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Winds Damage Wolverine Power Equipment - Affects 1042 Services In Onaway

May 8, 2017 –  On Saturday, May 6, approximately 1042 Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) service locations in and around Onaway experienced a power interruption at 5:11 p.m. Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative (Wolverine) found  equipment at the Onaway substation that had been damaged by the strong winds.  Wolverine promptly made repairs and power was restored to those affected at 7 pm. 

Wolverine, located in Cadillac, is the wholesale energy supplier to PIE&G, one of seven distribution cooperatives in the lower peninsula of Michigan served by Wolverine.  PIE&G provides electric and natural gas service to approximately 42,000 member-owners in a nine county area of northeast Michigan.   PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.

PIE&G Communities First Fund Board Awards $15,500 in Scholarships to Area High School Grads

April 27, 2017 (Onaway) Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue 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 (“CFF”) provide resources for grants and scholarships to benefit their local communities in PIE&G’s service area.

At their recent meeting, the CFF board of directors awarded fifteen (15) scholarships of $1,000 each to each of the following 2017 high school graduates:

ALMONT                                                            INLAND LAKES          

Sydney Torres                                                    MacKenzie Hemmer

Hayley Torres                                                     Regan Bunker

ALPENA                                                              JOHANNESBURG-LEWISTON

Trevor Roznowski                                              Destiny Pryor

                                                                             Kristin McCormick

ATLANTA                                                             ONAWAY

Brianna Gross                                                     Cameron Horn

Tiffany Juergens                                                 Noel Nash

Enrico Racz-Reene        

CHEBOYGAN                                                      POSEN

Jeffrey Ostman Jr.                                              Izaiah Hincka

                                                                            WOLVERINE

                                                                            Teah Lowe

 

In addition to the above scholarships, the A. Barkley Travis Memorial Scholarship, valued at $500, was awarded Ashley Wirgau of Rogers City.

The PIE&G Communities First Fund is managed by an all volunteer, independent board of directors. Students must meet CFF scholarship program requirements. For more information, go to the 'Communities First' tab on this website and follow the the link to Scholarships.

Wolverine Power Transmission Outage Affects PIE&G members

April 26, 2017 - Approximately 12,000 Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members lost power at 6:53 a.m. due to a transmission problem on Wolverine Power’s lines.  Wolverine Power Cooperative is PIE&G’s wholesale energy supplier.  The transmission outage affected all members served from six of PIE&G’s distribution substations in Cheboygan, Mullet Lake, Fingerboard, Tower, Black Lake and Hammond Bay. Wolverine’s crews were able to isolate the problem and reroute transmission to restore power to affected PIE&G members at 8:21 a.m.

Wolverine Power Cooperative, located in Cadillac, serves seven distribution cooperatives across Michigan’s lower peninsula. Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to approximately 42,000 member-owners in a nine county area of northeast Michigan.   PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway, Michigan.

Earn $50 for recycling an old inefficient appliance

 An old refrigerator or freezer can cost you hundreds of dollars to operate each year. A new qualifying Energy Star rated refrigerator can reduce your monthly electric bill and you'll earn a $50 rebate for recycling the old one through our Energy Optimization program. To learn more, call 1-877-296-4319 or visit Michigan-energy.org and select PIE&G for details on qualifying products.

Congratulations Communities First Fund Winners !

To promote and recognize participation in the PIE&G Communities First Fund, all current and newly enrolled members were automatically entered to win one of three prizes in a random drawing held February 6, 2017. The following lucky members were selected:

1st prize –Kyle Kowalewsky (HP notebook computer) 

2nd prize –John Fritzer (Samsung Tablet)

3rd prize –Jacqueline Calhoun ($50 bill credit)

Thank you to everyone who participates in the Fund and for helping to support our local communities. Your small change adds up to make a big difference in northeast Michigan!

Final Power Restoration Update 10 a.m.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) crews have restored 9,819 services since Tuesday after strong winds swept through the Great Lakes region causing statewide catastrophic power outages. Approximately 10,452 PIE&G services were affected. As of this morning, 633 services are without power, with 371 of these located on Bois Blanc Island. PIE&G crews are flying to the Island this morning to work on repairs. The remaining outages are primarily widespread, individual services. PIE&G expects repairs and restorations should be completed later today.

Outside crews including those from Wolverine Power, Homeworks Tri-County and Zeeland assisted PIE&G. Repair times were hindered by persistent high winds, wintry weather, tree removals and the replacement of fifteen broken poles.

Members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report new power outages 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. 

4 pm Outage Restoration Update

Approximately 9,690 power outages were recorded for Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members since Wednesday morning due to sustained winds gusting to 50 mph in the region. Crews have restored 8,478 services so far, but a wind advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.  Approximately 1,212 services throughout PIE&G’s service area are without power this afternoon.  

PIE&G crews are receiving help from Wolverine Power, Homeworks Tri-County, Zeeland, and outside tree contractors who are assisting to safely restore power to as many services as possible today. Due to persistent high winds and wintry weather, and the need for tree removals and special equipment to access and replace broken poles, PIE&G anticipates that repairs to some individual outages will extend into Thursday, March 9.  Members who are without power this afternoon are advised to plan accordingly. 

Members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report new power outages 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. 

11 am Update to Wind Outages

Winds reaching over 50 mph on Wednesday caused approximately 9,192 power outages for Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members. Crews have restored 7,563 services so far, but continued strong winds expected until 7 p.m. are causing more outages today.  Approximately 1,629 services throughout PIE&G’s service area are without power this morning.  

Crews from Wolverine Power, Homeworks Tri-County, Zeeland, and outside tree contractors are assisting PIE&G to safely restore power to as many services as possible today. Due to continued high winds and worsening weather, the need for tree removals and additional time and special equipment required to access and replace broken poles, some outages will extend into Thursday, March 9.  Members are advised to plan accordingly. 

Members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report new power outages 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. 

5:30 pm Update to Wind Outages

Gale force winds and downed trees caused approximately 7,930 power outages for Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members beginning around 9 a.m. Crews have restored 5,545 services today, but approximately 2,383 services remain without power at 5:30 p.m. Much of northern Michigan was affected.  The largest number of outages for PIE&G members occurred in Montmorency and Cheboygan Counties.

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.  Sustained strong winds are predicted to continue into tomorrow and may cause 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’s Call Center is open this evening and members with smart phones may check for updates to the outage map at www.pieg.com .  

PIE&G members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report their 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.

 

7 pm Update to Power Restorations

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) crews have now restored power to 6,532 services affected by powerful winds that swept through northern Michigan last night. Of the 385 services still without power tonight, 242 are primarily seasonal homes located on Bois Blanc Island. The winds caused outages throughout PIE&G’s service area. All available crews, outside contractors and office personnel worked all night Monday and are continuing restoration efforts again tonight.  

Current outage information by county is available by viewing PIE&G’s outage map online at pieg.com.

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