News and Events
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
After 21 days, your physician must provide a new certificate.
Upcoming Board of Directors Elections
Have you ever thought about serving on the PIE&G Board of Directors? Each year three positions on the Board are up for election. PIE&G bylaws allow for nominations to be made by the Nominating Committee, by petition of 15 or more members, or by nomination from the floor at the annual meeting in October.
In 2015, board vacancies consist of one director from each of the following districts: Cheboygan, Montmorency, and At Large.
To be considered by the Nominating Committee, a member should submit a letter of interest and resume to PIE&G by June 30th. All letters will be given to the Nominating Committee for the review and nominations will be made in July. For more information, please contact the co-op.
Effective August 1, 2015
The Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op Board of Directors adopted the following changes to the cooperative's electric rates and tariffs at a Special Open Meeting held on March 24, 2015, in accordance with P.A. 167.
- Reconciled the 2014 Power Supply Cost Recovery Factor collections and ordered the continuation of the refund of the net over-collection of $213,683,61 for the remainder of 2015.
- Accepted the 2014 Electric Times Interest Earned Ratio (TIER) analysis.
- Discontinued eligibility for new enrollments for the cooperative's load management tariff sheets D-7.00 Controlled Water Heating Service Schedule CWH, D-8.00 Controlled Heating Service Schedule CH and D-9.00 Partial Controlled Heating Service Schedule PCH.
- Adopted a new Efficient Electric Heat (EEH) Tariff.
- Revised the cooperative's Special Fees.
- Revised the cooperative's Aid to Construction Fees and Policies.
For specific details of any Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op tariffs or fees, please call 1-800-423-6634 or visit our website at pieg.com
Unauthorized utility connections and meter tampering is the most dangerous kind of energy theft that can cause serious safety risks resulting in fires, explosions, electrocution injuries or even death. These illegal and hazardous connections endanger everyone -- the person making the illegal connection and anyone nearby, but also utility workers and surrounding property.
Michigan legislation aims to deter unauthorized use or connections of electric and natural gas while protecting consumers from increased utility costs related to energy theft. It is a crime for any person to sell or transfer electricity or natural gas to another person, knowing or having reason to know that the product or service was obtained unlawfully.
Additionally, the legislation sets penalties for the assault or interference with a utility worker or contractor performing his or her duties. The offenses range from a misdemeanor to a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine for a worker's death.
PIE&G will take immediate action to shut off service where unsafe and unauthorized use of electric or natural gas service is found. Reconnection will be on hold until all costs are paid, and the co-op may pursue criminal prosecution against the tenant or property owner where the energy theft occurred.
Please do not put someone's life in danger!
Take special care with portable electric generators, which can provide a good source of power, but if improperly installed or operated, can become deadly. Do not connect generators directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back-feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs. A qualified, licensed electrician should install your generator to ensure that it meets local electrical codes.
Other tips include:
- Make sure your generator is properly grounded.
- Keep the generator dry.
- Make sure extension cords used with generators are rated for the load, and are free of cuts, worn insulation, and have three-pronged plugs.
- Do not overload the generator.
- Do not operate the generator in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly, which can be deadly.
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. Portable GFCIs require no tools to install and are available at prices ranging from $12 to $30.