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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 10  -  October 2018

Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good afternoon,
Just look at those colors changing in the woods! Before we know, we’ll be buttoning down the hatches for ol’ man winter.

We’re starting to see the fall work piling up. We have this wonderful thing around here that really cuts into progress, frost. We are trying to get all our underground projects finished before the snow flies. I want to remind everyone, if you are considering a new service or upgrade, please call the office sooner than later. This gives all of us the best chance to accommodate your needs.

We have Operation Round Up® fall meeting that I get to sit in on October 16. I always look forward to meeting with this group. Don’t get me wrong, this is a hard job for these volunteers. On the bright side we read through all the requests and see all the good things that are planned in our communities. The hard part is deciding what group gets what amount of money. In a perfect world we would fund everyone 100 percent, unfortunately we don’t have enough money to make that happen. I am so proud to see what we can do with the funds we do have. Thank you to everyone that is enrolled in Operation Round Up, if you would like any information about the program please contact the office. I hope your group got your application in by September 28.


What is infiltration?  

by Jerry Loney

Uncontrolled air leakage from outside a building envelope through its exterior surfaces. Cold outdoor air finding its way into a building while the same amount of heated air finds its way out.

Infiltration is caused by the wind and differences in air temperature causing air pressures within and outside a building envelope to change. These differences in pressure cause air movement and the heated indoor air is exhausted to the outdoors and outdoor air enters the building envelop. This exchange of air is called “Air Exchange” and is expressed in ACH or ACPH (Air Change Per Hour). The tighter a building envelope is constructed, fewer ACH will take place, reducing infiltration and lessening the amount of heat lost during the winter months.

Let’s look at a 2,500 sq. ft. building of loose construction where the infiltration rate is .7 ACH. With outside air temperatures being -30 degrees F, a loosely constructed building practice calculates an infiltration heat loss of 29,568 Btus (British thermal units). When taking this same building structure and using a tighter construction practice, one can reduce the infiltration rate to 0.3 ACH (12,672 Btus), a saving of 16,896 Btu. (57 percent).


Summer to Winter Load Control  

Changeover effective Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

ETS Water Heating

The weekend and holiday no-control strategy will continue until further notice.

Dual Fuel Testing

Testing of Dual Fuel load shedding will occur on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 20. between 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CPT.

1) Electric Thermal Storage – Water Heating and Pool Heating

a) Total estimated winter control = Every weekday during winter months of October – May, approximately 2,700 hours.

b) Predefined load control periods – Winter control strategy:

Day Area Restore Times Shed Times Total Daily Recharge
Mon – Fri All GRE 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. 8 hrs
Sat, Sun, & Holiday   All GRE Uncontrolled except
for billing peaks
Uncontrolled except
for billing peaks
24 hrs


Frigidaire freezer

Freezer sale!

Speed Queen
Washer and dryer special sale! (If you buy a set, you will receive free delivery within our service area.)

Low finance rates

North Itasca Electric Cooperative has lowered its financing rates. Only 20 percent down, and contracts that are one year or less, members can finance appliances at a rate of 3.5 percent. For 2-3 year contracts, the rate only increases to 4 percent.

October 2018 Calendar of Events 

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center Gift Shop Clearance Sale, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center just north of Marcell on Hwy 38. More info, call 832-3161.
Medicare informational session, Main Conference Room at Bigfork Valley, noon. Also Oct 4 and Oct. 9.
2 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
4 Medicare informational session, Main Conference Room at Bigfork Valley, 6 p.m.. Also Oct. 9.
5 Reception for Chholing Taha at the Edge Gallery in Bigfork, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit runs Oct. 4-27. Gallery is open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.