Goodhue County Coop News
July Heat Reflected in Higher Than Normal Bills
Goodhue County Coop members' current bills reflect the hot weather during July. GCCEA passes along any changes in cost from our power supplier, Great River Energy, each month as a Purchased Power Adjustment (PPA). Power costs are based on the demand for energy across all of our membership. The demand for energy is generally higher in the summer months (June, July, and August). July was no exception. The higher demand and higher than normal use of air conditioning/cooling systems resulted in higher than normal bills. GRE and GCCEA use load control programs (such as off peak and generator control) to help reduce the demand on the system during the highest peak use times. We can all help reduce the system demand even more if we follow some simple steps. By reducing the system demand we help keep everyone's bill lower. Here are a few tips for conserving energy during the summer months:
- Raising thermostats to 78 degrees or more during peak times or when no one is home
- Closing shades and blinds
- Avoid running electrical appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers during peak events
- Upgrading to more energy efficient heating and cooling systems such as a heat pump
Keep an eye on our website during hot summer days for peak alerts or click on the load management link along the right side of the page to see if we will be controlling load. Conservation is critical on these peak days to help everyone reduce energy costs. Every member can make a difference!
July 5th Storm
Thank you again for your patience and understanding during the system wide outages caused by this storm! A brief summary has been posted about the July 5th storm. Click the link below or navigate to News and Events and look for the July 5th Storm Summary.
In order to maintain reliable electric service, Goodhue County Cooperative Electric has a program that includes spraying to keep the power line right-of-way areas cleared. If you have concerns about the right-of-way being sprayed next to your land, please notify us. We will do our best to avoid spraying your land, but please do not solely rely on notifying us. You MUST mark the area that should not be sprayed by posting signs. It is your responsibility to see that the area is posted and we will do everything we can to make sure the area is not sprayed. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Register for Outage Texting!
Visit the Outage Center page (tab at the top) and click on the SIGN UP link to register your account and phone for outage texting! You will be able to enter the word Outage along with a keyword and send it via text to 55050 to report an outage. That's it. No phone call to make, just a simple message and dispatch will be alerted. Make sure you read the instructions (along the left hand side) while you are signing up. You need to register your account number, phone number, and a keyword (such as 'home' or 'farm') in order for the feature to work properly.
Links to Solar Array data at GCCEA & Great River Energy
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