We appreciate our members!
Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the winter storm! Due in part to member efforts to conserve electricity, your electric cooperative system was able to navigate through several record-setting days without the need for controlled service interruptions (or rolling blackouts).
While we hope these or similar circumstances are not repeated, we are grateful our co-op members are willing to work with us for the best possible outcome during challenging times. Your efforts made a difference!
Although we are no longer urging electric conservation for system reliability, you may want to voluntarily continue conservation and energy efficiency measures to help reduce the extreme weather impacts on your upcoming electric bills.
2/19/21 - Energy conservation period is now over
We are so grateful for our members’ efforts in the past week to help us conserve electricity as we have been experiencing a historic and unprecedented energy demand. With the extremely frigid temperatures continuing for such an extended length of time, our power supplier asked us to contact our members for help.
Thanks to your response to our request, we are now past the crisis point and wanted to let you know that. The need to conserve your electricity usage has ended, and with the periods of sunshine and temperatures rising, the energy demand is expected to level. We will keep you informed should anything change.
Our lines and distribution have remained stable and we are fortunate that there have not been many power outages during this time. Should your power go out, please call us immediately at 800-392-3709, Option 1. Here are also some tips for staying warm during a power outage from ready.gov.
Thanks to everyone for cooperating during this crisis.
February 18, 2021 Update
Check out the video below for a message from our CEO Doug Tracy.
Due to extreme and extended cold temperatures, our cooperative system and many utilities throughout the region continue to exceed all-time electricity demand. We are urging members to reduce their impact on the grid by reducing electricity use as much as possible. High power consumption levels across the grid have the potential to cause intermittent service disruptions. Taking steps to decrease your power usage at this time will help while we navigate this extreme weather event.
Tips to help reduce power usage:
- Extreme temperatures and the longer run times on HVAC units will mean higher utility bills.
- Turn down your thermostat a few degrees and use a blanket or warm clothing to help conserve and stay warm.
- Limit the use of larger appliances such as laundry or dishwashers.
- Use smaller kitchen appliances like toaster ovens, microwaves and slow cookers to make meals, rather than relying on your range or oven.
- Be sure to turn off and unplug space heaters that you don't need to use. Be mindful of the amount of time you utilize a space heater and reduce, if possible.
- Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use.
- Unplug/turn off unused electronics, chargers, and lights.
Again, we appreciate your current and future efforts to serve members as we all manage through this historic week.