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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.

9 am Update for Wind Outages

There are approximately 1420 PIE&G services that are without power this morning after Friday’s wind storm.  The gale force winds caused widespread tree and line damage across PIE&G’s nine county service area. Around 500 services that are still predicted out are located on Bois Blanc Island.  PIE&G crews are on the 9 a.m. ferry to restore service to the Island today.

 

PIE&G made considerable progress yesterday with good weather and the help of five mutual aid line crews and contract tree services. Office staff and crews have been working around the clock this weekend.  

 

There are a large number of individual services out across northeast Michigan.  Each of these require a crew to be sent to each location. Some of these repairs will continue into Monday.

 

PIE&G extends its sincere appreciation to its members for their patience. Crews are working as quickly as possible to safely restore all services. 

 

7 pm Update to Wind Outages

As of this afternoon, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op has restored approximately 12,700 services with an estimated 2724 services that remain without power. The strong winds yesterday caused widespread outages affecting PIE&G’s entire service area. The largest number of open outages are in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties, followed by Presque Isle and Alpena counties. Crews made considerable progress today in good weather and with the help of five mutual aid line crews and contract tree services.  All crews will work into the night again and through tomorrow to repair and restore services.  

 

With the large number of individual services that are out, some repairs will continue into late tomorrow and Monday. PIE&G extends its appreciation to its members for their patience. Crews are working as quickly as possible to safely restore all services. 

 

Please call 1 (800) 423-6634 to report new outages or downed power lines. You may also view our outage map on our homepage on this website.  Everyone should use extreme caution and stay away from downed lines until line crews and law enforcement can secure the area.

 

9 am Update for Wind Outages

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op has now restored approximately 10,340 services with an estimated 6000 services that are without power this morning after gale force winds swept through the area yesterday.  The outages affected the entire PIE&G service area with line and tree damage including Bois Blanc Island, Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency, Oscoda and Otsego counties. Crews have more favorable weather conditions today and will work all weekend to make repairs, remove trees and restore services.  So far, crews have found five broken poles. Damage assessment will continue as work progresses today.

 

PIE&G has additional mutual aid crews from Wolverine Power Cooperative, Bay City Light & Power, Thumb Electric Cooperative and HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative and contract tree cutting services. PIE&G hopes to make much progress today, but some repairs will take longer due to the number of downed trees and broken poles.  Some members should be prepared to be without power for several days. Please call for updates or view our outage map at pieg.com. 

 

Please contact PIE&G at 1 (800) 423-6634 to report all power outages or downed power lines. Everyone should use extreme caution and stay away from downed lines until line crews can secure the area.

8:30 pm Update Wind Outages

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op has restored approximately 9460 services so far today but there are an estimated 6000 services that are still without power this evening as a result of widespread wind and tree damage.  Crews restoration efforts began this morning and will continue tonight and through the weekend. PIE&G received numerous 911 emergency calls regarding energized lines down across roads and highways. Damage assessment will continue tomorrow.

 

PIE&G is being assisted by Wolverine Power Cooperative crews and contract tree cutting services. Restorations are anticipated to continue through the weekend due to the number of downed trees and broken poles. Members should be prepared to be without power for several days. 

 

Please contact PIE&G at 1 (800) 423-6634 to report all power outages or downed power lines. Everyone should use extreme caution and stay away from downed lines until line crews can secure the area.

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