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Photo Contest: Enter and Vote by March 20

 

The new photo contest theme is "Spring Flowers".  The photo with the most votes will appear in the May/June issue of Michigan Country Lines, along with some of our other favorites. All photos printed in the magazine will be entered to win a credit of up to $200 on their December 2019 bill. Submit your entry for the photo contest on this website under the "Community Tab".

Members Report Suspicious Calls

PIE&G’s Member Service Reps have recently received a few member inquiries regarding suspicious phone calls.  In one scenario, several members reported receiving a phone message stating there’s a “problem with your gas account” and to immediately call “Mary” or “Brenda Jackson” at a non-PIE&G phone number.  Another scenario involved phone solicitations to switch to a new gas company “to save money”.

PIE&G wants you to know that neither of these calls originated with your co-op.  The first scenario is clearly a scam. The second relates to a program called customer choice, which is not available to PIE&G members.

Most member communication is by written postcard, letter, monthly billing, “The Spotlight” newsletter, and Country Lines magazine.  If you enrolled in PIE&G’s SmartHub notifications, we will communicate electronically according to your preferences (text or email) regarding your account.  We also post news and articles on pieg.com and Facebook.

Occasionally, we will make automated recorded calls to update you for planned outages, power restorations, or billing reminders.  If PIE&G must initiate phone contact, we will identify ourselves and you can verify our caller identification [(989) 733-8515 or toll- free 1-800-423-6634].  PIE&G will never call you to ask for personal information such as bank or credit card numbers or your social security number.  We offer secure phone or online payment options that are only initiated by you

Finally, our Energy Optimization team will occasionally contact members on our behalf by letter or postcard, and they may follow up by a phone call.  

If you have any questions about your PIE&G account, please call us to inquire. We’re here to help.

PIE&G Assures Members of Adequate Natural Gas Supply

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op is advising its members that the Co-op has adequate supplies of natural gas for its members who receive this service.  PIE&G, in the normal course of business, establishes firm contracts with DTE, it’s supplier. 

Most residents of the lower peninsula received an emergency text alert last night from Consumer’s Energy asking all of their customers to voluntarily reduce their gas usage until tomorrow due to a fire in southeast Michigan at one of their crucial distribution facilities. Although PIE&G does not have concerns at this time with its natural gas supply, the Co-op does recommend, to the extent possible, voluntary conservation by its members. Turning down the thermostat will also reduce members’ monthly bill.

PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $16,969 in Local Grants

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

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized review of applications and made awards of $16,969 in grants to the recipients below.

ALPENA COUNTY

District Health Dept. No. 4 ($1,200) to help sponsor Girls on the Run, a structured volunteer based, ten-week, 20 session after-school program that incorporates physical activity as a means to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles for over 200 girls. The program targets girls ages 8 to 14 (third through eighth grades) attending the 15 schools within the four-county service area of DHD No. 4.

Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development ($2,000) toward the cost of creating the Hubbard Lake Preserve, an 80-acre wooded parcel of land that will be used for public recreational and educational purposes. The project entails signage, fencing, parking and grounds keeping, along with funds for local community programs including presentations, tours and events related to forest management, invasive species education, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation.  Huron Pines is an environmental conservation organization serving 12 counties across northeast Michigan from Saginaw Bay north to the Mackinac Bridge. 

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY

Inland Lakes Secondary Schools ($2,000) to help purchase a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Router to enable students to create woodworking projects while learning skills directly transferrable to employment in the manufacturing setting.

MONTMORENCY COUNTY

Atlanta Church of Christ – The Caring Place ($2,000) to purchase food, clothing and household items for those in need.  From October 2017 to September 2018, The Caring Place, run solely by volunteers, has helped over 433 families from babies to adults over 60 years of age.

Hillman Community Schools ($3,000) to help with the purchase musical instruments for elementary students (4th and 5th grade) learning to develop the beginning band program.

The Baby Basket Pantry ($2,000) for the purchase of food, clothing and supplies for area families, seniors and new mothers in need. 

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

Onaway Methodist Church – The Caring Closet ($1,500) to help those in need in the community purchase household items that cannot be purchased by food stamps (laundry detergent, hygiene items, toiletries, etc.).

Posen Consolidated School ($1,700) to assist with the purchase of Chromebook personal tablet computers for elementary students (grade 3 – 6) to facilitate student learning online and improve typing skills, help teachers administer, grade and provide prompt feedback for standardized testing, and to promote paperless classes.

Presque Isle Township ($1,569) to assist with the purchase and installation of a Veterans Memorial at the Presque Isle Township Cemetery. The memorial will consist of a brass plaque mounted on a large rock, landscaping and a lighted telescoping flag pole displaying the American flag.

 

PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $8,000 in Local Grants

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

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized review of applications and made awards of $8,000 in grants to the recipients below.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY

Cheboygan County United Way ($3,000) to purchase food and personal hygiene products for distribution to attendees of two Project Connect events. The first was held in Presque Isle County in Onaway in October. The next event will be held in Cheboygan County in Indian River in April, 2019. The goal of these events is to connect people to local resources and agencies that are available to assist them with needed resources and to help families become more self-sufficient.

MONTMORENCY COUNTY

Tri-Township Fire Department ($2,500) to assist with the purchase of a washer extractor machine to clean Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or “turnout gear” worn by fire fighters. The gear was being sent out for dry cleaning, which was expensive and rendered the gear unavailable to fire fighters for several days. The new washer extractor allows for more frequent and thorough decontamination, laundering can be done “in-house” and in a matter of hours, thereby reducing the time the gear is out-of-service for cleaning. More frequent cleaning also extends the life of the equipment.

The washer extractor machine will be used by Tri-Township Fire Department and surrounding area departments. 

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center ($2,500) to assist with the purchase and installation of a clothes washer and dryer. The Outdoor Center’s campus has eleven barracks (now dorms) and a combination mess hand and dining hall facility.  The Center can accommodate week-long or weekend overnight experiences for youth groups across Michigan, such as 4-H  and faith-based organizations.  On-site laundry appliances will enable camp administrators to maintain upkeep of the Camp’s kitchen linens and allow prompt clean-up of bed linens and clothing after nighttime accidents associated with youth camps, and with less embarrassment or disruption to campers.

PIE&G’S 81st ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN ONAWAY

Approximately 400 people attended Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s 81st Annual Membership Meeting at the Onaway High School today.  According to Board Chairman John Brown, “The annual meeting is a great example of cooperative principles in action. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members. Members have equal voting rights –one member, one vote – and co-ops are organized 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 (2018-2021) are: Sandy Borowicz (incumbent, Cheboygan District), Daryl Peterson (incumbent, Montmorency District), Sally Knopf (incumbent, At-Large District). 

 

The number of votes that each candidate received is as follows:

 

Cheboygan District:           Sandy Borowicz                  1,408

                                                Luanne Thomas                    372

Montmorency District:     Donald Edwards                     574

                                                Daryl Peterson                      948

                                                Curtis Render                        309

At-Large District:                Michael Grohowski                 465

                                                Sally Knopf                              742

                                                Peter Redmond                      428

                                                David Wagner                         281

Immediately following the meeting, the board of directors held their election of officers and the results are:  Chairman – John Brown; Vice-Chairman – Allan Berg; Secretary – Sandy Borowicz; and Treasurer – Charles Arbour.

The winner of the $100 prize raffle for voting by mail was James R. Stoddard of Hillman.  In other business, members heard reports from the cooperative’s auditor and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Sobeck.

 

About Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G):

PIE&G provides electric and natural gas service to about 30,800 members in northeast Michigan and its headquarters is in Onaway. When the first poles for electric lines were set in 1937, the founding cooperative served about 82 members.  Today, PIE&G is one of the largest employers in Presque Isle County, with 77 employees servicing approximately 33,500 electric meters and 12,400 natural gas meters. Since 1997, the PIE&G Communities First Fund has provided over $1.4 million in grants to local nonprofits. 

 

ANNUAL MEETING THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 26

PIE&G will conduct its annual membership meeting this Friday, October 26 at the Onaway High School.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the general business session starts at 10:00 a.m.  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.

 

Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER Board of Director Meetings Rescheduled

At their recent meeting, the PIE&G board of directors voted to reschedule the November board meeting to Thursday, November 29, and the December board meeting to Monday, December 17 due to conflicts with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  The meetings will begin at the usual time of 9:30 a.m.

PIE&G’S EO “HOME ENERGY EXPRESS PROGRAM” UNDERWAY

Looking for an easy way to start saving energy today? Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members have a new, no-cost Energy Optimization program that delivers immediate energy savings.

The Home Energy Express Program provides FREE delivery of energy-saving products to your home, as well as complimentary installation by an Energy Optimization program contractor.

Participants in the Home Energy Express Program may receive:

  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Water-saving products
  • Smart power strip
  • Programmable thermostat (depending on eligibility criteria)
  • Pipe wrap

Eligibility requirements

To participate in the Home Energy Express Program, you must:

  • Be a member of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op actively receiving electric service.
  • Own a single-family home or, if you are a tenant, must have owner’s permission to have work done on the home.
  • Be willing to sign a document to allow work to be done on the home by professional, trained contractors.

Installing these products can help control the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your home, the electricity used by lighting, appliances, and electronics, and can even help you use less water.

Get started today!

Contact PIE&G’s EO partners to schedule your FREE services:

1-877-296-4319

info@michigan-energy.org

Final Update to Wind Outages

All but 382 services have now been restored this Sunday afternoon including Bois Blanc Island. PIE&G and mutual aid crews are still working and expectations are to have power for most members restored by late this evening. However, repairs for some members with individual outages will be completed Monday.

 

PIE&G thanks its members for their support and patience during our weekend restoration response after the wind storm.

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