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AVECC announces the launch of Advance Smart Grid Project

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation (AVECC) announces the launch of its Advance Smart Grid Project. AVECC will soon began deploying technology and equipment that will meet the increasing need for communicating with electrical distribution equipment throughout the cooperative’s system. Advance Smart Grid tools are intelligent and interactive which will allow the cooperative to measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control virtually every aspect of the electrical distribution infrastructure.

“Having access to real time data with our system will help us design and plan for more efficient distribution systems, which will ultimately save members money and provide greater reliability,” said AVECC CEO, Al Simpson.

The initial project focus will be the construction of a fiber optic cable network to interconnect substations and offices.  When completed, the high-speed communications system will have the capacity and bandwidth capabilities for collecting and sharing power system information and data in virtual real time.

A secondary purpose of the project is to eventually provide ultra-high-speed internet access to AVECC’s consumer / members.  The 100% fiber-optic network will provide countless benefits for its members and community in terms of education, healthcare, economic development, quality of life and more.

Fiber optic cable internet will allow upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit – 200 times faster than the current national average.

“High bandwidth, low cost and reliable power are three things that can make a community more attractive to perspective business. AVECC is committed to providing low cost and affordable electricity to members and improving the quality of life of the communities we serve. This project will allow us to do both.” Said Simpson.

Two area students win trip to Washington D.C.

Colin Keady from Alma and Emily Staton of Magazine, are the recent winners of an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The two students were selected as winners of an essay contest sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Colin is a Junior at Alma High School and is the son of Steven and Marla Keady. He is DECA club Vice President, Chair of his school’s Teenage Republicans, Junior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, Crawford County Junior Fair Board, ACT 30+ club, Math club, a Boy’s State delegate, and winner of the 110% Principal’s Award. Colin’s hobbies include collecting bicycle card decks, politics, volunteering and emceeing events. His future goals are to attend the University of Arkansas, major in Political Science and minor in Broadcasting. He hopes to become a political commentator and eventually enter into political service.

Emily is the daughter of Joe and Carrie Staton. She is a Junior at Magazine High School. Emily is Junior class President, President of 4-H and FFA, MHS Cheer Captain, plays Second Base on the Varsity Softball team, Student Council Secretary, Beta Club Parliamentarian, a member of FBLA, FCA, and the Youth Congressional Cabinet. Her main hobbies center around her interest in Agriculture. Her future goals are the attend college and earn a degree that will help her work with disabled children or in the public relations field. Eventually she would like to become involved in politics.

Each year, a contest is held for high school juniors whose parents or guardians are members of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation. For this year’s contest, the students were asked to write an essay on “Why I Would Be a Good Youth Tour Representative.” A panel of judges selected the two winners from the entries submitted.

These students, along with about 40 other Arkansas youth, will travel to Washington D.C. Upon arrival, they will join thousands of other youth from across the United States to tour the city’s landmarks. The purpose of the Youth Tour is to educate the students about our country and the rural electrification program in order to provide a better understanding of our form of government and the value of rural electric cooperatives.

Text To Pay – It’s Easy

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative is offering a new, secure way to make a payment…texting!

Available 24/7, this feature is free and enrolling is simple.

  • First, verify the mobile number and payment profile you will be using is associated with your account. Go to avecc.com, click “Pay My Bill” then choose receive text alerts.
  • Next, text the word start to 352667 and follow the prompts.
  • You can check your balance, pay the full amount or make a partial payment. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation number so you can have peace of mind your transaction was completed.

Although the optional text messaging services are currently offered free of charge, you understand that you are responsible for meeting all Mobile Device system requirements and for all associated costs and expenses, including, without limitation, all fees you may incur for data transfers and as a result of receiving text messages from AVECC on your Mobile Device.

The optional Text Messaging service is offered as a courtesy only. AVECC is not responsible for any technical or other difficulties or errors that may arise in connection with the service, or that may prevent messages from being sent or received.

Model Home

Energy Efficient Premier Model Home

The 2014 Premier Model Home was a big success!  Over 1,500 people toured the home at Chaffee Crossing in three days between May 30th and June 1st.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by.  The event was sponsored by Arkansas Valley Electric and Cobblestone Homes.  Arkansas Valley Member Service Manager, Greg Davis, said “The Model Home is a chance for us to demonstrate the latest in residential energy efficiency by working with a builder who understands and uses the latest in energy building practices, technology and products. Because of the airtight construction and geothermal heating and cooling we believe the average family will be able to heat and cool this home for less than $50.00 a month.”

A few of the energy efficient features of the home are:

  • Smart home features including lighting control, audio/video control, comfort, security control and digital energy monitoring.
  • Heated interior floors.
  • Marathon electric water heater.
  • Heat pump water heater with AC recapture system.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Low-E windows.

In addition to being very energy efficient, the approximately  3,000 Square foot home features a theater room with 96” projection screen, outdoor living center with built-in BBQ and an elegant kitchen with walk-in pantry.  If you want more information on the Premier Model Home or ideas for how to save energy and money for your house, go to our website at avecc.com and click on “energy efficiency”.

For more information please contact:

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation
P.O. Box 47
Ozark, AR
(800) 468-2176

Visit http://www.stoneshireatchaffee.com/ or on Facebook

AVECC Launches Solar Facility

AVECC Switches on the sun to provide long-term savings for cooperative members.

Van Buren, Ark. – September 30, 2016 – Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark officially switched on a 500,000-watt solar array today.  Arkansas Valley partnered with Today’s Power Inc. — a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. to build the array on 1.5 acres at the cooperative’s Van Buren District Office.

“By harvesting energy from the sun we will be able to provide cost savings by reducing the demand for wholesale power, assist in peak shaving and help stabilize capacity in high-use periods. With a decline in solar prices the last few years and after-tax installed cost, the time was right for the for this facility.” “Our Ten K Solar REFLECT 26 photo-voltaic system is very efficient and requires much less land than other solar array energy options,” said Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, CEO Al Simpson.

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative also plans to use the 1,530-panel solar project as a demonstration and education tool for its members and general public.

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Report Outages from Anywhere

Now you can report an outage from our
Member Service Portal or Smartphone App!

Just login to your account from your PC or smartphone. Enter/confirm your contact phone number, confirm that your power is out, add any comments that might help us restore your power (pole down, tree on line, etc.) and click “Report Outage”. From the Smartphone App, you also have the option to “Request for Callback” if you would like to be notified when the power comes back on.

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Smartphone App

 

Report Outage

Online Member Service Portal

 

Paperless Billing

No more misplaced bills and cluttergoPaperless with paperless billing from Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative!

It’s easy, convenient and FREE. No more keeping up with paper bills, checks, or stamps. Receive your bill by mail or email.

Using Online Pay with Paperless Billing:

  • Receive monthly email bill notices through e-bill
  • Safe and secure – all online transactions are processed securely
  • Pay with one-time credit card or through your checking account
  • Payments are made immediately; no more worrying about mailing in your payment

For even more convenience, sign up for paperless billing with automatic bank or credit card draft and stop worrying about due dates!

To setup e-bill or if you have any questions about paperless billing, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-468-2176 Option 3.

Setup e-bill online at https://ebill.avecc.com/oscp/OnlineServices/FeaturesLogin/tabid/134/Default.aspx. Login to your account and click the “My Account” tab, then select “E-Notifications” from the drop-down menu, and click “E-Bill”.

Associated topics:  View My Bill Online and Alerts and Reminders.

Join Our Mailing List

Join our mailing list and receive our award winning e-newsletter, Willie’s World, every month in your inbox. You also have the option to sign up to receive outage updates during major or prolonged outages.

You may also sign up by texting “MyEnergyAVECC” to 22828!