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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.

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.

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