The pioneering Co-op members of the 1930s and 1940s hold a special place in our history and hearts. Generations later, we are proud to serve you, the Co-op members of today, and we look forward to a future of serving the Cooperative members of tomorrow.
Keeping your Cooperative’s electrical distribution system strong and reliable requires regular maintenance and upgrades, to ensure reliability today and for future generations of Co-op members. The engineering and operations departments had several special projects in 2016, including updating the Huntsville substation and installing a primary line over Highway 190 west of Livingston. Each project benefits our membership. We’ve also been working near Shepherd to increase the electrical load power lines in the area can safely and reliably carry.
Stewardship of our environment is important to us. That’s why we have had renewable energy in our power generation mix for many years, and we are adding more hydroelectric power and wind energy. We are also researching the feasibility of community-scale solar energy as well. While renewable energy has many benefits, we are always mindful of the bottom line, and we commit Co-op resources only when it makes sense and benefits our members.
The R.C. Thomas Hydroelectric Project at Lake Livingston is being constructed by East Texas Electric Cooperative, our generation and transmission provider. The R.C. Thomas Project will be completed in 2019 and will provide 24 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for generations to come.
It doesn’t stop at the edge of our service territory. Our goal is to keep your electricity safe, reliable and affordable. It’s critical that our elected officials in Austin and Washington hear from us as they make decisions that impact our ability to continue that mission.
Along with our generation and transmission provider, East Texas Electric Cooperative, we continue to pursue a diversified energy portfolio, including renewable resources. We believe in building and investing in projects that protect us during potential major outages and provide the kind of power needed for the future. Our goal is to provide reliable, economical power to our members at competitive rates.
Diversified renewables were incorporated into our generation resources in 2016. Sam Houston EC now receives approximately 8 megawatts of low cost wind generation from Oklahoma. And we have begun evaluating the feasibility of community solar.
Regardless of the source, your board will not pursue any power generation, unless it is cost-effective and beneficial for our membership and future growth.
Sam Houston Electric Cooperative is recognized as a leader in grid security and ensuring a safe, secure electrical distribution system for our members.
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