Students Selected to Represent
WCEC at Youth Seminar
Ten area high school students have been selected to represent WCEC at the East Texas 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 2017 WCEC Delegates are Diego Flores, Quitman; Hallee Griffin, Mineola; Mikayla Hubbard, Quitman; Marshall Rogers, Winnsboro; TyLik Simon, Winnsboro; Jordan Stanford, Winnsboro; Molly Tanner, Quitman; Jozie Taylor, Lindale; Tori Thomas, Harmony; and Brenley von Reyn, Quitman.

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. Marcus Tucker from Winnsboro was selected as the Youth Director and will lead the 2017 ETREYS camp.

Congratulations James Roberts

After over 38 years as a dedicated employee of Wood County Electric Cooperative, James Roberts retired on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
In 1979 James began his WCEC career on a Right-of-Way crew. After moving to a line crew he progressed to become a first class Lineman.

In 1998 he was named the Serviceman for the Lake Fork area. As a Serviceman, James was the first to receive trouble-calls. He's answered hundreds of "wee-hour" call-outs, no matter the weather or the hour. James has been a hardworking and effective trouble-shooter, and has worked proactively to ensure power quality and availability.
James is a lifelong resident of the Alba and Yantis region. Together, he and his wife Carolyn have two children, Cindy and Stephanie, and four grandchildren.
In his fully deserved retirement, all of us at the cooperative wish him contentment, as well as the time to richly enjoy his family, his horses, and his love of guide fishing.

Safety Tips  
Make Room for Roadside Crews
When the power goes out, so do Wood County Electric Cooperative's restoration crews.
Line workers quickly hit the road after an outage occurs, and once in the troubled region, they'll slowly "ride the line" to identify the issue and get power quickly restored.  Then, once the issue is found, often times the bulk of that restoration work will take place roadside. 
If you see one of our line crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move into the far lane if safety and traffic conditions allow. If moving over is not an option, please just slow down when approaching roadside crews.
Just as important as line workers, you also may also encounter our Right-of-Way crews.  These are the workers that trim the trees and brush away from the power lines and equipment to better ensure reliability. Please "give them a break" too. 
And, as we all know, emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and EMTs, can often be found working near busy roadways. Texas law requires drivers to either vacate the lane closest to a stopped emergency vehicle or slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph. There's plenty of room on the road for everyone. Let's work together to keep our local roadways and all of our essential workers safe.

  For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consumer Tips
Energy Efficiency Tips 
Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked with lent or leaves and that the vent flap is operating properly. A blocked dryer vent is a fire hazard and also causes the dryer to run longer using more electricity. Also, manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material - not plastic vents that can collapse and cause blockages.

For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center.