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UPDATE: PIE&G Continues Restoring Wind Related Outages

5:00pm - Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) crews have restored power to all but 170 services this afternoon. Crews are still working on repairs. In total, PIE&G has restored electricity to approximately 20,000 services since the Christmas Eve wind storm.  PIE&G crews were assisted by mutual aid line workers from around the state and all personnel worked throughout the holiday and all weekend.

PIE&G is still working to get all remaining services restored, but progress is slower as crews focus on individual outages. Although crews have replaced around 30 broken poles so far, there are at least 20 more broken poles needing to be replaced.

The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow and ice in the region starting Monday afternoon.  PIE&G members should take appropriate precautions as this weather system has potential to cause additional power outages.  

UPDATE: PIE&G Making Progress on Wind Related Outages

2:00pm -  Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op line crews have restored electricity to 13,300 services since yesterday after severe winds early Christmas Eve knocked out power to a predicted 20,000 services. Approximately 7,000 members are still without power today but crews, contractors and office personnel will continue efforts today and over the weekend to safely restore power as quickly as possible.

Due to the severity of line damage and number of broken poles, some members will be without power for several days and should make necessary arrangements. Members are cautioned to stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to PIE&G at 1 (800) 423-6634.

PIE&G appreciates members' patience while its employees are working diligently to restore services.

PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $6,835 in Grants

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community, non-profit 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 their recent meeting in December, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors awarded $6,835 in grants to the following recipients:

Cheboygan County:

Cheboygan County 4-H Council ($1,500): The MSU Vet-a-Visit program provides youth who are interested in veterinary science a chance to explore the career.  Workshops allow students to perform mock surgeries, cow milking, general care examinations, handle exotic snakes and lizards, observe equine demonstrations, and to learn about birds and insects and more. The $1,500 grant to the Cheboygan County 4-H Council is for the Visit-A-Vet event scheduled for April 9, 2016.

Montmorency County:

The Baby Basket (Atlanta –$4,000): The Baby Basket was established to provide needy mothers with baby clothes and supplies. In 2004, a food pantry was added. The children of Montmorency County and surrounding areas have benefited greatly from the continuing efforts of The Baby Basket. The organization received a $4,000 grant to purchase food.

Presque Isle County:

Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum (Rogers City – $1,335):   The mission of the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum is to honor the generations of men and women who made their living by sailing on the Great Lakes. The Museum is the only one of its kind on the Great Lakes. Framed picture collages highlight those individuals, along with their biographies, uniforms and personal possessions.  The museum also has on display navigational and maritime tools and other artifacts about life on the Great Lakes.  The grant of $1,335 is for the lighting replacement program.

PIE&G Annual Meeting Held October 23, 2015

Approximately 400 people attended Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s 78th  Annual Membership Meeting at Onaway High School today.  Board Chairman John Brown stated “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 (2015-2018) are: Sandy Borowicz (incumbent, Cheboygan District), Daryl Peterson (incumbent, Montmorency District), Sally Knopf (At-Large District).

To see the full press release, please click here.

Communities First Fund Awards $11,115 in Grants

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community, non-profit 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 their recent meeting in September, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors awarded $11,115 in grants to the following recipients: 

Montmorency County:

Lewiston Community Sharing: a grant was approved for $1,623 toward the purchase of freezer with the remaining funds be used to purchase food supplies.  The new freezers would replace older, existing freezers previously donated.  LCS is a non-profit, community based food pantry that serves approximately 50-60 families every two weeks in the Lewiston area.  

Hillman Community Radio:  a grant of $1,500 for equipment to establish a studio to support community based programming and enable high school students training opportunities for broadcasting.

Presque Isle County:

District Health Department No. 4: a grant for $2,000 to support the Girls on the Run Sunrise Side program was approved.  Girls on the Run® is a structured volunteer-based ten week, 20 session after-school program that incorporates physical activity as a means to develop self-confidence and healthy lifestyles in girls ages 8 to 14.  

Metz Township: a grant of $4,000 for the purchase of playground equipment at the Metz Fire Trailside Park was approved.  The park is located next to the Northeast Michigan State Trail.  The goal of the grant is to provide a safe, public playground in Metz Township for local residents and visitors, including families using the State Trail.  Currently there is no playground in all of Metz Township.

Onaway Area Community Schools:  a grant for $1,992 for the purchase of one student editing station for the video broadcasting program was approved.  The Onaway High School video broadcasting class works with Michigan Interscholastic Connection to air school-related events on the MHSAA website.

Welcome to the New PIE&G Website!

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op is excited to announce the launch of our new website.  We hope that you enjoy the updated look.

Our goal in updating our web page was to promote easy access to our most common features within a visually pleasing environment.  

The web site provides many resources for information about our company, electric and natural gas service, utility safety, and other programs. We also seek to keep our members up-to-date on the latest cooperative news and service alerts through the newsfeed on our home page.

Our updated web page was launched publicly on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

2015 Energy Optimization Programs

This year we’ve updated our EO programs to help you get more from your cooperative - more comfort, more savings and more living. Rebates and incentives are available to help manage your electric bill. These programs help reward your energy-saving actions. Plus, you’ll gain understanding and information on how to better manage your energy use. For more information about what Energy Optimization programs are available to you in 2015, visit michigan-energy.org and follow the links to PIE&G or call 1-877-296-4319.

Scams Continue in the News Across Michigan and US

Be aware of Suspicious emails, phone calls and mail

Various ‘scam’ activities continue to be reported in the news media including callers claiming to be from the IRS, fake emails appearing to be from utilities or merchants, bogus letters purporting to be from the Social Security Administration, mail alleging recipients are prize winners of sweepstakes, and computer viruses that allow hackers to steal financial or credit card information. All scams attempt to seek money from unsuspecting victims. Most scams involve obtaining a victim’s personal information, such as bank account or Social Security number, under false pretenses. The scammer usually portrays a sense of urgency and pretends to be with an official organization to fool people into giving up personal information. To avoid becoming a scam victim, the Michigan State Police offer these tips:

  • Do NOT give personal information to unknown callers
  • Do not open unsolicited emails from unknown senders
  • Do not reply or respond to questionable mailings
  • Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (for example, your bank, credit card company, government agency, utility etc.)
  • Use a reliable independent source, such as the phone book, to confirm the contact’s phone number or email
  • Report any suspicious contacts to the police

The only time Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op will gather personal information about you is when YOU call US to establish service or inquire on your account. If your account is delinquent, you will receive a notice on your bill and you will receive automated calls from our phone notification system. The call will instruct you to make payment using our secure automated phone system or on our website.

The MI Attorney General’s website provides Consumer Alert information and outlines various scam types, common themes and how to avoid becoming a victim at: michigan.gov.

PIE&G Directors to Return $1.876 Million to Members

Capital Credits from the 1980's and 2004 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 $1.876 million.  Members who received electric service in 1983-86 and 2004 will receive an amount of the above in proportion to their energy use.  Checks will be mailed in the fall of 2015.

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 $9 million in capital credits back to members.

Be Prepared with a Back Up Plan

The power is out and you're on oxygen - what now?

PIE&G's goal is to keep your power on without interruptions but necessary repairs and inclement weather affect our ability to do so.  When the power goes off and you're on oxygen or have other medical need that require electricity, what should you do?

Given the unpredictability of Mother Nature and unforeseen events, no utility can guarantee continuous electric service at all times.  During power outages, utilities generally restore circuits affecting the largest number of members first before moving on to repair individual services on smaller circuits.  Thus, the order in which repairs can be safely completed depends on various factors, including cause and extent of the problem, weather conditions, estimated time to repair, availability of crews and equipment, number of services affected, duration and numbers of outages, and where a service is physically located on the distribution system.

If you have a serious medical condition that requires electric powered equipment, we recommend that before the power goes out, you consults with your physician to insure that you have an emergency plan in place to be prepared at all times.  Alternatives include having battery packs or a gas or diesel powered generator available.  You may need to temporarily relocate to a friend's or family member's home that has electricity, or contact the Red Cross of 911 in an emergency.

If you require electricity for medical equipment, be prepared in advance with a backup plan BEFORE the power goes out.

Medical Emergencies

If you or a household member has a life threatening medical emergency, disconnection of service may be postponed for a period of 21 days with appropriate documentation.  Your physician must provide a certificate to PIE&G that identifies all of the following:

  1. the medical emergency or condition,
  2. any medical or life support equipment being used, and
  3. the specific time period during which shut off would be immediately life-threatening.

After 21 days, your physician must provide a new certificate. 

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