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Goodhue County Coop News


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.  




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We're taking a bold step—doing something no energy provider has ever done.

We're offering you an opportunity to power your electric vehicle with 100% wind energy, for the lifetime of that vehicle, at no extra cost. You'll still have to pay for the energy you use, but you'll be able to do so knowing that when you go electric, you'll always be going green. Visit or click on the image of EEVIE above!


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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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