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Scammers Targetting Co-op Members

OCEC has received notification that scammers are calling some of our customers demanding payments or their electric service will be disconnected. The most recent callers stated that the member needed to purchase a gift card from Family Dollar to pay with in order to avoid being shut off.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House for New Solar Facility

On February 26, 2018, the Carrizozo Solar Facility was declared commercially operational, substantially completing construction of the single largest solar project for any distribution cooperative in New Mexico.  OCEC Members can now receive 3 Megawatts (MW) of solar energy from the solar farm sited between Capitan and Carrizozo. With over 20 acres of solar panels, just west of the US-380/NM-37 junction, the project is hard to miss.

Power Outage Affects OCEC Customers

June 7, 2017

Otero County Electric Cooperative was hit hard by a thunderstorm that swept through Lincoln County last night causing damage to a transmission line. Two structures on the sole-line providing power to both the Capitan and Carrizozo substations were torn down in the high winds that accompanied the rain and hail yesterday afternoon.

OCEC Implements Measures to Help Prevent Fires

Spring time in New Mexico usually brings high winds, warmer temperatures and dry conditions.Unfortunately, that also brings about an increased fire danger for most of the service territory. OCEC operations personnel have implemented some enhanced safety measures in response to these conditions in an effort to ensure that electrical equipment damage or repair efforts does not contribute to the current fire danger.

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