News and Events
May is National Electrical Safety Month
May 13, 2013
Did you know May is National Electrical Safety Month. This is an excellent time of year to look around your home and evaluate how safe you are. Click here to review our Residential Safety Checklist plus more information on Storm Preparedness, Generator Safety, Lightning, and more.
Board of Trustees Meeting Set for May 30th
April 26, 2013
The March meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in the Moore Haven Board Room. Please call 800-226-4024 to reserve a spot if you wish to attend the meeting.
Online Chat Feature now available!
April 24, 2013
The new online chat feature is now availabe for members to access from our website. Member Service Representatives are available to chat for any questions regarding your current account or establishing new service. Click here to start chatting with a Member Services Representative now!
Online Chat is available Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm.
Telephone support is always available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Board of Trustees Meeting Set for April 25th
April 8, 2013
The March meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th, 2013 in the Moore Haven Board Room. Please call 800-226-4024 to reserve a spot if you wish to attend the meeting.
Washington Youth Tour Winners Announced
March 20, 2013
Glades Electric Cooperative is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Washington Youth Tour Contest. Thomas Barfield Jr. and Melody Bates will be representing GEC and their home communities during an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC on June 14-21, 2013. The two local students will meet up with 1,500 student leaders from across the country to talk with representatives and senators, tour museums, memorials and monuments and experience history being made in our nation’s capital.
Thomas Barfield Jr., a junior at Moore Haven High School reports that he is passionate to acquire knowledge about politics, government and leadership. Scott Bass, Superintendent of Schools in Glades County recommended Barfield stating, “Thomas is a student who possesses a constant burning for knowledge and he places a strong emphasis on his personal academic achievement.”
Melody Bates, a junior at Lake Placid High School was recommended by Chris Noel, PT, CKPT. He wrote of Melody, “I believe a good leader is one who leads by example…Melody shows these characters and many more that certainly qualify her as a good leader.” Melody is a world traveler who has been involved in her student government at Lake Placid High School for three years and is currently serving as Student Body President. She is excited to witness the fast paced environment of Washington DC and see how decisions affecting the nation are made daily.
GEC is certain that these two local future leaders will represent their families, schools, communities and Cooperative with maturity and enthusiasm. Congratulations Thomas and Melody!
68th ANNUAL MEETING
March 16, 2013
The 68th Annual Meeting at GEC in Lake Placid was a great success! All of the employees worked hard to welcome our members and make the meeting informative and enjoyable. Congratulations to all who left with a raffle prize including Carmen, our grand prize winner of the Ford F150 Extended Cab!
Youth Tour Application Deadline is Feb 15
February 12, 2013
The deadline to submit applications for this year's Washington Youth Tour was February 15, 2013! Please check the link below for information on future tours or scholarships for high school seniors.
Mark Your Calendars! 2013 Annual Meeting
February 6, 2013
This years Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2013 at Lake Placid Middle School. Join us for great entertainment, fun and prizes including a 2003 Ford F150, 4x4 Extended Cab for one lucky member.
Applications are available for your Juniors and Seniors!
January 28, 2013
All Junior and Senior High School Students are invited to submit their applications for the 2013 Washington Youth Tour (Juniors) and the 2013 Scholorships (Seniors). For more information and applications click here.
Join COPA and help keep rates affordable!
January 10, 2013
Funds raised by this grassroots network are donated to the political campaigns of candidates whose positions on issues support those of electrical cooperatives. Excellent service and affordable power can be negatively affected by rules and regulations passed by our elected officials therefore it is important we elect the right people into political office. This is an opportunity to make a big difference. The most important benefit you receive as a member of COPA is a voice in helping elect state and federal officials who will support your cooperative and your community. Join COPA today! This offer is available to our residential members only due to federal elections rules.
For more information on COPA and to download the authorization form, follow the link below.
Power Theft Impacts Costs to GEC Members
December 19, 2012
A small number of people in our community will risk the lives and safety of themselves, their families, neighbors and GEC employees to avoid paying their electric bills. Their reckless behavior will also cause your rates to rise. These members of our community engage in Power Theft or Current Diversion.
When power thieves bypass or tamper with their meters they risk shock, electrocution, fire, or explosion. The dangers spread when GEC employees attempt to do their job and members of the community are near a service that has been tampered with. Entire homes are burnt and people terribly injured as a result of power diversion.
Power theft also impacts all GEC members by raising rates. When someone steals electricity, they are stealing from all the GEC member owners.
If you suspect someone is stealing power GEC strongly encourages you to report them to your local GEC office or law enforcement officials. Reports can be made anonymously. For your safety, GEC highly recommends you do not confront a suspected power thief yourself.
SCAMMERS CONTINUE TO TARGET COOP MEMBERS
December 9, 2012
There has been another report of an Electric Cooperative Member being targeted by a Green Dot Scammer. The member was contacted by a person claiming to be an employee of another Florida Cooperative stating the members service would be disconnected if a payment wasn't received through the form of a debit card puchased at a local convenience store. When the funds were put on the card they were immediately drained by the scammer who cannot be traced by law inforcement.
Please remember that any GEC employee will freely give you their name so you may call the local office for verification. Multiple methods of payment are accepted and we will never insist you purchase a convenience store card as a payment method.
GEC encourages you to share this information with your family and neighbors and be cautious when providing your information over the telephone. Call our office and speak to a Member Services Representative with any questions.
Moore Haven 800-226-4024, Lake Placid 800-226-4025, Okeechobee 800 226-4023
Planned Outage Scheduled
October 29, 2012
Attention Glades Electric Cooperative members; our transmission provider has informed us that necessary repairs to their system will result in a planned outage. This outage, though NOT planned by Glades Electric, will impact our members served by the Lorida Substation. The outage will occur on November 2nd at 11:50 p.m. We have been informed the outage should last 3 to 4 hours
All Glades Electric consumers fed by the Lorida Substation will be affected, including Bluff Hammock Rd., Hwy. 98 East, County Rd. 621, Cowhouse Rd., Arbuckle Creek Rd. and Hicks Rd.
Though this outage is not caused by Glades Electric, we apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. We remain committed to providing the highest quality electric service at the lowest possible cost. Glades Electric is proud to be Neighbors Working for Neighbors.