Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO.9  -  September, 2019

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good morning North Itasca Electric Member-Owners,

In one week from today Autumn begins. By the time you get this edition of the WATTS, we'll have enjoyed about two weeks of the season. I hope the weatherman is right, he was predicting a week of beautiful weather this week. I could stand to see things dry up a little before winter. I'm sure our farmers will appreciate that as well. This past season has been rough for the farmers I've talked to, I wish you the best of luck this harvest season!

I have the good fortune to be involved with several community projects in my position. Right now, Northome has several irons in the fire. The Growing Community Project is getting off the ground as we speak. This project was quite an honor for our community of Northome to be chosen. Northome, and Bovey were the two, yes only two were selected, to be part of this exciting work. The Growing Community Project is for communities ready to design- and claim- a vibrant, resilient future. This is a partnership between the community of Northome, Blandin Foundation, and University of Minnesota Extension. Currently the Steering Committee is working hard to lay the basework for the future of the project. I'm excited to see where the committee would like to go, and I'm ready to assist any way possible. I would encourage you to volunteer with this rewarding work. If you have any questions you can contact Mary Lukenbill at (218) 897-5980.


Value of electricity  

by Jerry Loney, Member Services Manager

When talking with members about the value of electricity, I hear opinions from two different perspectives.

From one I'll hear, "It's too expensive" and "Why is the cost so high?" and from others, "It's economical and a great value." A good knowledge of electricity and consumption by appliances helps greatly in understanding the value and the work electricity can do.

New Energy Star® efficient refrigerators, freezer, washers, dryers, dishwashers, LED televisions, LED lighting, etc. has greatly reduced electrical consumption. But reducing consumption does not mean the cost of producing electricity goes down. Energy sources are still needed and as any commodity, supply and demand plays a role in its retail rate. Also, government mandates for more expensive renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are being used to replace coal.


Summer to Winter Load Control Changeover  

New for the 2019-2020 winter, the ETS schedules for water heat and space heat will be shedding load from 6:00 a.m. Central Prevailing Time (CPT) through 10:00 p.m. CPT from October 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020. This is a deviation from historical winters where the schedules had previously been shedding load from 7:00 a.m. CPT through 11:00 p.m. CPT.

ETS Water Heating

Weekends and holidays will continue to be uncontrolled for ETS water heating until further notice, or unless there is a risk for a Great River Energy billing peak.

Dual Fuel Testing

The annual Dual Fuel Equipment Test Sheds are scheduled for Thursday, October 10 and Saturday, October 12, 2019. The test will include both Dual Fuel and Limited Interruption Dual Fuel (i.e. Freedom Heating) codes. They will be performed between 6:00 p.m. ? 9:00 p.m. CPT.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxanne Prather, Member Services Representative

I told you about the special promotion that Speed Queen was offering last month. I must apologize because I told you wrong, you don’t have to buy the set to get the extra warranty.

The Deal of a Lifetime is: if you buy a Speed Queen washer or dryer, when you register it you will receive a 10-year parts and labor warranty. This is great news since Speed Queen offers a 3-, 5- or 10-year warranty depending on which model you purchase. This means you can purchase a TR3000 model, and instead of getting the 3-year warranty you would receive a 10-year warranty at no extra cost. Speed Queen started this on July 15, and they are extending it through December 31, 2019.


Idle transformers also consume energy  

by Jerry Loney, Member Services Manager

Are you aware that throughout your home there are transformers which consume energy when plugged in, even though nothing is running?

Within all your devices that require a change in voltage, a transformer is needed whether you use the electrical device or not. Electrical appliances such as your televisions, radios, satellite equipment, computers, cell phone chargers, and even the clock on your microwave and range all need transformers to reduce voltage.

When energized, two different types of losses are taking place: load and no-load losses.


October 2019 Calendar of Events 

4 Flu shot clinic at Scenic Rivers Health Services, Bigfork, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
5 BYO Pooch 5k run starting at 9 a.m. at the Bigfork Canoe Landing. More information on Facebook at BYO Pooch 5k.
5 Fall Booya and Bake Sale at St. Michael Church, Northome, 4-6 p.m.
7-11 Homecoming week at Northome School.
8 Free glassblowing demonstrations by Jon Offut at Edge Gallery, Bigfork, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 5:15.
8 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.
8 Evergreen Friendship Club gGoodbye for the seasonh luncheon at local restaurant, 12 noon. More info, evergreenfriendshipclubslt@gmail.com.