Columbus Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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Electricity remains a good value

In today's world, you won't find many items that cost less than $5. You can purchase a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas or a Big Mac© meal from McDonald's. But did you know that an average day's worth of electricity costs less than $5?

Even in our country's shifting energy climate, electricity remains a good value. In fact, electricity has the lowest cost per day of any of the items listed above. And not all of those items are necessary for daily life!

I'd like to ask you to think about your daily necessities (electricity and gasoline, to name a couple), and then think about the cost of the special treats we allow ourselves to purchase on a weekly basis (maybe even on a daily basis for some items!). We don't often question the cost of a Big Mac© meal - it costs over $1 more to buy a Big Mac© meal than it does to purchase a day's worth of power. And yet, we frequently become upset about the cost of electricity.

It makes sense; we have become increasingly reliant upon electricity. Electricity has, for many of us, gone from a luxury commodity to a necessity and an expectation. We expect the lights to come on when we flip the switch, and we expect our power to stay on during the best and worst conditions. How else would we keep our food fresh, our homes cool in the summer or warm in the winter? It is easy to cut a Big Mac© out of your spending routine here and there to save a few dollars. But we cannot simply cut electricity out of our budgets if times get tough or we decide that we want to scale back our spending in order to save.

It is nearly impossible for us to think about what our lives would be like if we did not have electricity. If at times it doesn't seem that electricity is affordable, remember - even as the demand for electricity grows - the annual cost increases that we've experienced still remain low, especially when compared to other consumer goods such as medical care, education, gasoline and, yes, even Big Macs©. Electricity is still a great bargain. And also remember this: we are committed to making sure that you and your family always have safe, reliable and affordable electric service in your home.

So the next time you crave a Big Mac©, remember your electric bill, and think about what a great deal you're getting for your dollar!


2014 Cooperative Scholarships Awarded

CEC Assistant Secretary Treasurer Eddie Diaz (center) presents
Scholarships to Deming students Breana Tapia (left) & Keri Hays (right)

The following students were recipients of 2014 Scholarships awarded by the Columbus Electric Cooperative, Inc., Scholarship Foundation: Colton Allen; Henry Bender; Ashley Bunting; April Chavez; Mikenzie Choate; Rebecca Dunagan; Cassandra Graham; Keri Hays; Courtney Hurt; Gabriel Martinez; Chase O'Bryne; and Breana Tapia. In addition the Cooperative awarded two scholarships from our power supplier Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association to Samantha Romero and Gerardo Zizumbo. We also awarded our Basin Electric Power Cooperative scholarship to Brannick Sweetser.

The Columbus Electric Scholarship foundation is funded primarily by unclaimed Capital Credits. Prior to the establishment of the scholarship foundation those monies reverted to the state in which they were distributed. Many current members also made this possible by participating in Operation Roundup

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients, may your dreams come true!


LIHEAP Protection Notice

Protection from winter shut-off begins November 15, 2014. To avoid potential disconnection of services please contact the human services department at 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, 2014, through March 15, 2015, if you meet the qualifications of LIHEAP and have no past due amounts or you remain current on any settlement or installment agreement for amounts due as of November 15, 2015. 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 (888) 427-5772, who will contact the appropriate tribal or pueblo official for assistance. Para información en español llame 1-800-950-2667.

Electric co-op businesses and home owners can learn more
about how to do their part in conserving energy.





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