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Mission statement

Welcome to Oconto Electric Cooperative Our core purpose is to provide power to our communities AND to empower our members to improve the quality of their lives.

Office hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 AM - 4PM


OEC members we need your help

The EPA is trying to pass new laws that will make it harder for power generators to use coal as a fuel. If we aren't able to use coal as a fuel your electric bill will increase because coal is a cheaper alternative to the other forms of power generation.

The proposed changes may reduce emissions from coal fired power plants but the problem is that the cost of doing so will increase your power bill significantly.

Please go to this website:

Action.coop

Once there fill out the form and click the submit button. This is a form that will be sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tell them that they need to follow their all-of-the-above strategy.

Change Address

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Capital Credits

Understanding Capital Credits

WHAT ARE CAPITAL CREDITS?

Capital credits are the retained margins left over at the end of the year at a not for profit electric cooperative. They are the most significant source of equity for most cooperatives. They are somewhat the same as the dividends that investor-owned utilities pay to their shareholders except that OEC "dividends" go back to the member/owners. Capital credits reflect each member’s ownership in the cooperative. It is also called patronage capital or equity capital.

HOW DOES A MEMBER GET CAPITAL CREDITS?

When anyone becomes a member of Oconto Electric and begins purchasing electricity, they get two accounts – a billing account and a capital credit account. The capital credit account is specific to you and your spouse, if married. Regardless of how many times you move or how many billing accounts you may have, you have one capital credit number that stays with you. At the end of each year whatever margins OEC has are allocated back to the members. Your share is deposited in your capital credit account for that year.

HOW ARE YEAR-END MARGINS ALLOCATED?

OEC takes the margins at the end of the year and divides that dollar amount by the amount of total revenue collected during that year. This is the "allocation factor". The allocation factor is then multiplied by the amount of revenue you contributed during that year. This is your share of the margins – or your capital credit allocation – for that year.

WHEN DO I GET MY CAPITAL CREDITS?

Even though the cooperative allocates capital credits to members each year, the money is not paid it out right away. The money is used for a number of years for the following purposes: to increase equity giving the cooperative more borrowing power, to avoid borrowing money as much as possible and to have reserves in case of an emergency. The board of directors looks at OEC’s financial condition annually and then decides whether to retire capital credits. It is goal of the board to keep capital credit retirements on a 20-year rotation, always retiring the oldest year.

HOW DO I GET MY CAPITAL CREDITS?

If the amount of your retirement in a given year is more than $25, a check will be sent to the last valid address we have on file. If the amount is less than $25 and you still purchase electricity from OEC, it will appear as a credit on your electric bill. If the amount is less $25 and you no longer purchase power from OEC, the amount goes into "no check status" which means the computer will hold that money until there is enough retired so that it is more than $25. When the amount is more than $25 a check will be sent to the last valid address.

HOW MUCH HAS OCONTO ELECTRIC PAID IN TOTAL CAPITAL CREDITS REFUNDS SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1937?

Over eleven million dollars.

WHAT IF I NO LONGER HAVE ELECTRIC SERVICE WITH OEC?

If you move or no longer have electric service with Oconto Electric, it is important that you keep your address current so that future disbursements can be properly mailed to you. Capital credits are reserved for members even if they move out of the Oconto Electric service area. OEC will make a diligent effort to send a check by mail.

WHAT IS A MEMBER?

Any individual or entity that purchases electricity from Oconto Electric Cooperative. Members are entitled to participate in cooperative elections and to share in patronage capital allocations.

ARE CAPITAL CREDITS PAID OUT IN ANY WAY BESIDES A NORMAL RETIREMENT?

There are certain conditions which allow capital credits to be paid out early but at their "net present value". A person would not receive the money at full value because it is being retired much earlier than normal.

Currently, the conditions for paying out capital credits at the net present value include:

  • An estate payout to spouses or heirs of a deceased member.
  • For purchase of an electric water heater that will be part of OEC's load management program.
  • For purchase and installation of an electric heating system that qualifies for OEC's dual fuel rate.
  • Farm efficiency improvements.
  • Business and commercial electrical improvements that will helpreduce OEC's coincident demand.

Load Management

Understanding Load Management

Load Management, also known as demand response, is a utility's solution to decreasing high load demand on its electrical system. This reduces the overall cost of power for the co-op and shrinks our carbon footprint. Oconto Electric Cooperative has the ability to monitor the demand of our system. If the demand is peaking or extremely high, the cooperative needs to reduce load. This reducing demand is accomplished in two ways - by temporarily managing, or shutting off, electric loads using a radio-controlled switch or using a special electric rate that encourages off-peak usage of electricity.

Load Management Switch

A load management switch is a radio-controlled device that will be installed either a particular appliance or on the meter serving an electric heat application. An OEC technician will complete this installation. OEC can send signals to the switch which allows the appliance or heat system to shut off during the high demand periods. The control period may happen anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays. Please keep in mind that OEC will not control on a daily basis. Control periods are performed on an "as needed" basis or when load needs to be reduced.

The following is a list of load management programs available to OEC members. Click on any of the links for more detailed program information.

Community Change

Community "Change"

Since 1999 Oconto Electric Members have had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful program called Community "Change". Members can choose to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar with the extra money going into the Community "Change" fund.

Civic groups, charitable organizations and people that have experienced a catastrophe in their lives (such as illness or fire) can apply for Community "Change" money. Quarterly, the Community "Change" board of directors (a group of six individuals not employed by OEC) meets to look at applications for Community "Change" money. Grants are awarded based on how much money is available.

One hundred percent of donations made to Community "Change" is awarded. To date, Community "Change" has given out over $110,000.

Members who choose to contribute to Community "Change" give an average of $6.00 per year. There is an option to give more by adding an extra dollar amount to the rounded up change. For example you can choose to round up your electric bill and donate an additional $2 each month.

If you are already a contributor to Community "Change", THANK YOU. If not, won't you please consider signing up as a contributor? It is one of the most rewarding things you can do for literally pennies a month.

I would like to apply for the Community "Change" program.

If you want to be contributor to Community "Change", or if you want to increase your current donation, simply click on the here button to print out the donation form.

Send the form to:

Oconto Electric Cooperative
PO Box 168
Oconto Falls WI 54154

Latest News

Latest News:

  • 2/6/2014
    February 2014 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Tree trimming, Ron Johson visit and CO-OPS YES! conference
  • 1/6/2014
    January 2014 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Donation to charity 2014 scholarship apps and district meetings.
  • 12/08/2013
    December 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    New Substation and Community "Change" recipient.

  • 11/08/2013
    November 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Understanding your electric bill.

  • 10/08/2013
    October 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Above and Beyond, electric co-op membership offers value ~ Scenes from the 2013 Member Picnic ~ Living By Our Principles ~ Cut the Chill Along with your Bill

  • 09/08/2013
    September 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Does OEC Have Money For You? Unclaimed capital credits

  • 08/08/2013
    August 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Clothesline Project Begins at the Stone Barn ~ Stay Safe After the Storm ~ Focus on Energy Looking for oldest Refrigerator

  • 07/08/2013
    July 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Quilt Craze ~ 26th Annual Member Appreciation Picnic ~ July Electric Bill may have Credit ~ Cellular Celebrations ~ 2013 Electric Safety Poster Contest Winners ~ Summer Safety Tips

  • 06/08/2013
    June 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    Meet the 2013 Scholarship Recipients ~ OEC Employees Select 2013 Charity ~ Call 811 Before Digging Outdoors ~ The Greenest Way to Pay

  • 04/22/2013
    May 2013 Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
    OEC 76th Annual Meeting ~ 50th Annual Youth Leadership Congress ~ Career Day at Washington Middle School ~ Pay Your Bills Online ~ Congratulations Glen Meyer

  • News Archive

Rates

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Outages

What To Do if the Power Goes Out

Electric service is one of your most dependable purchases. However, there are times due to extreme weater conditions and accidents when the power may be interrupted.

If your power goes out, please follow these instructions:

  1. Check your fuses or circuit breakers. Be aware that not only can there be fuses or circuit breakers in the electric panel inside your home, there are some types of services that require a circuit breaker outside your home. If you have this type of service, the circuit breaker would normally be located near the meter. Know your electric service - find out where your fuses and circuit breakers are BEFORE you experience an outage. (If OEC is dispatched to your home for an outage and finds the problem is blown fuses or tripped breakers on your side of the meter, you will be assessed a fee for the service call.)
  2. Check with a nearby neighbor to see if they are out of power. This information will help OEC determine if the problem is local or more widespread.
  3. Call Oconto Electric at 1-800-472-8410 immediately. There are trained operators on duty 24 hours a day to handle outage calls. If you call after business hours, and we have your current phone number, you may report it automatically instead of being placed on hold. To speed our response time, please have the following information available:
    • Name that the electric bill is listed under.
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Do you know if neighbors are out?
    • Do you know the cause of the outage? (Heard a bang, car accident, tree down, etc...)
    • Time the power went out

During a major outage, your call may be handled by an automated reporting system. Please follow the instructions that you hear when you place the call. It is critical that if you know the cause of the outage, you report it. The automated system allows you to do that. Please listen carefully to the instructions. Any information you provide may greatly reduce your outage time.

Automatic Payment Plan

Automatic Payment Plan

You can have your monthly bill payment made automatically using a major credit card or it can be taken from your checking account electronically each month. The Automatic Payment Plan will help you in several ways:

  • Saves time - fewer checks to write
  • Saves on postage
  • Meet your commitment in a convenient, timely manner, even if you are out of town
  • No lost or misplaced statement, your payment is always on time
  • Easy to sign up, easy to cancel
  • Avoid late charges and interest fees

Here's How the Automatic Payment Plan Works:

After signing up for the plan, you will still receive a statement each month. The date the payment will either be drawn from your checking or charged to your credit card will be shown on the statement. Typically it is around the 3rd of the month.

There are two ways to sign up for the Automatic Payment Plan. You can click on the Pay Bills Online button in the upper right corner of this page, or you can click here to view and print a sign up form. If choose automatic withdrawal, you will have to include a blank check marked VOID. Complete the form and mail it to: Oconto Electric Cooperative, PO Box 168, Oconto Falls WI 54154.

If you have any questions, call Oconto Electric at 1-800-472-8410 or email customerservice@ocontoelectric.com.

New Service

New Service Procedure

In order to serve you in a timely manner and avoid delays during the process of installing power to a new service, the procedures have been outlined below. OEC works off of a checklist system and jobs can not be scheduled until all items have been completed.

REQUIRED PAPERWORK

Require paperwork must be completed and returned before an appointment can be scheduled.

  • Application for Membership
    • This form needs to be filled out completely, and your signature is also required. This information sets up the billing account. Please note: the name that is put on the application will be the one responsible for the monthly electric bill. Click here to print Application for Membership
  • Credit Check
    • OEC requires either a $250.00 security deposit, a letter of good credit from your current power company or we can check your credit report. Upon sufficient credit information supplied by either the power company or the credit report, the $250.00 will be waived. Please make your selection on the application.
  • Appointment Fee
    • All new services will be charged a non-refundable Appointment Fee of $150 which needs to be paid before an appointment is scheduled. This charge captures the costs that are associated with the installation of service, including but not limited to, the engineering design of the project, site visits, easement research, and administrative processing.
  • New Construction Information / Underground Service Agreement
    • Both sides of this form needs to be filled out in as much detail as possible, signed and dated. Click here to print.
  • Copy of your "Recorded" Deed
    • The legal description of your property, found on your "recorded" deed, is used to write an easement. An easement is required if we need to install a primary line on your property or if we will be crossing someone else’s property to get to your service.

APPOINTMENT WITH OEC FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

  • Appointment
    • You need to meet with a field representative from OEC at your job site. Please call our office to set up an appointment, if you have not already done so.
    • The field representative will flag and measure the proposed cable route and calculate costs for construction from the information he gathers.
  • Invoice for Installation
    • We require all fees to be paid up front before any work will be scheduled. The invoice will either be given to you at the time of your appointment or mailed to you at a later date. The invoice is valid for 90 days.

FINAL STEPS

  • Township inspection
    • Every township in OEC’s service territory has an assigned inspector. The electrical inspector for your township must inspect the meter base before we can energize your service.
    • It is the responsibility of the inspector to notify OEC when inspections are complete.
      • Please note: The grounding for the service must have two (2) 5/8" x 8' copper-clad ground rods with #4 stranded copper terminated in the member’s service disconnect. Click here to view wiring specifications.
  • Wiring affidavit
    • The electrician who installs the meter base must submit a wiring affidavit to OEC.
      • a. The affidavit must be turned into our office after the meter base has been installed. This lets us know that the meter base is built according to our specifications, as well as the national electric code, and that the meter base is ready for service. We will not process a work order without it.
      • b. Most electricians do have these cards and take care of getting them to our office. However, it’s your responsibility to verify this with them. Click here is print a wiring affidavit.
    • Backfilling
      • Your site and foundation must be back-filled to within 6” of final grade.
    • Cleared cable route
      • Please make sure your cable route is cleared from any brush, dirt piles, building materials, vehicles, etc. If OEC crews go to your job site and cannot access the proposed cable route with their equipment, your job will be delayed until the area is properly cleared.

SCHEDULING YOUR JOB

  • Diggers Hotline
    • Once all of the above steps are complete, OEC will call Diggers Hotline to locate your property. Locates take 3 working days to become valid, and after that timeframe your job can be scheduled for installation. It is the responsibility of the property owner to mark or expose any private facilities that may be buried. Diggers Hotline will not take care of this.
  • During the busy construction season it may take longer to get your job scheduled, so please keep this in mind and prepare accordingly.
    • Joint Installation with Telephone/CATV
      • OEC will contact the telephone and cable tv companies to coordinate joint installation of their facilities with the electric line. Those companies have the final decision on installing their facilities with OEC’s. Please note: OEC does not do joint installations with natural gas lines.
      • It is the homeowner’s responsibility to contact the telephone or cable tv companies to apply for those services and set up their accounts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at 1-800-472-8410. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in your construction project. Our office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Membership Application

Click here to view the membership application

Wiring Affidavit

Wiring Affidavit

The electrician shall provide notification to the Cooperative of compliance with local and/or state electrical codes before a service will be connected. This will be in the form of an affidavit. Click here to view and/or print affidavit.

Wiring Specifications

Wiring Specifications

The wiring specifications and recommendations booklet provides detailed information on Oconto Electric Cooperative's requirements for electric services. This is intended for electricians and contractors.

Right-of-Way Clearing

Right-of-Way Clearing

Outages are always inconvenient. Even though outage-hours experienced by OEC members are relatively low, the co-op always strives to keep reducing those numbers. Some outages are out of our control - things like major storms, car accidents and vandalism.

One thing Oconto Electric works hard at is right-of-way clearing. During the past 10 years the Operations Department has invested about $1.9 million on right-of-way clearing. Not only important to reduce outages, right-of-way clearing reduces dangerous situations (like when children climb trees that are touching power lines). OEC has an 8-10 year cycle of cutting trees. That means the right-of-way of OEC’s entire system is cleared at least once every 10 years.

When clearing an existing right-of-way trees, brush and shrubs are completely from under the primary overhead lines. Vegetation is also removed, as needed, from around the secondary power lines which are the lines that bring power from the transformer to your meter. Attempts are made to notify property owners when right-of-way clearing will be done on their property.

LOOK UP WHEN PLANTING TREES

If you plant trees or do any landscaping in your yard, here are some things to keep in mind. Trees and shrubs can be a problem for overhead and underground facilities. You need to consider both when deciding where to plant or how to landscape your yard.

When deciding where to plant trees or shrubs, look up first. All trees and shrubs should be at least 20 feet from the overhead power line, WHEN THEY ARE FULLY MATURE. Even if it seems like you are planting that little sapling far enough away, how big will that tree get in 10-15 years, or when it's full grown? The guide below shows how far away from an overhead power line you should plant trees or shrubs.

If there is a padmount transformer (a transformer that sits on the ground and is used for underground cable) on your property, please resist the desire to hide it with landscaping. Crews must have 12 feet on all sides to access that transformer. Any landscaping close to that transformer will be damaged and may cause the outage to take longer to restore.

Trees planted to close to underground cable can eventually damage the cable when tree roots grow into the cable. If a cable is nicked while digging, eventually it will fail in that spot, again causing a power outage.

Always call Diggers Hotline before doing any digging or landscaping in your yard. After all underground facilities are marked, then carefully plan where you want to plant trees, shrubs and flowers. If you have any questions about where you should or should not do any landscaping, call OEC. We will be happy to help you.

Security Lights

Security Lights

High Pressure Sodium security lights are available for rent from Oconto Electric Cooperative. These lights are connected before the meter and are billed on a flat monthly rate rather than for electrical usage. The lights are operated from dusk till dawn by a photoelectric eye and cannot be hooked up to any other type of switch.

Installation Charges

OVERHEAD:

For all lights, members will be billed for the actual cost of the installation. An OEC representative will visit your home or business and quote on the cost which must be paid prior to the installation.

If a separate transformer is needed to serve the light, an additional facilities fee of $2.50 per month will be added to the above rates.

UNDERGROUND:

For lights requiring the installation of a pole, underground wires and other equipment, members will be billed for actual cost of installation. An OEC representative will visit your home or business and quote on the cost which must be paid prior to the installation.

No separate underground transformer will be installed to serve security lighting.

The member is responsible for providing a suitable location for the security light. Security light installation charges must be paid in advance. Call Oconto Electric’s Operations Department for more information on the types and sizes of lights available or to arrange installation.

Diggers Hotline

Locating Underground Facilities

If you are planning digging or excavating anywhere on your property, you are required to call Diggers Hotline at least three working days prior to beginning the work. Diggers Hotline will contact the owners of any underground facilities on your property. The facilities will be marked so you know where they are located. Your private facilities such as septic lines will NOT be located.

Why Call Diggers Hotline?

  • It's The Law
    • Wisconsin Statute 182.0175 requires all excavators - including homeowners and construction contractors - to call Diggers Hotline at least three working days before starting the work.
  • Protect Yourself
    • If you don't call before you dig, you are putting yourself and your neighbors in danger. A shovel could easily cut through a buried underground electric line, and a damaged gas pipeline would put your entire neighborhood in jeopardy.
  • Dig Now, Pay Later
    • If you dig without calling Diggers Hotline and you damage underground facilities, not only will you be financially responsible for the damage, but you could also be subject to a fine of up to $2,000.

Click here to visit their website for more information. You will be able to email a locate request from their website or you can call 811 to make a locate request.

Outages

What To Do if the Power Goes Out

Electric service is one of your most dependable purchases. However, there are times due to extreme weater conditions and accidents when the power may be interrupted.

If your power goes out, please follow these instructions:

  1. Check your fuses or circuit breakers. Be aware that not only can there be fuses or circuit breakers in the electric panel inside your home, there are some types of services that require a circuit breaker outside your home. If you have this type of service, the circuit breaker would normally be located near the meter. Know your electric service - find out where your fuses and circuit breakers are BEFORE you experience an outage. (If OEC is dispatched to your home for an outage and finds the problem is blown fuses or tripped breakers on your side of the meter, you will be assessed a fee for the service call.)
  2. Check with a nearby neighbor to see if they are out of power. This information will help OEC determine if the problem is local or more widespread.
  3. Call Oconto Electric at 1-800-472-8410 immediately. There are trained operators on duty 24 hours a day to handle outage calls. If you call after business hours, and we have your current phone number, you may report it automatically instead of being placed on hold. To speed our response time, please have the following information available:
    • Name that the electric bill is listed under.
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Do you know if neighbors are out?
    • Do you know the cause of the outage? (Heard a bang, car accident, tree down, etc...)
    • Time the power went out

During a major outage, your call may be handled by an automated reporting system. Please follow the instructions that you hear when you place the call. It is critical that if you know the cause of the outage, you report it. The automated system allows you to do that. Please listen carefully to the instructions. Any information you provide may greatly reduce your outage time.

Mainstreet Messenger

MainStreet Messenger

MainStreet Messenger is an emergency response service that helps make independent living a reality while giving peace of mind to the families whose loved ones prefer to stay in the comfortable surroundings of their own home.

The MainStreet Messenger unit is a telephone that has many regular telephone features such as speed dial, speakerphone, and redial. During an emergency however, MainStreet Messenger can be used to summon a responder quickly without having to get to the phone.

By pressing the button on the pendant you are signaling the Cooperative Response Center (CRC) that you need help. Within seconds someone from the response center will attempt to speak to you through the speaker on the telephone. Whether they can speak with you or not, CRC will then contact someone from the list of responders that was provided when the phone was installed, and let them know that you need assistance. Responders should be people that live near you so they can respond to your need for help quickly. CRC can also call a rescue squad if they are asked to do so by the client.

The telephone will be tested during installation and you will test it once a month after the initial installation.

The Cooperative Response Center is in the business of responding to emergencies. That is their only business. The trained professionals are there 24-hours a day, seven days a week to answer emergency phone calls and get necessary help on the way. Your call for help will NEVER go unanswered.

You can feel safe knowing that help is only the push of a button away. To have OEC install the MainStreet Messenger system, the client must provide telephone service (a working landline phone number) and an electrical outlet. The service fee for this peace of mind is $30.00 per month with a one-time installation fee of $25.00.

Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) has had the MainStreet Messenger program for over ten years with excellent results. We have about 200 clients who, along with their families, are very pleased with MainStreet Messenger program.

Click here to email or you can call the Member Services Department at Oconto Electric Cooperative for more information or to schedule the installation of the MainStreet Messenger Emergency Response System. Call (920) 846-2816 or toll-free 1-800-472-8410.

Marathon Water Heater

Marathon Water Heaters

Never Buy Another Water Heater Again!

OEC members can purchase Marathon Water Heaters at deeply rebated prices provided the water heater will be operated under the load management program. To find the latest prices and incentives, click here.

Kill-a-Watt

Want to Know How Much Each of Your Appliances Contributes to Your Energy Bill?

Kill-A-Watt Monitor

Learn which appliances are using the most electricity. Plug the monitor into an electric outlet and plug the appliance into the monitor. The monitor will display the following information:

  • Monitors can be purchased at Oconto Electric Cooperative for $25.00 plus sales tax or call OEC at 800-472-8410 and we will ship it to you for a small additional shipping fee.

  • Kill-A-Watt EZ Monitor Same as the Kill-A-Watt Monitor except that you can enter your kilowatt-hour rate and the unit will calculate the actual cost.

Monitors can be purchased at Oconto Electric Cooperative for $45.00 plus sales tax or call OEC at 800-472-8410 and we will ship it to you for a small additional shipping fee.

Energy Gift Certificate

Click here to view the gift certificate

Radio Shack

Oconto Electric Cooperative
A Radioshack Dealer

  • Oconto Electric Cooperative opened this RadioShack franchise in 2000. Store management and employees have always focused on excellent customer service and quality products. As a result the store is going strong after 10 years! Some of the types of products you will find in our store:
    • Gadgets Cables & Connectors
    • Computer Accessories Telephones
    • Electronics
    • Toys for kids and adults
    • Batteries of all types

  • Located at:
    Highland Square Mall
    323 E Highland Dr Oconto Falls WI

    920.848.1234


  • Store Hours:
    Monday-Friday
    9 AM-7 PM
    Saturday
    9 AM-2 PM

  • Click here to go to:
    www.radioshack.com


  • Click here to go to Cellcom.com for the latest specials.
    • Wireless phones and accessories:
    • internet
    • product

Community Change

Community "Change"

Since 1999 Oconto Electric Members have had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful program called Community "Change". Members can choose to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar with the extra money going into the Community "Change" fund.

Civic groups, charitable organizations and people that have experienced a catastrophe in their lives (such as illness or fire) can apply for Community "Change" money. Quarterly, the Community "Change" board of directors (a group of six individuals not employed by OEC) meets to look at applications for Community "Change" money. Grants are awarded based on how much money is available.

One hundred percent of donations made to Community "Change" is awarded. To date, Community "Change" has given out over $110,000.

Members who choose to contribute to Community "Change" give an average of $6.00 per year. There is an option to give more by adding an extra dollar amount to the rounded up change. For example you can choose to round up your electric bill and donate an additional $2 each month.

If you are already a contributor to Community "Change", THANK YOU. If not, won't you please consider signing up as a contributor? It is one of the most rewarding things you can do for literally pennies a month.

I would like to apply for the Community "Change" program.

If you want to be contributor to Community "Change", or if you want to increase your current donation, simply click on the here button to print out the donation form.

Send the form to:

Oconto Electric Cooperative
PO Box 168
Oconto Falls WI 54154

Watt's Up

Watt's Up Newsletter

The Watt's Up Newsletter is quarterly publication distributed to keep the public informed of issues affecting the electric utility industry. Click on any of the links below to see that issue. If you would like to have a copy of the Watt's Up mailed to you each quarter, contact: Mark Schindel 800-472-8410 to be placed on the mailing list.

Watt's Up Newsletter Winter 2013
Watt's Up Newsletter Summer 2011
Watt's Up Newsletter Spring 2010
Watt's Up Newsletter Winter 2009
Watt's Up Newsletter Autumn 2009
Watt's Up Newsletter Summer 2009
Watt's Up Newsletter Spring 2009

Hotline Safety Demo

Hot Line Safety Demonstrations

Oconto Electric Cooperative will provide a Hot Line Safety Demonstration for any group within Oconto, Marinette or Shawano Counties FREE. A qualified OEC employee will come to you with a table top model that will show how to stay safe around electricity. Or groups willing to come to Oconto Electric's office in Oconto Falls can see a life-size demonstration during the months of May-October, weather permitting. Either demonstration takes from 30-45 minutes, depending on questions.

The Hot Line Safety Demonstration is perfect for:

  • Club meetings
  • Emergency/Rescue Personnel
  • Schools
  • Civic groups
  • Businesses
  • Anyone interested in promoting electrical safety

If you are interested in having a Hot Line Safety Demonstration or would like more information, call 1-800-472-8410 and talk to Pam Langlay. OEC personnel can be available for demonstrations during evenings and weekends as well as regular business hours.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Currently there are no open positions available at Oconto Electric Cooperative.

Click here to download and print an employment application.

Oconto Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability, or any other protected group status.

Community Information

Community Information

July 3-4 Gillett - 4th of July Celebration. Located at Zipple Park, parade at 2:00 pm, antique car show 9-4.

4 Gillett - Demolition Derby begins at 5 pm. Food and beverages at Civic Club Stand. Fireworks at dusk. Music by Brahma Band at 8 pm.

4 Breed - 4th of July parade begins at noon. Free bicycle give away.

12-14 Lakewood - Mardi Gras Festival at Lakewood Town Hall & Pavilion. Carnival, live music, rrefreshments, games and softball tournament. Parade at noon on Sunday.

19 Oconto Falls - Cellular Celebrations at RadioShack in Oconto Falls. 9 am - 7 pm. Free food, prizes and great wireless phone deals. Call 920-848-1234 for more information.

27 Klondike - Brazeau Fire, Ambulance and Dive Team Annual Picnic. 11 am - 11 pm music, raffles, food, refreshments and Eagle III demonstrations. Klondike ball park, 6 miles west of Coleman.

September 7- Lena - Lena Dairy Fest sponsored by the Lena Lions Club. Live music noon-midnight. Truck and tractor pulls, horse drawn wagon rides, kids events and much more. Located at St. Anne Grounds in Lena

14 Oconto - EAA Warbirds Fly-In 9 am-5 pm at the Oconto Airport. Airplane & helicopter rides, vintage & experimental aircraft, car& tractor show, vendors, food and beverages, bouncers, more. Admission $4.

Scholarship

OEC Scholarship Program

Oconto Electric Cooperative offers ten $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students. Students are invited to apply for scholarships beginning January 1 of their senior year in high school until the application deadline.

Eligibility

OEC’s scholarship program is open to any high school senior whose parent or guardian is a member of Oconto Electric. The billing account for the parent/guardian must be a residential account (which means it must be their primary residence.)

Student must be attending an accredited college or technical school.

How To Apply

Beginning January 1 each year, a scholarship application for that year will be available from local high school guidance counselors, from Oconto Electric’s office or you can download the application by clicking here. Complete the application and return to Oconto Electric along with the following information:

  • Copy of high school transcripts (with current grade point average)
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • Summary of school, group, club, community and employment activities, awards and accomplishments.
  • One-page essay on future school, life and career goals
  • One third-party recommendation (letter of reference)
  • The deadline for the current year’s scholarship will be listed on the application.

Recipient Selection

A scholarship committee made up of 7 cooperative members, none of whom are OEC employees, meets to go over the applications and select the five recipients. Recipients and non-recipients are notified by mail as soon as the selection is made.

Making the Award

All recipients are asked to attend Oconto Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting so they can be presented with a certificate in front of the general membership. An OEC representative will also attend the recipient’s graduation or awards ceremony to present a certificate and recognize the student in front of his or her peers. The recipient or the school must contact OEC to schedule.

How to Receive the Scholarship

Scholarship money is paid directly to the school at the beginning of the his or her second semester of post-secondary education. The student must send a copy of a paid invoice for the second semester tuition to the address listed below.

Contact information

Write to Oconto Electric at:

Scholarships
Oconto Electric Cooperative
PO Box 168
Oconto Falls WI 54154

Phone: toll-free 800-472-8410 or local 920-846-2816

Email: planglay@ocontoelectric.com

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Co-ops YES! Conference

Co-ops YES! Youth Leadership Conference

Cooperative Network proudly offers the Co-ops! YES Youth Leadership Conference in March each year. Co-ops YES! is a chance for young people to develop an understanding and appreciation of the purpose, operation and scope of the cooperative form of business.

There will also be powerful, dynamic presentations on leadership and the value of cooperation. This conference has seen the beginning of many friendships over the years between kids who would have otherwise never met. This two-day conference

The Co-ops YES! Youth Leadership Conference is held at the Ramada Convention Center in Eau Claire WI. Students will have to be excused from two days of school.

Oconto Electric Cooperative sponsors four high school students each year for this conference. OEC pays all registration fees, hotel fees, meals and provides the transportation. All the kids need are couple of dollars for the cooperative snack store.

Information on the 2014 Co-ops YES! Youth Leadership Conference will be available in early 2014.

Youth Leadership Congress

Youth Leadership Congress

Each year in July the Youth Leadership Congress (YLC) is held at the University of Wisconsin River Falls campus. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Outreach and Graduate Studies Office is pleased to co-sponsor this program with the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA), a division of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives (WFC). Attendees join other students from across the state to participate in this premier youth program.

The congress has a range of leadership, team building, learning, and recreational activities. The Cooperative Youth Board assists in planning and presenting the YLC program. This makes the YLC a unique and effective opportunity for young adults to have fun while learning.

Students stay in the campus dorms during this 3 day/2 night event. There is entertainment in the evenings-students are busy from early morning until late evening throughout the event.

Oconto Electric Cooperative selects four high school students each year who will attend YLC. OEC pays for registration, provides transportation to and from the congress and has chaperones on campus at all times.

Click here for more information on the 2013 Youth Leadership Congress or email mschindel@ocontoelectric.com.

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