to receive a text message or e-mail (your preference).
To those members that signed up for the system last year, we thank you, and you do not need to do anything further to remain on the system for the current season. To those members who have not yet signed up, we realize many of you may have reservations about signing up for the notification system, but we make the following commitment to you: unless you specify otherwise, by signing up for this notice system, we will not use contact information you provide in any manner other than as we have outlined above.
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If you wish to participate in the notification system, please click here to fill out the online form.
Note: Submissions may take a few days to process into the system. Your patience is appreciated.
2013 Youth Tour Winner
April 17, 2013
Congratulations to Colton Godsey of Gosnell High School, our winner of the 2013 Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Washington Youth Tour.
Colton will be joining other Arkansas Youth Tour participants in visiting the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, several of Washington’s national monuments, a boat ride along the Potomac River, and get a chance to meet Arkansas Congressional delegation.
Once again, congratulations Colton!
Getting the word out: Payment Scams
March 18, 2013
While our membership has not yet suffered from this, utility customers across the country have been hit with several types of payment scams lately. This article (http://www.ect.coop/editors-pick/scam-alert-for-kansas-co-op-members/53812) details a Kansas Cooperative whose members have been hit with fake calls threatening disconnection if they do not make a payment (usually within the hour) over the phone via a credit card. Other recent variants called for wire transfers or even meeting a supposed employee at a neutral location to receive payments.
Just to be absolutely clear, Mississippi County Electric Cooperative will NOT contact members by phone to demand payment on threat of disconnection. Additionally, we have only four ways set up to accept payments:
- check (by mail, in person, or via our night drop),
- cash (in the office),
- direct Bank Draft (application required), and
- via credit/debit card at our online payment system.
SmartHub Now Available
March 1, 2013
Mississippi County Electric now offer it's members the latest technology to help manage their electric accounts 24/7 by computer or smartphone with a free online application called SmartHub.
With SmartHub, you can
- make a payment
- check your electric usage
- notify member service of account issues
- receive email or text alerts
- communicate directly with the cooperative
SmartHub is easy to navigate. It’s simple and quick to make a payment or view your billing history. You can also choose to receive an email or text alert when a payment is due or other account activity occurs, so you know before your bill arrives that you’re using more power than usual.
Free smartphone or tablet apps
Members with smartphones or tablet devices can download the SmartHub app from iTunes or the Android Marketplace. The app allows you to make a payment or view your usage while on the go.
After 30 Years of Service, Mike Parrish is Retiring
December 22, 2011
Mike came to work for the cooperative in July of 1980. Prior to coming to work for the cooperative he worked for Montgomery Wards as a Department Manager and then Arkansas-Missouri Power Company where he started as a mail clerk and after several promotions left as a Systems Analyst for the electric division. He began his career at the cooperative as a Work Order/Material Clerk where he performed all Work Order Accounting. Mike was promoted to Accountant in 1987, taking over all General Accounting and Finance duties, then promoted to Manager of Accounting & Finance in 1996. He will retire from Mississippi County Electric Cooperative as Vice President of Accounting & Finance, a title held since 2005.
Mike graduated from Blytheville High School in 1968, after which he attended Arkansas State University until he married his wife Sharon Parrish. In 1975, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business Administration from Park College, with minor concentrations in Accounting and Computer Programming. Mike has also completed Graduate courses in the field of Business Information Systems.
Mike has been involved in the community for a number of years. He is a past President of the Blytheville Optimist Club and is a current member of the Blytheville Lions Club. He is also a Ham Radio operator and was a former member of the Mississippi County Amateur Radio Association.
Mike and his wife Sharon have two children, Jay and Chris. Jay and his wife Meagan have two daughters, Rebecca and Sarah. Chris and his wife Katie are expecting their first child in June.
Mike has no immediate plans for the future. He would like to take time to rest after retirement and play golf. He also has plans to become more active in amateur radio so he can get involved in the Emergency Communications Services provided by amateur radio. Mike and his wife Sharon plan to eventually relocate somewhere in central Arkansas. While they have begun the search for their new home, they are in no hurry to find that special place to spend their “Senior Years.”
The employees and directors of Mississippi County Electric Cooperative congratulate Mike on his well-deserved retirement and thank him for his dedication to the cooperative.
Electrical Efficiency and Safety News updated
December 15, 2011
Visit our updated Electrical Safety and Efficiency News page.
October 1, 2011
Well, we've made it through another rough summer season, and this year's extended dry spell made things even tougher this time around. We've all seen the results on our energy bills.
Something has to give, but since there's not much we can do to control the weather, what can we do? The answer lies in taking steps to improve our overall energy efficiency. Please take a few minutes to review MCEC's Energy Saving Tips, HERE.
For additional information, Please visit Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corporation's (AECC) energy efficiency page
Larry Hellums Retires, Brad Harrison takes the reins
January 7, 2011
Larry Hellums, long time President and CEO of Mississippi County Electric, handed over the reins to MCEC's Chief Operating Officer, Brad Harrison, today. "We've got a good team here, and I know I'm leaving you in good hands," said Larry during his retirement celebration.
Larry is looking forward to returning to the Texas coast to be near his family.
Congratulations Roger Riney, Mississippi County Electric Cooperative of Blytheville
August 12, 2010
After 31 years of service to the members of Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Pat O’Neal is retiring.
July 16, 2009
A drop-in reception for Pat is being held in her honor on Thursday, August 27th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Blytheville. Please come by and visit with Pat, wish her well and enjoy the evening. Pat came to work for the cooperative in May 1978. Prior to coming to work for the cooperative Pat worked for Southwestern Bell as a Telephone Operator and Service Representative and then USDA in the Cotton Classing Office. She began her career at the cooperative as a cashier enjoying helping the members.
Within a year she was moved to Billing where she developed a close bond with the farmers through their irrigation accounts and the new industries that soon needed special billing. Pat was promoted to Office Manager and then Manager of Office and Member Services. She will retire from Mississippi County Electric Cooperative as Senior Vice President of Cooperative Services.
Larry Hellums, President/CEO of the cooperative had this to say about Pat.... “From the day I first arrived here at MCEC in 1996, it was obvious to me that when I needed to rely on someone, Pat O’Neal was that one. That trust has only grown since then. She had a coop radio and phone in her house. If trouble came up or questions were asked, day or night, Pat was there with whatever needed to be done. From her view the job was never done, taking care of the coop and our members never ends. I don’t know where she started, but I do know she is finishing up as the number two person here at the coop as Senior Vice President of Cooperative Services, which just about covers everything that goes on here.
Pat will be missed here at MCEC every day. People will still call and ask for her. I know I will wonder, did this or that, get done. Pat will leave, but will leave a lot! Throughout the years she has given her all, and yet, has given more; that will stay and that is how everyone who remains behind will have the work ethic that Pat has always lead the way on. When one person leads the way, the rest will follow and in doing that; we have all learned “her way”. I believe that everyone who works here, and that includes all the men who work on the lines, as well as the office staff, have learned and will continue to do the work like Pat always showed them; that the work never ends.”
“I will enjoy taking it easy after retirement, but it will be hard to leave Mississippi County Electric and the wonderful employees and members we serve. They each hold a special place in my heart” Pat said.
Clyde, Pat’s husband of 42 years has been retired for several years. For most of their years together, the couple could be found farming or tending to their yard and garden. The O’Neals have two sons Shawn and Kevin, both of Blytheville.
Shawn and his wife Shannon are the parents of Alan, Aaron and Abby. Kevin and his wife Dawn are the parents of Jack and Sam.
Pat is looking forward to spending more time with her family and her five grandchildren and hopes to take up fishing again, something she and her husband used to do on a regular basis early in their married life.
The employees and directors of Mississippi County Electric Cooperative congratulate Pat on her well-deserved retirement and thank her for her dedication to the members of the cooperative.
Pryor, Lincoln, Berry Announce FEMA Funds for Northeast Arkansas
June 22, 2009
Washington – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) today announced that Northeast Arkansas will receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funds will be used to help with repairs and clean-up from the January ice storm and are allocated as follows:
City of Blytheville, $2,050,289
Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation, $21,727,435
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc., $5,300,446
Paragould Light and Water Commission, $2,255,874
Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, $5,824,913
Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation, $13,598,307
“January’s ice storm caused significant damage to the northern half of our state,” Lincoln said. “In the days after the storm, our first responders and community members answered the call by assisting in the recovery response. I am pleased that the federal government is doing its part to help with recovery efforts in Northeast Arkansas.”
“Cleaning up the damage and debris required considerable time and manpower,” Pryor said. “I’m pleased FEMA came through with more federal resources to help offset the costs these counties incurred.”
“The January ice storm left Arkansas with severe damage across the entire state,” said Berry. “This funding will provide local officials the resources they need to recover from this natural disaster and rebuild their communities.”
Harrison named MCEC Chief Operating Officer
June 22, 2009
Mississippi County Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce the promotion of Brad Harrison to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Brad has been employed by the cooperative for the past five years. Brad previous position with the cooperative was Vice President of Engineering and Operations. He started his cooperative career in 2000 at Craighead Electric Cooperative as an Engineering Intern while obtaining his Electrical Engineering degree from Arkansas State University. In the spring of 2008 Brad received his Master of Business Administration degree from Union University. In his new position Brad will be adding to his duties, the oversight and direction of all front office operations. This with his operational experience will allow him to maximize the integration of new, leading edge technology that is becoming the standard for electric utilities. Smart Grid technology and energy efficiency is here now and must be moved on now. MCEC CEO Hellums commented that “All of Brad’s education and experience will be called upon during the future growth of the cooperative, including his initial assignment at the cooperative of four months at lineman training school, learning to build a power line. Brad has always exhibited the ability to understand the task and pull all resources together and accomplish the mission. I am confident he will continue to succeed, for the betterment of the cooperative.”
Brad and his family currently reside in Gosnell, where his wife Jennifer is an elementary school teacher for the Gosnell Public School District. They have one son, Hudson, who is two years old. Please join us in congratulating Brad on his promotion and in wishing him continued success at the cooperative.