Utility Phone Scams in Northeast Wisconsin

Phone Scam Warning

In this recent case, a caller claiming to be from WE Energies contacted a customer and demanded immediate cash payment to avoid disconnection. The caller indicated that the disconnection was irreversible unless cash was immediately provided. Upon checking with WE Energies, this certainly is NOT them making the calls.

If you receive this call and would like more tips or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov or call (800) 422-7128.

Reminder OEC Members: If you get a call that sounds suspicious, hang up immediately and call us at 1-800-472-8410.

OEC Promotes Dam Safety Awareness Week

Oconto County – Oconto Electric Cooperative joins the Midwest Hydro Users Group (HUG) in promoting Dam Safety Awareness Week April 2-8, 2017, as proclaimed by Governor Scott Walker. At a time when recreational and fishing enthusiasts are returning to the waterways, OEC and HUG wish to heighten the awareness of hazards near dams. Many of the accidents and fatalities that occur near dams could be prevented by using common sense, practicing safety, staying clear of dams and understanding the dangers to be found near them.

Oconto Electric offers these common sense tips to stay safe on rivers and near dams:

  • Obey all warning signs, barriers and flashing lights, horns and sirens. They are there for a reason and it can be extremely dangerous to ignore them.
  • Wear a personal flotation device (life jacket).
  • Leave your boat motor running to provide maneuvering power.
  • Stay clear of spillways. Changing currents and “boiling” waves can make boat control difficult near dams.
  • Reverse currents occur below dams, they can pull a boat back toward the dam into the spillway and capsize it.
  • Never anchor boats below a dam because water levels can change rapidly.

Oconto Electric Cooperative, owner of the hydroelectric dam at Stiles wants boaters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the exceptional recreational resources found on rivers and dams in the region. People are urged to practice safe use of the areas so they can be enjoyed over and over again.

Press Release – OEC Employees Seeking Grant Applications

October 20, 2016

Oconto Electric Employees are seeking grant applications for its annual Employee Charity program. The application period is open now until November 30, 2016. Funds will be dispersed late 2017/early 2018.

Organizations that are classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code with a valid IRS Tax ID are eligible to apply for the grant.

Interested applicants can click here for application  or can pick it up at Oconto Electric Cooperative at 7479 REA Road, Oconto Falls, WI 54154.

In 2016 the program awarded $6,000 to the Lena Area Volunteer Fire Department and $6,000 to Rainbow House. Since 2004, the Oconto Electric Employee Charity program has awarded $68,000 to local charities and organizations. Each year Oconto Electric Cooperative employees choose a charity to raise money for. Fundraisers include candy bar sale, Bag Lunch to Go, motorcycle ride, and an employee golf outing.

Scholarship Available for pre-law or law student with interest in cooperative law

The Federated Youth Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will award the second Charles Van Sickle Scholarship this winter. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in cooperative law. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle. The scholarship will be awarded prior to the Spring 2016 semester.

Click here for the scholarship application with additional eligibility information. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.


OEC Seasonal Installation Rates Effective November 1st

Seasonal Installation (NON-REFUNDABLE) –   OEC’s seasonal installation will be in effect November 1st thru April 15th.  Installation during this time frame has additional costs due to poor weather or site conditions.  This is a non-refundable cost.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at 1-800-472-8410. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in your construction project. Our office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Press Release: Local Charities Receive $12,000 from Oconto Electric Cooperative and CoBank

It was an electrifying morning on Wednesday, September 28, when Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees donated $6,000 to the Lena Area Volunteer Fire Department and $6,000 to Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. This is the greatest amount of money that OEC employees have raised since the program began in 2004.

Click here to read the full story.

“Bag Lunch to Go” is Back!

Oconto Falls, WI; Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) is offering Bag Lunch to Go on Thursday, March 17. Bag Lunch to Go is a way that OEC generates money for their employee charities which this year is for Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and Lena Area Volunteer Fire Department.

Bag Lunch to Go includes a hot pulled pork sandwich on a fresh bakery bun with barbecue sauce, chips, beverage and a cookie for $6 or you can order just a sandwich for $3. The best part of Bag Lunch to Go is that OEC will deliver your lunch anywhere within the city limits of Oconto Falls. To order your lunch, contact OEC prior to 9:00 am on Thursday, March 17. Lunches can also purchased at the cooperative office between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on March 17 with no pre-ordering. For businesses that want to place an order, request your order form from the cooperative by emailing planglay@ocontoelectric.com or call 846-2816 to have it faxed.

OEC Employees Distribute $10,000 to Two Local Charities

OEC Check Presentation for Employee Charity

Oconto Falls, WI; September 16, 2015 – Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees distributed a total of $10,000 to two local charities. Lena Public Library and Little Hearts for Life, Inc. Each spring the OEC employees choose a charity to raise money for throughout the year. Money was raised by the employees through employee lunches, candy bar sale, bake sale, raffle, and an employee golf outing.

Amy Peterson & Byron Lena Library
OEC’s CEO Byron Nolde distributes $5,000 to Lena Public Library director Amy Peterson.

Lena Public Library was granted $5,000. The grant money will update their adult and child non-fiction section. The books will range from health, dieting, cookbooks, crafts, decorating, quilting, do-it-yourself projects, autobiographies, poetry and more.

Lena Public Library belongs to Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLSnet), a consortium of 49 public libraries in northeast Wisconsin. OWLSnet allows library patrons to borrow books, music and movies from other libraries if they are not available at their library. So not only will Lena benefit from the new books, but so will other neighboring libraries.

Little Hearts for Life, Inc. was granted $5,000. Little Hearts for Life, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was started in 2013 by Joel and Ginny O’Harrow of Oconto Falls. In 2009 the O’Harrow’s fourth son Gannon was born at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with a Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). By the time Gannon was 5 months old he had already undergone three open-heart surgeries and at 14 months of age he received a heart transplant.

Randi Maloney Ginny OHarrow & Byron Little Hearts
OEC’s CEO Byron Nolde distributes $5,000 to Little Hearts for Life, Inc. secretary Randi Maloney and founder Ginny O’Harrow.

Little Hearts for Life, Inc.’s mission is to bring awareness to and educate the public about CHD, to fund ongoing research, and to ultimately help change lives of those living with congenital heart disease. The money will be given to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital strictly for Chronic Heart Disease research. Little Hearts for Life, Inc. raised an additional $35,000 this year at their annual corn roast.

Since 2004, Oconto Electric Employee Charity has awarded $56,000 to charities and organizations such as Home Respite Care, Old Glory Honor Flight, Oconto Police K9 Unit, and local schools.