Dear Members,
We at Wood County Electric Cooperative strive to meet your energy needs by providing member-owners of the cooperative, with safe, reliable and affordable electricity.
Unlike other utility providers, our business is based locally, where our board members, managers and employees, along with our families and friends, live and work. Your cooperative invests in the electrical and community infrastructure needed to provide you with a great quality of life.
Together, fossil fuels and renewable energy sources can produce a power supply that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible. Our approach to meeting your energy needs is an "all-of-the-above" strategy, where no option is taken off the table, to produce a cost-effective and reliable power supply that WCEC member-owners can afford.
Laws and regulations from Austin and Washington, D.C., directly affect our ability to meet your energy needs. Flawed mandates can be particularly harmful to member owned cooperatives like ours.
We ask that you consider joining your Texas Cooperative Action Network. You can stay up to date on pressing state and federal issues affecting your electric bill by completing the information form and returning it with your monthly statement. You may also visit to sign up for the network online.
Signing up is free, and we won't send you any excess information. Most important, we'll never share your private information with a third party.
Like a good neighbor, WCEC will keep you informed and suggest opportunities for you to take action through the Texas Cooperative Action Network, when needed, to help protect your quality of life.
Together, we're stronger.
In Your Service,
Debbie Robinson, CEO/General Manager
Wood County Electric Cooperative
$25K in College Scholarships to be Awarded
WCEC is currently accepting applications from area students interested in applying for scholarship money for college or trade school.  For 2017, there will be ten $2,000 scholarships for high school students available and one $5,000 electrical engineering scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must be members or dependents of active WCEC members. 
For the high school students applicants must complete an official WCEC application that includes academic standing certified by a school official, two letters of reference along with an essay. In the 500-word-or-under essay, the applicant should describe themselves including current interests, educational, professional and personal goals, and describe why they have chosen their particular field of study. The judging panel will give weight to the essay, academic achievements, civic participation and extracurricular participation.  For those awarded a scholarship, funds will be paid directly to the college or trade school.

The one $5,000 electrical engineering scholarship is available for a college Junior that has already been accepted and is enrolled into an accredited electrical engineering program.  This recipient must be an active member or a dependent of an active WCEC member, and must submit a 1,000-word-or-less topical essay outlining major challenges they believe to be facing the electric industry in the future.  Funds for this scholarship will be split evenly between the Junior and Senior years and will be paid directly to the college.

These programs are funded entirely by unclaimed capital credit payments returned to WCEC by the state of Texas.  All entries must be received at WCEC headquarters by April 7, 2017.  Late entries will not be considered. 
To enter, students can pick up an application at WCEC headquarters at 501 S. Main Street in Quitman, or download it from under the community tab.

Safety Tips  

  For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consumer Tips
Energy Efficiency Tips 
A crackling fire in the hearth warms the heart, but these energy saving tips will keep the heat from spreading to your electric bill.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly--approximately 1 inch--and close doors leading into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Caulking around the fireplace hearth.

For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center.