Columbus Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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2014 REVIEW... Top 5 Highlights of the Year

How was this year for you?

I'll bet your thinking, "Where has this year gone?" I think we all say that every year around this time.

Well our hope is that it's been a great year. As your Cooperative and electric provider we continue to work on our mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable energy.

For us, each year about this time we perform a self-analysis asking ourselves what worked and what didn't work. The things we did right, we need to do more of. Those that didn't work so well, may they make us better. We also evaluate what either held us back or slowed us down.

In performing this evaluation we've identified what I consider to be the five highlights of 2014:

1. Unified Arizona and New Mexico rates rules and regulations. This action eliminated lines that divided the membership.

2. The State of Arizona agreed the Cooperative is no longer required to receive prior approval for securing additional financing.

3. CEC Board of Trustees authorized the retirement of Capital Credits.

4. CEC updated a number of outdated policies affecting our members that are on file with the regulatory commissions.

5. CEC, the New Mexico Co-ops and our power supplier Tri-State reached an interim agreement that provides a roadmap for reaching consensus on those issues that have plagued our relationship.

The successes that we've had, big or small, are a result of our communities, our Board of Trustee and employees working together.

Now, as we look forward to the New Year, our wish is that it bring you good health and happiness!



I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day; lost luggage; and tangled Christmas lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same as making a "life". I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. I just did. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them
feel...Author Unknown

Merry Christmas!


Tip of the Month

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Sadly, it's also where two out of every five home fires start. Christmas and Christmas Eve hold a tradition of cooking, and safety should always be considered in the kitchen.
  • Never leave cooking equipment unattended, and always remember to turn off burners if you have to leave the room.
  • Supervise the little ones closely in the kitchen. Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking appliances.
  • Prevent potential fires by making sure your stovetop and oven are clean and free of grease, dust and spilled food.
  • Remember to clean the exhaust hood and duct over your stove on a regular basis.
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