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.

Sept 5 planned maintenance outage will affect 162 members

Our Blanchard area line crews have set a planned maintenance outage for Thursday morning (Sept. 5) to replace broken cross arms.

About 160 members will be affected, starting at 10 am, for up to 3 hours. These members are in Fork, Coldwater, Sherman, and Sheridan townships, and have been contacted by phone to alert them to the planned outage.

Thanks for your patience as our crews work safely to keep your power reliable!

Manager's Message: Cooperatives Working Cooperatively

Did you hear about the substation transformer that filled with combustible gases and ignited, leaving thousands of cooperative members out of power for days until repairs could be made?

No, you didn’t, because it didn’t happen here.

On page 6 you can read about what did happen – an everyday story of people working together to take care of a problem before it became an emergency. That’s how things should work.

Special Member Meeting set for Sept. 23, 9 am, at Blanchard office

Notice to Members of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative

A Special Member Meeting is set for Sept. 23, 9 a.m., at the cooperative’s Blanchard office

The board of directors will consider several changes to the cooperative’s rates and tariffs at its meeting on September 23, 2013, 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.

Offices closed Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day holiday

To honor American workers, we're taking Monday off! Yes, our offices will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 2. We'll still have crews on call in case of emergencies - just call 1-800-848-9333. You can also make payments by using SmartHub or the Pay Bill Now button on our website at, or pay by phone by calling 1-877-999-3395.

Otherwise, enjoy yourself and have a safe, happy weekend! Our offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

Note: Road construction in front of Portland office

Grand River Avenue in front of our Portland office is being ground down and repaved this week. Please be prepared for delays as it's down to one lane as far as Friend Road. Getting in (and back out) of our office is not quick or easy!

Now's a good time to log into SmartHub, our on-line account access site. Apps are also available for iOS and Android tablets or phones. Not only can you pay your bill or contact us via the app, you can also check out your energy use, look up past bills and payments, link to our Facebook page, and more.


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