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March 29, 2017

As the “first responders” of the electric co-op family, lineworkers perform around-the-clock duties in dangerous conditions and challenging situations to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety. These brave members of our community go above and beyond to restore power to their neighborhoods and towns, often in the most hazardous environment. That’s why electric co-ops have designated the second Monday in April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This year, April 10 is the day we honor the hard-working men and women who keep the lights on.

Resolutions adopted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) explain it best: “Whereas linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; Whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; Whereas there would be no electric co-ops without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of lineworkers.” Lineworkers everywhere deserve this special day of recognition.

These highly-skilled men and women light our homes and businesses every day. They endure harsh weather and long hours, all to make our lives more comfortable. On April 10 (and every day), please take a moment to thank them. Lineworkers are the heart of the co-op nation, proud and strong.

Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support for the men and women who light our lives.

From PIE&G's March-April 2017 issue of Country Lines Magazine, page 12


March 8, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – In the aftermath of widespread windstorms, many Michiganians have found themselves without electricity as utilities work to restore power. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) are urging utility customers to exercise caution using supplemental home heating sources or when using portable generators.

“Safety is of paramount importance during power outages,” noted MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg. “MAE’s tips sheets on what to do when electric power is lost, safely using supplemental home heating sources and the safe use of a portable generator provide important life-saving information. It is also of extreme importance to treat all downed wires as ‘live’ and avoid contact.”

Other useful information on how to stay safe before, during and after winter storms or extreme cold is available on the Ready.gov website.

For more information about MAE, please visit www.michigan.gov/energy.

For more information about the MPSC, please visit www.michigan.gov/mpsc.


March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017 – (Onaway) Sustained high winds and downed trees and branches falling onto overhead power lines have caused outages for thousands of residents across northern Michigan. Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) began receiving reports of wind-related outages around 9 a.m.  Crews were dispatched early and have already restored power to approximately 4,200 services today.  Currently, PIE&G has approximately 4,500 outages that are widespread throughout its nine-county service area. The largest numbers are reported in Montmorency County (Lewiston, Beaver Lake, Hillman and Atlanta areas) followed by areas in Cheboygan County.

PIE&G anticipates that repairs will continue into tomorrow and that members who are currently without power should make preparations now to be without power overnight.  The sustained winds are predicted to continue into tomorrow and will contribute to additional outages. Delays in repair times are also anticipated for replacement of broken poles and tree removals from lines.  Line crews from Wolverine Power and Homeworks Tri-County are assisting PIE&G and all available personnel will continue restoration efforts into the night.  

PIE&G members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report a power outage or any downed power lines.  Residents are cautioned to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately to PIE&G or a local law enforcement agency. 


December 5, 2016

Press Release 2:30 pm Dec. 5, 2016 

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op began receiving reports of widespread outages due to heavy wet snow load around 9 pm Sunday, December 4. Line crews were called in and worked throughout the night. Approximately 3400 services have been restored thus far.

Currently, there are approximately 860 services that are still without power. All available PIE&G crews are working to safely restore electricity with additional outside assistance from Wolverine Power. 

The snow load affected a large number of individual services across PIE&G’s nine county service area. It is anticipated that additional time will be necessary for line crews to complete repairs. PIE&G will be working into the night again to complete restoration to as many services as possible. However, due to the large number of individual outages, members who are still without power should make alternate arrangements for tonight as some services may not be restored until tomorrow.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members who lose power should contact us immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report outages or downed power lines.

PIE&G reminds everyone to stay away from downed power lines.


October 28, 2016

Approximately 450 people attended the Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s 79ᵗʰ Annual Membership Meeting at the Onaway High School today. According to Board Chairman John Brown, “The annual meeting is a perfect example of our cooperative principles in action. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by its members. Each member has equal voting rights –one member, one vote – and elections are held in a democratic manner.”

Each year elections are held for three (3) positions on the board of directors.  After all votes were counted, the successful candidates winning election to three-year terms (2016-2019) were:  Brentt Lucas (incumbent, Alpena District), Kurt Krajniak (incumbent, Alpena District) and Raymond Wozniak (incumbent, Presque Isle District). 

The number of votes each candidate received is listed below.

Alpena District (two vacancies):

Bob Grohowski                     433

Duane Jennings                    572

Kurt Krajniak                         919*

Brentt Lucas                          761*

Presque Isle District (one vacancy):

Greg Diller                             428

Leo Romel                             373

Raymond Wozniak                 866*                                                                     

Immediately following the meeting, the board of directors held their election of officers and the results were as follows: Chairman – John Brown; Vice-Chairman – Allan Berg; Secretary – Sandy Borowicz; and Treasurer – Daryl Peterson.

Mr. Jeffrey Ostman, a senior at Cheboygan High School, spoke at the meeting about his experiences at the Youth Leadership Summit in Michigan. In 2015, Mr. Ostman was also was selected to attend the annual NRECA Youth Tour conference in Washington, DC. From there, Jeffrey was elected by his peers to represent Michigan’s electric cooperatives at the NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. 

In other business, members heard reports from the cooperative’s auditor and from Brian Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The winner of the $100 prize raffle for voting by mail was Lyle C. Ballard of Armada.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electricity and natural gas service to approximately 42,500 active meters across its nine county territory in northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.


October 12, 2016

September 27, 2016 (Onaway) Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings.  Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area. 

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized awards of $5,850 in grants to the following recipients:

District Health Department #4 ($2,000) to host the Girls on the Run Sunrise Side program in the spring for schools in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The program uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and to build confidence. Sessions will be held bi-weekly for ten weeks after school for girls ages eight to eighteen.  The funds will be used to purchase the water bottles, t-shirts, and medals for girls who participate.

Alcona County

Hubbard Lake Sportsman & Improvement Association (HLSIA) ($500) to assist with the costs of constructing fifty (50) fish shelters for placement in the lake this fall to improve fish habitat. The Association works closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality to monitor fish populations and promote sport fishing. Shelter construction will start in September and the project is expected to be completed in October 2016.

Cheboygan County

Cheboygan Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ($1,350) to purchase a new laptop for the Onaway office for VITA, an IRS sponsored program that works with community organizations to provide high quality tax preparation to low income tax filers and senior citizens. Federal, state, home heating credits and property tax credits are prepared and e-filed free of charge. For the 2015 tax season, 2,003 returns were processed and 1,346 returns in 2014. 

Presque Isle County

Onaway United Methodist Church ($2,000)  for the Caring Closet to purchase certain non-food items that cannot be purchased by food stamps including laundry detergent, personal hygiene items and toiletries.  The Caring Closet will purchase and make these items available for local families in need.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to more than 42,000 member-owners, and serves a nine county area across northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.

 


September 19, 2016

In accordance with its bylaws, PIE&G will conduct its annual membership meeting on Friday, October 28 at the Onaway High School, 4549 M-33 Hwy. in Onaway, MI.  

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  The general business session begins at 10:00 a.m. where members will hear various reports on the cooperative.  The meeting concludes with director election results and door prizes. Lunch will be provided after the meeting.

For more information about the meeting and your director candidate ballot, please refer to your September-October issue of Country Lines magazine.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend! 


July 14, 2016

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings.  Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area. 

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized awards of $5,400 in grants to the following recipients:

Montmorency County:

Montmorency County Commission on Aging  ($3,000) for kitchen upgrades at the Senior Centers in Atlanta ($1,000 to purchase an ice machine), Lewiston ($1,000 to purchase an oven and range), and Hillman ($1,000 for a food warmer).

Presque Isle County:

Presque Isle County Sheriff Department ($2,400) to purchase a vest, gas mask, and medical kit required for membership in the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Response Team (ERT).

At their June meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors awarded $12,000 in grants as follows:

Alpena County:

Long Rapids Township Volunteer Fire Department ($2,000) to purchase a thermal imaging camera designed to assist fire fighters in search and rescue efforts and to locate from a safe distance internal fires sources in structures.  

Montmorency County:

Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place ($2,500) to purchase food for The Caring Place food pantry. The pantry provides food and clothing assistance to approximately 232 households in the county each month.

New Beginnings Ministries ($2,500) to purchase food for the Hillman Area Resource Pantry (HARP).The pantry currently provides food to over 400 people per month.

Otsego County:

Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation ($1,000) to purchase new age appropriate books for the Reach Out and Read program.

Presque Isle County:

Peace Lutheran Church  ($1,000) to enable The Peace Project to purchase and distribute personal hygiene items to families.

Posen Consolidated Schools ($1,500) to defray the cost of student transportation and admission to the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI to further learning of American History.

United Way of Northeast Michigan ($1,500) for the purchase of food and personal hygiene products to be distributed at the Presque Isle County Project Connect Event, where two to three hundred people receive donated goods and services.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to more than 42,000 member-owners, and serves a nine county area across northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway. 


June 7, 2016

On April 18, 2016, volunteers from Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, together with seven other Michigan electric cooperatives, assembled 10,500 meals for donation to the Kids Against Hunger Coalition.

Child hunger remains a serious problem in Michigan, with one in five kids not getting enough food regularly.  When children lack access to nutritious meals, they don’t have what they need to reach their fullest potential.

PIE&G employees helped assemble fortified soy-rice casserole-style meals specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of children. These packaged meals were then distributed by each co-op to local food banks in their respective service territories throughout Michigan.  Recipients in PIE&G’s service area include Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place, Hillman United Methodist and Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry, Presque Isle Food / Baby Pantry and The Salvation Army – Cheboygan County Emergency Food Pantry.

“Participating in this service project with my cooperative colleagues and partnering with Kids Against Hunger was a rewarding experience,” says Brian Burns, CEO at PIE&G. “As an electric co-op, ‘Commitment to Community’ is one of our guiding principles. This project was yet another opportunity to put that principle into action.”

The 2016 food packing project was a new activity added to an annual conference attended by Michigan’s electric cooperatives.


May 6, 2016

Capital Credits from the mid-1980's to be retired

At their regular meeting in April, PIE&G's board of directors took action to retire capital credits in the amount of approximately $1.225 million.  Members who received electric service in 1984 and 1986-1988 will receive an amount of the above in proportion to their energy use.  Checks will be mailed in the fall of 2016.

PIE&G is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.  When revenues exceed expenses, the co-op generates "capital" that is "credited" to individual members on a pro rata basis depending on their "patronage" or purchase of electricity or gas.

These capital credits are used to build the facilities needed to serve the co-op's members.  Capital credits are retired and refunded whenever the board of directors determines that the co-op's financial condition will not be impaired.  Since its inception, the co-op has retired and refunded approximately $10.8 million in capital credits back to members.


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