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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.

Gale Force Winds Cause Catastrophic Power Outages Across Northern MI

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op began receiving reports of wind-related power outages this morning. As the day progressed, the winds persisted and the number of outages increased significantly.  Crews have been working all day and will continue to work tonight and into the weekend due to the widespread wind and tree damage.  The Mackinaw Bridge was closed today due to the high winds.

 

This afternoon, PIE&G estimates that a total of around 9,100 services are affected throughout its entire service territory in the northeastern tip of the mitt.  Outside assistance is being provided by Wolverine Power 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 crews can secure the area.

PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $14,214 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 Communities First Fund enable awards 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 review of applications and made awards of $14,214 in grants to the recipients  below.

 

ALPENA COUNTY

South Shore Hubbard Lake Fire Department ($3,000) to assist with lighting replacement and conversion to LED lighting for the community center and fire department.

 

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY

Cheboygan Area Public Library ($923) to assist with the purchase of a Walker Arts Display System, which allows for 50-70 works of art to be displayed at a time. The display system will better serve the needs of the groups who use the gallery area to display their art work.

Cheboygan County Junior Golf Academy Foundation, Inc. ($2,500) to help cover the cost for the 2018 Junior Golf Academy Training Sessions. The foundation benefits children between the ages of eight to seventeen who live in Cheboygan County by providing educational, training, competition and mentoring program through the game of golf.

 

MONTMORENCY COUNTY

Hillman Community Schools ($1,900) to purchase new books and magazines to continue updating the library’s selection to keep kids interested in using library resources. 

 

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

Grand Lakes Sportsmen’s Club ($2,000) to assist the Fletcher-Gilcrest Park Boat Launch Improvements, by helping with costs of materials needed in the parking area improvements and stone for under concrete planks. By improving the launch site, the Grand Lake Sportsman Club and the Presque Isle County Road Commission believe it will allow more boating enthusiasts to use Grand Lake.

Senior Citizens Housing of Onaway dba Lynn Street Manor Apartments ($1,251) to purchase two entry way chairs and one end table to help provide a comfortable, inviting, and safe atmosphere for tenants to gather.

Posen Youth Football Program ($2,640) to purchase thirty-three helmets to provide players in 5th through 8th grades the equipment they need to practice and compete in organized football. This will be Posen’s first year in the five team youth football league with Hillman, Onaway, Atlanta, and Rogers City.

 

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

PIE&G provides electric and natural gas service to about 30,850 member-owners across 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 76 employees servicing about 33,500 electric meters and nearly 13,500 natural gas meters. Since 1997, the PIE&G Communities First Fund has provided over $1.4 million in grants to local nonprofits. For more information, please visit www.pieg.com.

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PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $9,200 in Grants in Northeast MI

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 Communities First Fund enable awards 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 $9,200 in grants to the recipients listed below.

Alpena County

Alpena Area Senior Citizen’s Council, Inc. ($1,000) to provide financial support for the “Liquid Nutrition Program” for the frail, home-bound and the most nutritionally at risk seniors that participate in the Alpena County Meals-on-Wheels program.

Alpena County Parks Commission ($2,000) for materials and construction costs needed to build a viewing tower at the Manning Hill Roadside Park in Green Township, Alpena County. The tower will sit upon a hill top in the park that will allow visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of miles of countryside.

District Health Department #4 ($1,200) for program costs for “Girls on the Run (GOTR) Sunrise Side”.  This ten week, twenty-session after school program incorporates physical activity as a way to develop self-respect and encourage a healthy lifestyle for 250 girls aged 8 to 14.  The program focuses on girls from 3rd through 8th grade living in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties.

Alpena County (Continued)

Thunder Bay Theater ($2,000) to assist with the Thunder Bay Theater Spring Educational Tour geared to introduce school age children in northeast Michigan to high quality, professional arts-rich experiences.

Cheboygan County

Straits Area Audubon Society ($1,000) for the “Snakes Alive!” hands-on nature program featuring live animals presented to 4th through 8th grade students in Cheboygan and Emmet Counties. The program helps students to respect Michigan reptiles and wildlife.

Presque Isle County

Presque Isle County Historical Museum ($2,000) to purchase and install a handicap accessible ramp at the museum’s historic Bradley House in Rogers City to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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