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Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Water Heater Program

Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC) water heater program offers complete peace of mind service for your hot water needs. Let CEC install a 75 gallon Marathon lifetime water heater with our professional contractor, Dr. Waterheater, Inc., for the low price of only $670 (a $1,128 retail value).  

The program is for residential members only (excludes mobile homes and modular homes that are not on a basement due to tank size, seasonal and nonresidential accounts).


Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Peak Alert Season

June marks the beginning of Peak Alert season for Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) members. We will issue radio and website announcements when electric demand is highest on hot, humid weekday afternoons. Members are asked to conserve energy by turning up or off such items as air conditioners, dehumidifiers and pool pumps.

CEC's cost for electricity is directly affected by how much power we use during the five highest summer demand days from June to September. Members can work together to help stabilize future power costs while reducing power plant pollution.

New Phone Scam Targeting Members

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is warning members of a phone scam that is targeting its members. The co-op is warning members to be aware of suspicious phone calls from those claiming to be representatives from CEC and offers the following tips:


* The phone scammers generally will call impersonating a co-op employee and will demand immediate payment over the phone, via a debit or credit card, and threaten disconnection. 


Ken's Weekly E-Tip: May is Electrical Safety Month

May is designated National Electrical Safety Month. Each year 43,900 home fires result in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries, and $1.47 billion in property losses. Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) puts safety first and foremost in everything we do in providing energy you need. So let us review how everyone can make safety a high priority around our homes.


Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Low Voltage

Spring is a season of changing weather, which can bring some powerful storms. With it can come power outages and other problems. One of them associated with power disturbances is a situation called "Low Voltage." I recently experienced this at my own house. It is easily recognized when house lights become dim and remain that way for a long time period.


CEC Announces Scholarship Winners

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is proud to announce its 2017 Good Neighbor Scholarship winners. Selection was based on each candidate's merit for nonpaid service to community, church and school. Ten students of cooperative members will each receive a $2,000 scholarship to further their education. 


Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Sizing a Generator

Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC) goal is to provide continual power. But recent spring storms have made it difficult to control  occasional power outages.

Many members are considering purchasing portable emergency generators to provide enough power to meet essential needs during these rare occasions. 


What Size Do I Need?

Essential items required during an outage in the average cooperative home require somewhere around 5,000 - 7,500 watts of power. This will of course vary from home to home, but it's a good estimate to start with.

CEC's Betros Promoted

Bill Betros of Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has been promoted to assistant operations manager.


"Bill has worked within CEC's operations department for over 28 years. His extensive experience will be very valuable as he assumes this new role," states Assistant General Manager/COO Fred Terwilliger.


40 Percent of CEC Members Affected by this Week's Storm

Members of Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) experienced power interruptions May 1, 2 and 3 when intense storms with sporadic winds caused falling trees and power outages across the co-op's service territory of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties.


CEC Improves System Reliability

PARKER, Pa., May 1, 2017 - As part of Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC's) ongoing effort to improve system reliability, crews will inspect poles on circuits originating from Bullion and Nectarine substations, Venango County, and northern parts of Butler County.

Photo of linemen working on a pole.


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