Area Students to Represent WCEC at ETREYS
Ten area high school students have been selected to represent WCEC at the East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS). These students will join approximately 130 East Texas High Schoolers, each sponsored by one of the nine East Texas electric cooperatives for a week-long camp held on the campus of East Texas Baptist University.  
ETREYS is a leadership camp designed to foster positive ideals, enhance leadership skills, and teach the cooperative philosophy. The ten students were selected based on their leadership positions in school activities, civic activities and letters of reference from their respective high schools.  
The 2019 WCEC Delegates are:
Each year a student, based on their demonstrated citizenship and leadership is selected by peer camp attendees to return the following year in a leadership role. Kristen McMillan from Winnsboro was selected as the Youth Director and will lead the 2019 ETREYS camp.
We're Prepared for Summer Storms
School is out and families are gearing up for a few months of relaxation. While summer brings much fun in the sun, it  can also bring the occasional severe storm. When power outages occur, WCEC is always ready to respond.
Most power outages are caused by damage to power lines from falling trees and branches. We work year-round continuously clearing right-of-way clearing-to reduce that risk.  
Despite our best efforts, damage can occur to substations, transmission systems or other equipment during major storms. When this happens, our first priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time.
We start by mobilizing our line crews and other critical staff.  Damage to transmission lines, which serve thousands of our members, are handled first. That's because these lines feed the distribution lines.   
WCEC's line crews also inspect substations to determine if the problem starts there or if there could be an issue  down the line. If the root of the problem is at the substation, power can be restored to a large number of members at once.
Next, line crews check the service lines that deliver power to neighborhoods and communities. Once lineworkers are able to repair those damaged lines, power can be restored there. If you continue to experience an outage, there may be damage to a service line outside of your home or business. Make sure you notify WCEC so crews can inspect and repair these lines.
We'll do our best to avoid power outages, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. In the event of an outage, the fastest and easiest ways to get trucks rolling is to call the high volume outage reporting hotline at 1-866-415-2951 or text your outage to
85700. (To text you must register.  Learn how at 
Whether dialing or texting, the system "recognizes" members by one of two things: 1.) their account number or; 2.) their phone number listed on the account. Therefore, it's critical for member information to be up-to-date so the system will "recognize" you and your account. Don't wait until a power outage to discover this easy and effective tool won't work for you. Call us today at 903-763-2203 to verify that your account is up-to-date.

 Safety Tips
 DIYers: Don't Mess With Electricity
Even the handiest of handymen shouldn't tinker with wires and fixtures, it's a good idea to hire a qualified, licensed electrician to do electrical work around your house.
An estimated 360,900 residential fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, causing an estimated 2,495 deaths, 13,250 injuries and $7 billion in property losses. The leading cause of the largest fires was electrical malfunction.
If those statistics don't convince you to hire an expert:
  • Learn as much about your home electrical system as possible so you will know how to maintain it safely.
  • Know your limitations. Do not start an electrical project that is beyond your skill level. Getting help from a pro could save your life and prevent a fire.
  • Turn off the power to the circuit that you will work on.
  • Unplug any appliance before you work on it.
  • Test wires to make sure the power has been turned off before you touch them.
 For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consumer Tips 
Energy Efficiency Tips 
Want to light up your outdoor space without increasing your energy use? Try outdoor solar lights! They're easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Remember, solar lights work best when the solar cells receive the manufacturer's recommended hours of sunlight.  
For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center .