Central Electric was established March 29, 1940. Today, CEC maintains thousands of miles of overhead and underground lines which provide electricity to 31,733 accounts.
The 1949 CEC line crew with John Norlin, CEC general manager, at left. To Norlin's left are George Wolfe, an unidentified BPA inspector, A.L. Chaplin, Pete Sturza, Marvin Cook, Merrill Cooper, E.A. "Butch" Sturza, L.A. "Leck" Skeen, Weldon "Slim" Hix, Dean Weaver, Jim Abbot, E.R. "Bud" Smith, and Clarence Kimball.
What is Central Electric Cooperative?
|CEC is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned corporation operated for the benefit of YOU.|
|CEC is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected from the membership. Annual meetings are held on the 2nd Friday in April.|
|CEC must reinvest earnings in excess of operating expenses OR return "profits" to its members in the form of "capital credits" or dividends.|
Mileposts in CEC History
|1940||Rural residents file Articles of Association with State of Oregon for Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.; elect nine charter members for board of directors; capitalize the company with $244,000 from Rural Electrification Administration.|
|1941||Board Chairman Carl H. Baker throws switch at Deschutes Junction Substation, energizing 11 Redmond area farms.|
|1949||To help finance lines, poles and transformer infrastructure, CEC implements Capital Credits Plan, still in effect today.|
|1956||Election of board of directors changed from "at large" selection to representation based on geographic districts reflective of communities served.|
|1962||Oregon Public Utility Commission approves Central Electric service territory boundaries, resolving differences over exclusivity with Pacific Power & Light.|
|1977||Redmond Chamber of Commerce gives Community Improvement Award to CEC for co-op's new Redmond headquarters campus.|
|1978||CEC initiates energy conservation program, later expanded to Home Energy Efficiency Program in 1982, which is still in effect today.|
|1995||CEC and 11 other cooperative members of Power Resources Cooperative build and operate 2.5 megawatt Coffin Butte landfill gas-to-electricity renewable energy facility; expanded in 2007 to 5.66 megawatts.|
|2001||CEC achieves a 60-year record low for power outage time per member-18 minutes, 31 seconds per customer.|
|2010||Capital Credits repaid to members exceeds $13 million.|
|2010||Launched three-year program to install Advanced Metering Infrastructure across CEC system.|
|2012||Capital Credits repaid to members since 1958 exceed $16 million.|
|2012||Completes conversion of 31,696 electro-mechanical meters to new advanced meters below budget and ahead of schedule.|