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Holiday Greeting Card Contest

Arkansas Valley Electric is looking for elementary school students (K through Fifth grade) to submit a holiday card design.

The winning design will be used for the Official 2019 Arkansas Valley Holiday card! These cards are mailed to friends of AVECC, Legislators and businesses across the country!

In addition to having his/her artwork featured on this year’s Arkansas Valley Electric holiday card, the winning artist will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement as well as a $50 gift card.

The winning design will also be featured on our website and in Arkansas Living magazine.

Download an entry form, pick one up at any of our offices, or enter online.
Hurry! The deadline to enter is October 31st, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Holiday Card Design Contest Rules:

  1. All students from K through 5th grade are eligible to participate.
  2. Any medium or combination of media may be used, including line drawing, crayons, watercolor, oil, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk, etc.
  3. Submissions should be 8 ½” x 11” in size.
  4. One entry per student. A signed entry form is required.
  5. Artwork must be an original creation.
  6. Submissions can be in color or in black and white.
  7. Greetings may also be included with cover designs, but AVECC maintains the right to select the final greeting.
  8. Each entry must clearly indicate the student’s name, age, grade, teacher and school.
  9. The winning student’s name will appear on the card.
  10. Deadline for entries is October 31st, 2019.

Send entry forms and artwork to:

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative
Holiday Greeting Card
P.O. Box 47, Ozark, AR 72949

Holiday Card Design Contest Entry Form

  • By clicking submit, you agree to allow AVECC to use your child's design for Arkansas Valley Electric's 2019 Holiday Card.



Two area students win trip to Washington D.C.

Peyton Orrick  from Ozark and Madison Price of Charleston, are the recent winners of an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The two students were selected as winners of an interview contest sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Peyton is a Junior at Ozark High School and is the son of Brian and Andra Orrick. Peyton is first in his class, and he is in FBLA, Theatre/Drama Club, Stock Market Club, Social Studies Club, Beta Club and a member of the OHS golf team. He enjoys many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, trail riding and golf. Peyton is also a volunteer with the Special Olympics.  His future goals are to attend college, then work in Cyber security or become a Cryptographer.

Madison is the daughter of Shawn and Amanda Price. She is a Junior at County Line High School.  Madison is a member of the basketball team, and she is in the Beta Club, FFA, FBLA, an officer on the Student Council, and an honor student. Her hobbies include playing basketball and showing pigs.  She plans to attend the University of Arkansas and major in Agribusiness and minor in Political Science.

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 visit AVECC’s headquarters in Ozark and interview before a panel of judges. A record number of contest entries were received this year.

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.

AVECC Contractors – Where are they working?

Arkansas Valley Electric is working with several contract crews in the following areas:

Light Auditors – 

Light Auditors – 
Hartford Substation.

Light Auditors –
 Waldron Substation.

Light Auditors – 
Grand Prairie substation.

Light Auditors – 
Booneville Substation.

Underground – 
Crew working on Bill, Griffin, and Kevin Streets. Crew working on North Hills off of Rena Rd.

Ariel – (2) Crews working on interstate crossings near Dora and Lee Creek exits on I40. (1) Crew working on Rena Road.

Make Ready – 59 sub, areas around Old Uniontown and Pine Hollow Rds. Figure 5 sub, working in areas north of the office up Hwy 59 and Uniontown Hwy.

Roland sub, working all areas with Roland or Muldrow addresses. Oak Grove sub, southern part of Van Buren and west Kibler areas.

Right-of-way – John Hobbs sub, working around Hwy 282 in Rudy and north into Mountainburg and Chester.

Light auditors will be working around the Peter Pender and Carbon city substation area.

Underground – East Northridge Ridge Dr in Van Buren. This is part of the Legacy housing edition

Other Crews

Dora and Rena Rd
Old Uniontown and Pine Hollow Roads
North from Old Uniontown Road on 59 Hwy

Roland or Muldrowq
Hwy 282 in Rudy and north into Mountainburg and Chester

Small crew in Kibler area

Underground Construction Crews

Van Buren District
Red Oaks Drive area

12/17/18:  Joint Use Audit Inspectors

Ozark District
Puddin Ridge Substation:  Puddin Ridge, Hwy 64, Red Oak, Green Hollow, Adams, Cordell, Lille Lane, Powell, Wren Loop, Scenic View, Hornet Lane, White Oak. Mattie, Ivy Lane, Fair VIEW, Sandy Branch, Graf Old Hwy, Hickory Ridge, Sister Roads

Peter Pender substation:  Webb City, Hwy 96 Cecil areas

Waldron District
Booneville Substation:   Richardson, Jones, Weaver, Taylor, Hwy 23 north of Booneville, Hwy 116, Brewer, Davis, Cotton, Leftwich, Dogwood, Branch, Lakeview, Glover Daniels, Coulter Mountain, Koke Mountain, Northridge, Byers, Todd, R&R, Pisgah Mountain, Circle T Road, Bollie Stafford, Burton, Six Mile, Downs, Magnolia, Backbone, Long, Ray Davis, Barnhill Cemetery

Booneville Substation:  Barber ridge, Roy Franks, Zomes, Glendale, Vernon Hill, Dizzy Dean, James, Blythe, ECHO, Pine Log, Morgan, French Prairie, Page roads

Hartford Substation:  Hwy 96, Center Point, Happy Valley, Dalmutt, Gillham, Mountain VIEW, Cherokee Ridge, Railway, Ranz, Pine Lake, Lake Shore, Highlands, Lana, Chocoville, Byers, Johnnie Cake, Hwy 378, Rock, Creek, Henley, RELIEF, Rosewood, Tut hill Roads

Hartford Substation:  Patterson, Shiloh, Mountain View, Harmony Roads

Waldron substation:  Hwy 71 south of Waldron.

12/3/18:  Joint Use Audit Inspectors

Ozark District
Clarksville – Hwy 21 north
Peter Pender substation – Webb City, Hwy 96 Cecil areas

Pocola District
Hackett Substation – Bethel Road, Sebastian Lake Estates, Bear hollow Estates, Hwy 45 from Bethel Road to Shear wood, Bear Hollow road, South Fork Lane
Neff metering station

Waldron District
Greenwood substation – Leflure road to Mt. Harmony  to center street to 96 hwy. Witcherville road to Mt. Harmony to Milltown road, White Oak road, Hwy 252, Gray wolf, Pedro, Old Hwy 10. Witcherville road west, Roberts lane, Clark Chapel, Hwy 71, Coker, Young Ridge road, Watson, Palestine, Vineyard creek, Hendrix
Hwy 71 south of Waldron.

11/26/18:  Joint Use Pole Auditors

Van Buren District:
Crawford county is complete.

Ozark District:
Clarksville Substation north of Ozone/Oark area

Peter Pender Substation north on HWY 23 to Webb City on Hwy 96 west from Hwy 23 to Brazil road including Bridgeport Estates.

Pocola District:
Hackett substation east of the sub on Mt. Zion road to hwy 71 to Walmart, Denver Street, Center Street, Indian Hills addition, Grandview Addition, Webster Oaks Subdivision, Crooked Creek, Woodland Addition

Hackett substation west of the sub on Mt. Zion to Oklahoma border and South on Hwy 40.  To included Jensen Rd and Hwy to west of Hackett.

Waldron District:
Waldron substation Hwy 71, to Hwy 248, west  Sugar Grove road,  Jones road, Lucy road, Walker Mountain road these are all in Scott county

Beginning soon – Greenwood substation this will be from the substation going north on Lafleur road to Mount Harmony road.  To Burnsville road to hwy 10

Hwy 10 from best road to Milltown road

Mount Harmony road from Lafleur road go east to Withcherville road


From Alma area north or HWY 64 into Dean Springs, Dow Jones, Belmont, and Graffic areas.

South of Lowes in Van Buren to HWY 282 and Bond Special / Zion Rd intersection. Also, from Pointer Trail to 24th Street, across the interstate and back up HWY 282.

Finishing up areas from Pevehouse Rd and west up Dora Rd to the AR/OK state line and starting HWY 59 substation. Areas will include everything north of the interstate up HWY  59 to the Figure Five area and west up Old Uniontown and Pine Hollow Rds.

Finishing up Roland substation, working near the AR/OK state line and Saddleback Edition.

Continue to work Oak Grove substation, east of 40th Street in Van Buren to west of Clear Creek Rd in Kibler. North from Old Concord to south areas around Hollis Lake.

10/30/18:  Light inspectors will be working in the Clarksville area starting on Thursday 11/1.

9/11/18:  Every substation in the Crawford County area has contractors working through them at this point.

9/7/18:  Light inspectors are now working in the Figure Five area. Joint Use auditors are working in the Cedarville, Uniontown, Cove City and Mountainburg areas.

9/5/18:  Joint use pole audits around the Pine Hollow, Uniontown, Natural Dam, and Cedarville areas.

Pole inspection crews working around the Alma area this week.

Tree service crews will be working around Dora Road, Parks Ridge addition, and Pevehouse Road in Van Buren over the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-468-2176.

Advance Smart Grid Project

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation (AVECC) announces the launch of its Advance Smart Grid Project. AVECC will soon begin 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.

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, 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 and click on “energy efficiency”.

For more information please contact:

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

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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.


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.

Report Outage

Smartphone App


Report Outage

Online Member Service Portal