Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 1  -  January 2017

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

North Itasca Electric launches SmartHub®  

Want to see details about your electric usage find out what effect weather or a new appliance may have had on your bill? Want to look at your billing history, get e-bills or pay online from your phone? Want to be able to report and track outages?

SmartHub® is a web portal and phone app from a national cooperative-owned company, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC). Based in the Midwest, NISC was formed as a consolidation from two tech companies in 2000, and now has over 800 members (mostly electric cooperatives) in 49 states plus Canada and overseas locations. It develops and supports cooperative-friendly software and provides other management services to its members.


New bills in mailboxes starting in January  

Beginning January 2017, you will notice a new look to your North Itasca Electric billing statement.

You will still find the same information as in previous bills, but there are a few additions and enhancements. For example, you will now find a bar graph representation of your Usage History for up to 13 months.

Be sure to check out our new SmartHub website when it is launched to view your balance, track your usage and pay your bills. You can even track and pay on your phone with the SmartHub application available on the Apple Store or Google Play. There will be more information to come as more options become available, such as reporting and tracking outages.


CEO Report: Year in Review  

by Chris Corradi, CEO

2016 is now behind us and we look forward to what 2017 has to offer. The year 2016 had a little bit of everything for your cooperative. As with any year, there are highs and lows that came along. What really stands out to me is how people respond when presented with a challenge. 2016 offered quite a few challenges to your cooperative in the way of storms.

July and August brought with them a handful of powerful storms that left many of our members without power. Strong winds took down trees and power poles alike. Your line crews worked tirelessly until every member had power restored. This meant long days and nights for your employees.

What Ive noticed about the employees at North Itasca Electric is that they genuinely care about the membership. We personally know many of you and will do whatever we can to get power restored as soon as possible.



That may be how it's pronounced, but what it means is a fun, family afternoon learning the sport of Nordic cross country skiing.

Every Sunday afternoon in January and February between 1 and 3 p.m. the Old Effie School grounds are open for Edge of the Wilderness skiing ... EOWSKI! All ages are invited to participate.

There are lessons and a short trail groomed by volunteers. No gear? There is gear available when reserved ahead at (218) 743-7025. In fact, you can take the skis home for the winter season plus have lessons every Sunday for $30, or $50 for a family. Ask about discounts for Bigfork Valley Fitness Center members and scholarships.


ETS Storage Water Heating program  

The right choice for your water heating needs


  • Electricity is sold at the off-peak rate.
  • Electricity is supplied to the water heater for 8 hours each night, typically from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM +/- 1 hour. Weekends and Holidays 11:00 PM until 3:00 PM +/- 1 hour the following day.


  • $400 for new construction.
  • $400 for converting from General service rate to Storage program.
  • $600 for converting from fossil fuels to off-peak electric storage.

Program requires water heater to have a storage capacity of 100 gallons or more and an energy rating of 90%.


January 2017 Calendar of Events 

9 ISD 318 School Board meets, 7 p.m. Via telepresence at Bigfork School. Public forum 6:30 p.m.
9 Women of the Woods meet at 10 a.m. at Sand Lake Community Center. Call Pat Sievertson at 659-2157 or Marlys Maki at 659-2901.
9 Blackduck ISD 32 School Board meets, Media Center, 7 p.m.
9 VFW meets in Bigfork second Monday at 7 p.m.
9 Deer River ISD 317 School Board, DRHS Media Center, organizational meeting, 6 p.m.
10 Stop and Stitch at Marcell Family Center, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring $1, sack lunch and a project to work on. Come and go. Contact Rhonda 259-9220.
10 ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board, 7 p.m. at Northome ITV studio.