Columbus Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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The World Record-Setting Touchstone Energy Cooperatives' Hot Air Balloon will be at The Great American Duck Races on August 25 - 28. You're invited to come and see this dynamic balloon during the Great American Duck Races, and create a lasting memory with your family.

The colorful 8-story balloon holds 77,000 cubic feet of hot air, is heated by dual propane burners and could hold well over 2.2 million light bulbs. Due to its unique size, vibrant colors, and broad audience appeal, the Touchstone Energy Balloon generates excitement in any setting. Over 10 million people have seen the balloon, and it has received extensive media coverage while attending balloon events, state fairs, community festivals, cooperative meetings and other special functions across the country.

Flown by a team of top ballooning pilots (including winners of national and world flying honors), the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives' balloon was part of a successful Guinness World Record Flight on December 8, 2001, for sending a record number of hot air balloons (15) across the Continental Divide from Breckenridge, Colorado. Altitudes over 15,500 feet and speeds of 55 miles per hour were achieved during this record-setting flight.

Whenever the balloon makes an appearance, portions of each day's operating expenses are donated to a charity selected by the local Touchstone Energy Cooperative. A philanthropic donation will be made to the Luna County Shop with a Cop Program and the Cancer Support of Deming & Luna County on behalf of Columbus Electric Cooperative as a result of the Touchstone Energy Balloon attending the Great American Duck Races. Over $120,000 has been given to philanthropic organizations since March 2000.

The Touchstone Energy Balloon serves as a goodwill ambassador for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives across the country, promoting their core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Touchstone Energy is a national branding program adopted by more than 750 of the nation's electric cooperatives dedicated to providing superior service. The Touchstone Energy Balloon is owned and operated by Cooperative Balloon Associates, LLC (CBA), which comprises ten Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in Illinois. The Touchstone Energy Balloon is the second longest running hot air balloon program in the country



LIHEAP Protection Notice

"Proctection from winter shut-off begins November 15, 2016.

To avoid potential disconnection of services please, contact the human services department at 1-800-283-4465, or the appropriate tribal or pueblo entity for eligibility information for low-income heating energy assistance program (LIHEAP). Your service will not be disconnected from November 15, 2016 through March 17, 2017, if you meet qualifications of LIHEAP and have no past due amounts or you remain current on any settlement or installment agreement for amounts due as of Novemeber 15, 2016. Members of New Mexico tribes or pueblos who need help with translation or with other matters may contact the commission's consumer relations division at 1-888-427-5772, who will contact the appropriate tribal or pueblo official for assistance."


"Para informacion en español llame 1-800-950-2687."



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