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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.

February 12: Back to filling propane tanks "full"

Good news for our HomeWorks Tri-County propane customers! We are, right now, informing our delivery drivers to begin filling tanks to "full" status as of this afternoon (February 12).

Propane inventories continue to stabilize here in the Midwest; based on our current on-hand supply and contract arrangements, we don't see a reoccurrence of short-filling for the remainder of the heating season.

Just a thought: if you've gotten used to dialing down during this situation, you may want to continue. It will make a difference in your energy use and your bills!

SCAM ALERT: Be wary if anyone demands immediate payment

Scammers continue to target electric cooperative members in several states, including here in Michigan. Cherryland Electric Cooperative reported this morning that “Last night someone called one of our members claiming they owed $4,000 and that their power would be shut off if they did not pay immediately with their credit card over the phone. Luckily, this member recognized it as a scam and called us today to report it.” Other scammers seek personal information such as your Social Security number or bank account number.

Manager's Message: Every Power Outage is a Chance to Learn

Writing this as our crews have just finished cleaning up from the November 17 storm, I’m reminded that every power outage is a learning experience for us.

Ideally, of course, we would never have power outages, or blinks. But that’s not the way electric distribution systems work, so instead of wishing for the impossible, we focus on eliminating potential problems.

Solar “Garden” is a Good Idea for Our Co-op Community

The holidays are nearly upon us, so it may seem an odd time to think about a garden growing in the sun.

But that’s just we’re doing at HomeWorks. We’re moving forward with the first phase of a community solar project, or garden, at our Portland Operations Center.

“Why community, and why solar?”, you may ask.

We’ve had many members contact us about solar (photovoltaic) projects for their homes or businesses. Only a few have had the right combination of site, technical knowledge, and available funds to make those plans a reality.

National Geographic broadcasts fictional docudrama "American Blackout" Oct. 27

“American Blackout” is a fictionalized National Geographic Channel docudrama that imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack — told over 10 days. It’s scheduled for television broadcast on Sunday, October 27. For more information about “American Blackout,” read on.

 

Remember, it’s fiction - technically science fiction. Here’s what we’re doing to make sure this scenario stays fictional:

 

Manager's Message: Member leadership needed, here and in election cycles

In May, we go from district to district, hosting an evening of information (and supper) for all members who choose to attend. We reach about 1,300 people through these seven meetings. It’s a busy two weeks for us, but we enjoy getting to see everyone again.

If you’ve attended your district meeting, you know that you’re asked to attend the Annual Meeting in August. If you agree, you become a delegate, representing 100 of your neighbors.

At this meeting, member-delegates approve the reports, such as the financial statements and the board of director election results.

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