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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.

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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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.

NO More Credit Card Fees

No one likes being charged a credit card “convenience fee” when paying their electric bill including us.  That’s why Arkansas Valley Electric worked an agreement with the company that processes our credit and debit card payments that allows you to pay your bill and no longer be charged a fee.

Through this arrangement we can now accept Visa and MasterCard only. No other credit or debit cards will be accepted.   There is also a maximum credit/debit card payment of $1,200.00 per member number per month.

Paying by phone, in person, online, credit card draft, remote payment kiosk or by the AVECC mobile App all just got easier and less expensive.

New Member Survey

To help improve our service to you, new Arkansas Valley Electric members may receive a “New Member Survey” via mail. Please return the survey in the postage-paid envelope or to save time and money, complete the survey online (follow directions included with the survey).

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Questions? Please contact Member Services at 1-800-468-2176.

Federal Tax Credits

Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency

Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which was signed in February 2018, a number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency that had expired at the end of 2016 were renewed. Tax credits for non-business energy property are now available retroactive to purchases made through December 31, 2017.  Tax credits for all residential renewable energy products have been extended through December 31, 2021.

http://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

Tax Credits for Solar Energy Systems