Closed for Good Friday

We will be closed Friday, March 30, for Good Friday. You may still pay your bill online by clicking “online bill pay”. As always our crews will be on call should an outage occur. We will open at normal hours on Monday, April 2.


Outstanding Checks Go Unclaimed

Lamar Electric Cooperative is attempting to locate former members who have not cashed checks issued before March 2017. The checks are for deposits, final bill refunds or membership fees. “Many of these checks go unclaimed because members fail to provide us with a forwarding address. These checks are returned to us by the postal service,” said Director of Communications, Katie Morris. Lamar Electric is only allowed to hold funds for a certain amount of time, and is required by law to send unclaimed money to the state of Texas. If the refund check is not claimed at Lamar Electric in the next couple of months, a person will need to file a claim with the state of Texas in order to receive their refund. A full list of names is available below. This list is also available at our office or on our website www.lamarelectric.coop. Should your name appear on the list or if you are the legal heir to the estate of an account, whose name is on the list, please contact Lamar Electric at 903-784-4303 to claim your refund.

 

$   25.00 APPLEGATE, CHRISTI A
 $ 127.03 BOLES, KOURTNEY LYNN
 $      5.00 BOZEMAN, WANDA L
 $   25.00 CARSON, ANGELA M
 $ 100.03 CLARK, JAMES H
 $   18.70 COOK, NEWT
 $   23.29 DAUGHERTY, KRYSTAL S
 $   25.00 DUNCAN ACRE
 $   50.00 EVANS, SHELLY D
 $ 138.41 FRANK, JOSHUAE
 $      5.00 GEORGE, S R
 $      5.13 GRIFFIN, AMY LYNN
 $      6.14 GRIMES, LYLE HASSELL
 $ 197.93 HALE, ARRON D
 $   47.41 HALL, SARA ELIZABETH
 $ 112.93 HILLERMAN, GEOFFREY D
 $   23.83 JUSTICE, JENNIFER L
 $   25.00 LOLLAR, DALE T
 $   36.02 LOYD, JERRY E
 $      6.03 MAYS, RONALD D
 $   12.98 MCDERMOTT, DALTON Q
 $   18.62 MCGUYER, JIMMIE O
 $   24.55 MCKENZIE, JERRY E
 $   25.00 PETERS, STEVEN D
 $   20.32 PETTIT, JOHN GRADY
 $   24.33 POLO, MARCO E
 $   76.16 RAULSTON, ANDRA ASHLEY
 $   25.00 REESE, KATHIE H
 $ 194.61 REYNOLDS, CANDICE R
 $ 144.78 RODRIGUEZ, JOEL S
 $      5.00 SANDERS, MILDRED
 $   25.00 SHULL, J P
 $   10.00 SMITH, NELLIE A
 $   51.30 SPARKS, HEATHER A
 $   96.68 STEFFENSON, TESSA MARIE
 $ 110.43 TAYLOR, CHRISTY RUTH
 $ 225.97 TAYLOR, TARA
 $   25.00 UNDERWOOD, SHAWNEE L
 $   85.86 VASQUEZ, TONY WAYNE
 $ 205.70 WARD, ANGELA C
 $      5.00 WHITE, GEORGE
 $   25.00 WINSTON, HENRY H

 

 


Out of Power? Just Text Us!

When a big wind storm blows through or something happens that causes a major electric line outage, our telephones light up. When several hundred people all try calling at the same time, many will get a busy signal. We now have another way to report outages. Just Text us. Texting is faster and an easier way to report your power outage to. If many folks report their outage by text, those calling in their outage will have a better chance of getting through the first time. We know there are many members that do not Text. By reducing the phone calls, the non-texting folks will be able to communicate with us much quicker.

To sign up for outage texting or to manage your outage texting prefrences CLICK HERE

To learn more about outage texting, visit our outage texting page.


Severe Cold Weather Causes Outages

Lamar Electric reported that temperatures in some of their service area was as low as 5 degrees at ground level, which is a 20 year record and is the underlying cause for about 700 people being out of power in the North West part of Lamar County.  The areas affected were Sumner, Hopewell, Emberson, Unity, Direct, Forest Chapel, Belk, Georgia and Maxey.

Lamar Electric General Manager, Jerry Williams said “Normal cold weather is anticipated and the electric system is constructed to handle very cold and very hot weather.”  He said “The weather the last two days revealed an area that was able to increase their load well above normal in a very short time and exceeded the settings on the main Feeder Breaker at the substation, near Brookston.”   “The very cold weather created a situation where, simultaneously residential customers turned on more appliances (like space heaters and ovens used to heat houses) than had ever been turned on in an area that has experienced growth in residential and commercial load.”  “In a normal situation, if load or a short caused a circuit to have more amperage than expected, the OCB (Oil Circuit Breaker) would open and isolate the area so appropriate repairs or system upgrades could be done.”  “In this case the oil in the breakers on the main lines was so cold the breakers could not operate; which caused the Gas Operated Breaker (SF6 Gas) at the substation to open.”  The severe cold weather is forecasted to move out of Lamar County in the next day or so and Williams said he did not expect there to be any problems later in the week.

Williams reported that Lamar has been monitoring this part of their system and are in the middle of implementing plans to expand the ability to serve more load in this area.  They report that bids have already been received for a second substation transformer that will be installed at the Brookston substation, which will allow the feeders going north to be broken down into more circuits with breakers serving less load downstream of each breaker.


Winter Weather Advisory – Monday 1/15

Jerry speaking with employees

An arctic cold front is in the forecast for our service area this evening. The chances of freezing rain, sleet and snow have increased over the past few days. We are monitoring the weather and are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.

Our crews are aware of the expectation of the winter weather and are prepared to begin battling outages if necessary. Pictured here is our General Manager, Jerry Williams, meeting with employees to discuss a plan of action should weather become imminent.

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