While summer will soon be ending and students are enjoying their last few weeks before returning to school, many have used this time to learn and expand their horizons. And, 10 such high school students, sponsored by WCEC, honed their leadership skills at East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS).  

These area high school students spent a week at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX, which was the site of ETREYS 2018. There, over 100 High School students joined together to participate in workshops, seminars, and peer group activities focused on leadership development.
WCEC annually offers this all expense paid trip to sophomores and juniors within in the WCEC service area. Participants were selected on the basis of overall excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership positions held,and academic awards, etc.
The 10 students that represented WCEC for 2018 were Braylee Burch, Winnsboro; Tommie Burnett, Alba; River Chaney, Quitman; Kristen McMillan, Winnsboro; Kayla Munger, Quitman; Brandon Noll, Winnsboro; Nathan Underwood, Winnsboro; Leah Ward, Winnsboro; Amber Westing, Quitman; and Montrell Williams, Mineola. They were led by returning Youth Director, Diego Flores, from Quitman, who was elected to help direct the 2018 Youth Camp.
During ETREYS, Kayla Munger, won the $750 Juan D Nichols Scholarship and Nathan Underwood  was awarded the $750.00 Cooperative Scholarship. Kristen McMillan was chosen to represent WCEC at ETREYS 2019 as Youth Director.  
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Wood County Electric Cooperative (WCEC) prepares year-round to respond to events that can lead to power outages. We encourage members to prepare also. Having a plan can make ALL the difference in reducing the level of aggravation or anxiety experienced during a power outage.
While WCEC strives to provide uninterrupted service, circumstances beyond our control cause unplanned outages. Therefore, it is essential that each member has their own adequate backup plans. And as part of that plan, members should ensure their phone and email contact information is up to date with WCEC Member Services.
To verify that your account information is accurate please:
  1. Visit My Account @ wcec.org
  2. Select My Account tab
  3. Then Account Profile
  4. Enter updated information
  5. Select Submit 
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Safety Tips 
5 Steps for Safe Digging
Working on an outdoor project? Careless digging poses a threat to people, pipelines and underground facilities. Always call 8-1-1 first. Here are five easy steps for safe digging:
  1. NOTIFY: Call 8-1-1 or make a request online two to three days before your work begins. The operator will notify the utilities affected by your project.
  2. WAIT: Wait two to three days for affected utilities to respond to your request. They will send a locator to mark any underground utility lines.
  3. CONFIRM: Confirm that all affected utilities have responded to your request by comparing the marks to the list of utilities the 8-1-1 call center notified.
  4. RESPECT: Respect the markers provided by the affected utilities. The markers are your guide for the duration of your project.
  5. DIG CAREFULLY:If you can't avoid digging near the markers (within 18-24 inches on all sides), consider moving your project location. 

  For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consmer Tips
Energy Efficiency Tips 

To conserve energy look for LED products and fixtures for outdoor use, such as pathway, step and porch lights. Many include features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors. You can also find solar-powered lighting for outdoor spaces.  

For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center.