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Manager's Message: “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Fit HomeWorks

In 2008, our state legislators passed several laws that set new directions for Michigan’s energy use.

Among those were the renewable portfolio standard, our Energy Optimization program, and choice of power suppliers for the largest industrial customers.

At the same time, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) also took a close look at how the state’s two biggest electric utilities responded to power outages, and created an incentive to encourage faster action.

Manager's Message: Planning for Success

Our mission is to bring you and your neighbors reliable, affordable electric power.

A good work plan helps us keep ahead of growing areas that need more electric infrastructure, and focuses on areas which need repair or replacement.

A financial plan helps us plan for the future, so one generation of members doesn’t bear all the costs.

Increasingly, we’re finding that a political plan is an absolute necessity.

Summer communications Internship Available

We’re accepting applications through May 16 for a summer communications internship position.

The Communications Intern will work on a variety of hands-on, portfolio building projects that support HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative in its mission of improving the quality of life for our member-owners in mid-Michigan. Your responsibilities may include writing articles for our monthly magazine, designing print materials such as brochures or bill inserts, providing support for Touchstone Energy outreach programs, digital photography assignments, and more.

Manager's Message: When the Going Gets Tough…

Over the past six months, your electric co-op dealt with one challenge after another. For instance:

• On Sunday, Nov. 17, a wind storm caused widespread power outages throughout the Midwest. Over 500,000 electric services were affected in Michigan alone, and at peak, over 3,000 HomeWorks members. Fortunately, damage was limited to the northern half of our service area, and our Portland-based crews and equipment were available to help. All services were restored by Tuesday night.

Special Member Meeting Set for April 28 at Blanchard

Notice to Members of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative
A Special Member Meeting is set for 9 a.m. April 28, at the cooperative’s Blanchard office

The board of directors will consider changes to the cooperative’s rates and tariffs at its meeting on April 28, 2014, to be held at the cooperative office at 3681 Costabella Avenue, Blanchard, MI. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and is open to all members of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

Manager's Message: Demonstrating Our Commitment

Electric cooperatives were formed by farmers in an areas unserved by the large utilities. People got together and created a different kind of utility to bring them the services they needed but couldn’t provide on an individual basis.

Like co-ops, governments are formed by the people of a region to help themselves and their neighbors with centralized services, from roads to schools.

Governments, from your township board to the U.S. Congress, are supposed to improve the quality of our lives by working together to pool resources and provide those needed services. 

Reserve space at one of our Community Solar Garden seminars

Join us in learning more about the power of sunshine at our Community Solar Garden seminars on March 18 at Portland, or March 19 at Blanchard.

We’ll serve a light supper at 6 pm, followed by information about our project with Cascade Renewable Energy, and finish with time for questions and answers.

Reserve your space at http://www.homeworks.org/content/were-growing-community-solar-garden.

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