Goodhue County Coop News
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lake Country Power, a fellow MN Electric Cooperative, as they mourn the loss of a line worker who passed away on Friday evening. The tragic event occurred as Lake Country Power line crews responded to more than 7,500 outages after severe thunderstorms blew through the area. This is a devastating reminder of the extreme and dangerous conditions line workers face as they restore and maintain our lines so that we may have safe and reliable power.
Help 'Shave' the Peak!
The Summer months are here! June, July, and August tend to be the highest priced months for electricity. Energy is in higher demand across the Great River Energy footprint during the summer so the cost of energy goes up. So, what can we do? If we can change our habits (at least during the summer) we can help reduce the overall system peak load. What does this mean? It means that we reduce our overall demand for energy which lowers our cost and the cost to our members! If our members can do their best to reduce or eliminate usage between 3 pm and 8 pm it will help bring our peak down. This could include not using the oven, waiting to do laundry or dishes, or even waiting to shower or bathe until later in the evening. If everyone is able to 'shave' a little off the peak it can add up to a lot of savings!
Ever wondered what it's like to own an EV (electric vehicle)? How about what it would be like to take a little road trip in one? This year, as part of the CONNECT Conference for Cooperative Communicators, Touchstone Energy selected Stearns Electric's communication team to represent MN cooperatives in the Touchstone electric vehicle promotion - Roadtrip Recharged! Amanda and Whitney will be traveling over 1,200 miles in a Tesla EV and recording their experiences the whole way. There are a number of ways to follow them on their journey. If you are curious about EV's and what life might be like with them, then this is something you need to follow! The four communications channels and links are posted below.
Snap Chat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/rt_recharged
Annual Pole Inspection...
Our annual pole inspection will start the week of May 7th and take two to three weeks to complete. Testing will take place in Lake, Mount Pleasant, Belvidere, and possibly Goodhue township. Utili-tech Solutions will be doing this testing on behalf of the coop. Vehicles will be marked with a GCCEA magnetic logo and there will be ATV's used at times as well. This is part of our continued effort to provide safe and reliable electric service to our members. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
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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.
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