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FEC Meets Challenges of Hurricane Harvey: Crews battled flooding, pelting rain to restore power in the wake of Harvey

The catastrophic weather that swept across Fayette Electric Cooperative’s service territory early Saturday morning as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival resulted in widespread power outages for members of the cooperative. At noon on Tuesday, Fayette EC’s five crews and four contractor crews had worked 117 outages that affected 6,246 meters throughout the co-op’s service territory during the storm. 

Triple-digit temperatures in July and August result in increased energy consumption for FEC members

As we endure the last days of the August heat, members of Fayette Electric Cooperative will probably notice the effects of the higher temperatures that we experienced in the last 30 days.  Since July 26, La Grange has recorded 22 days with triple digit temperatures. 

PAY ATTENTION TO GENERATOR SAFETY

Portable electric generators offer great benefits when outages affect your home, but when they aren’t properly connected and operated, they can be hazardous to the public and the line crews working to restore power. 

“Portable generators are great for temporary use to provide light, refrigeration, and cooking with a hot plate until utility crews can complete repairs to a power system,” said Gary Don Nietsche, general manager of Fayette Electric Cooperative. 

FEC, CoBank Award Two Grants

Concern for Community is one of the cooperative principles.  In July, Fayette Electric Cooperative, in partnership with CoBank, put that principle to work and made $5,000 donations to two area not-for-profit organizations. 

These donations were all made possible through CoBanks’s Sharing Success Charitable Contribution Program, through which CoBank matches a one-time annual donation of up to $5,000 that Fayette EC makes to nonprofit organizations. 

FEC Pays Tribute to Past

The celebration of Fayette Electric Cooperative’s upcoming 80th anniversary brought approximately 950 people – members and guests – to the Knights of Columbus Community Center in La Grange on the evening of July 19 for the Annual Membership Meeting. 

After member-owners registered, they visited the booths that displayed historic facts and pictures in an “80 Facts for 80 Years” display.  Members of the Fayette County 4-H clubs served homemade cookies, anniversary cake, lemonade, coffee and bottled water. 

FEC to Host Annual Meeting

Fayette Electric Cooperative members are invited to the co-op’s annual meeting Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in La Grange. The meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Community Center located at 190 South Brown St. Members who register between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. will receive a $10 energy credit, and have an opportunity to win one of many attendance door prizes that will be given during the meeting. 

Once registered, members can try their hand at the Lineman Skills Challenge, the Putting Green and the Plinko game for a chance to win additional prizes. 

FEC Promotes Electric Safety in Schulenburg

How do you create awareness about something that is silent, invisible, odorless, tasteless, powerful, and is used every day everywhere in the home, school and workplace? 

As part of their summer reading and educational program, the Schulenburg Public Library hosted employees of Fayette Electric Cooperative with a lesson on electric safety.  With a creative approach and assistance from their props, FEC Lineman Barrett Hendrix and Marketing & Training Coordinator Catherine Poppe talked to the children about electricity and electric safety.

Youth Tour Delegates Return from DC: Cooperative-sponsored week in DC proves to be trip of a lifetime for teens

“Breathtaking” and “Awe-Inspiring” are just two words that Kaleigh Blaschke from Schulenburg High School, and Colton Roscher from La Grange High School used upon returning home from the 2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, a weeklong trip in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Fayette Electric Cooperative. 

Hallettsville Sixth Grade Students Become Energy-Wise with PowerHouse

Does using a microwave instead of a range or oven save energy?  What is the most efficient light bulb for a workroom?  What can make a room feel cooler without making an electric bill too high? 

Answers to these and other energy-use questions were the focus of a recent PowerHouse ™  Energy Investigation presentation at Hallettsville Junior High School.  Students in Hunter Hlavaty’s sixth grade class now have answers to help them use energy wisely and save their families money on their electric bills.

Severe Weather Affects Members of Fayette Electric Cooperative

Gary Don Nietsche, General Manager at Fayette Electric Cooperative, reported that damaging winds from a cold front coupled with an upper level disturbance that passed through the Cooperative’s service territory on Tuesday evening, wreaked havoc in the northeastern part of the cooperative’s service territory.  Substantial wind damage was noted northeast of La Grange, in the Nechanitz, Walhalla, Fayetteville, Willow Springs and New Ulm areas.  High winds in these areas caused trees, tin and limbs to be blown onto the lines resulting in downed power lines and power outages.  “We

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