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Emergency Preparation Supplies Tax Free this Weekend

Hurricane season is right around the corner, and if you need to buy a few things to prepare, this weekend is a great time. April 28-30, you can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax-free. There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, however, there is a limit on how much you can spend on each qualifying item.

SPEC Offers HALO-Flight Membership for $1 per Month

Peace of mind for just $1 per month may sound too good to be true, but for residential members of San Patricio Electric Cooperative it’s a possibility. Our members are eligible for a discounted membership rate with HALO-Flight, a non-profit air ambulance service.

SPEC Achieves GE Safety Award 3 Years Running

San Patricio Electric Cooperative was awarded the GE Safety Achievement Award for the third year running at Texas Electric Cooperative’s Loss Control Conference in March. SPEC is the only cooperative that has ever earned this award for three consecutive years.

Honoring Those Who Keep the Lights On

Help wanted: Applicants must be comfortable working 40 feet in the air for long hours in all types of weather and dangerous conditions while providing excellent customer service.

That doesn’t sound like a job many of us would sign up for, but fortunately for San Patricio Electric Cooperative and its members, we have a team of folks who embrace that challenge—our linemen.

SPEC Scholarship Applications Due April 2

The April 2 deadline for San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s scholarship program is quickly approaching. All applications must be in our office by 5 p.m. on that date.

If you’re planning to mail in your scholarship application, please allow ample time for the information to be delivered by April 2. Late applications will not be considered.

Possible Breach for Members Paying by Mail

Our financial institution, Frost Bank, notified us of a security breach to their lockbox banking system. At this time, they are not sure of the extent of the breach, but have said it’s possible that SPEC’s lockbox was accessed.

This potential breach to our lockbox would only affect members who make check payments by mail.

Don’t Trim Trees Near Power Lines

Trimming trees near power lines is a dangerous job that should be left to the professionals. Never attempt to trim trees near your power lines yourself. If you notice a tree branch that’s too close to a line, call San Patricio Electric Cooperative to report it.

SPEC Announce Youth Tour Recipients

Two area students will travel to Washington, D.C. this June, courtesy of San Patricio Electric Cooperative. Kayla Rutkowski, a junior at Skidmore-Tynan High School, and Rebekah Halepaska, a senior at Orange Grove High School, entered and won SPEC’s essay contest, earning them the opportunity to attend the Government-in-Action Youth Tour.

Appeal of Electric Vehicles Gaining Momentum

Electric vehicles may not be widely used today, but there’s no doubt the technology is finding a foothold around the world. The push for greater mileage in terms of MPG that began in the second half of the last century has been joined by the push for greater miles per charge. As a result, automakers are creating more electric and hybrid vehicles.

Make Room for Roadside Crews

When the power goes out, so do San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s line crews. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve.

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