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Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 23 NO.2  -  February 2020
Cold Weather Rule Notification   |   Energy Assistance Programs

CEO Report  

by Brad Dolinski, CEO

Good evening North Itasca;

I'm waiting for another seven inches of forecasted snow as we speak. I was also told today that it’s only six weeks until spring. The way time flies around here, we'll be mowing grass before you know it. I visited with a well-known fisherman last night. From that conversation, I encourage you to use caution if you are out on any of our local lakes. From the reports I heard, the conditions change with the lake. Some are great ice, very little slush. Other lakes are a layer of snow, slush, not so great ice, water and then about two inches of decent ice. Please use caution, I love to fish, I just don’t want to swim with them.

I recently attended a training session with many of my peers across the country. One of the quotes I keep hearing repeated is, "our industry has changed faster in the last five years than the prior fifty." This set me back on my heels, could this really be true? Yes, it is! Looking at our industry, we have seen huge changes. Market based purchases through the ISO (we use MISO), has connected us from Canada to the Gulf. We can purchase power rather than producing 100 percent of our needs. This is especially true when you look at carbon free energy. We purchase hydro from Canada, solar and wind from many parts of the MISO market. This system allows us to even change our needs based off demand. These market purchases and systems continue to mold what we will become in the future.


Energy comparison reports: tracking cooperative performance  

by Jerry Loney

Throughout the year, North Itasca Electric Cooperative tracks a significant amount data. Part of this data is used to for tracking and comparing the cooperatives present state with prior years to see where we stand in view of system performance.

In this month's WATTS News, I thought I would share some of the data I collect each month and how we use it to track North Itasca Electric's performance.

In this article you will see charts showing the amount of energy purchased, how heating degree days follow closely with energy consumed for heating, how Load Control Programs help in reducing energy cost through energy credits and demand savings lowering members bills. These charts are also some of the same tools North Itasca Electric uses when budgeting for the upcoming year.


Roxanne's Sales Talk  

by Roxannie Prather, Member Services Representative

For February I would like to have a little contest in the appliance department!

Here's how it will work:
Everyone who purchases an appliance or generator of at least $300 will be entered into a drawing. At the end of the month we will randomly draw one name, the winner will receive a $50 credit that they can use either on their electric bill or on Open Account. Your odds of winning depend on how many appliances are sold in the month. Good luck everyone!

Remember, we do offer contracts for purchasing appliances with a 20 percent down payment and very low interest rate. Not sure whether you can afford the appliance? Call me, I would be happy to tell you exactly how much it would be for your down payment as well as your monthly payments for 1, 2 or 3 years. Keep in mind we carry appliances with the best warranties around. Speed Queen, which is built to last up to 25 years has a 3-, 5- and 7-year warranty. And our Crosley appliances have a 1-year manufacturer's warranty and a 10-year limited Crosley warranty. Our prices are very competitivel; stop in and check out our showroom.


February 2020 Calendar of Events 

1 Family Nordic skiing with EOWSKI at Scenic State Park, 1-3 p.m. More info: 743-7025.
4 Candlelight skiing at King Elementary School, Deer River, 5 - 7 p.m. Half mile groomed loop lighted by luminaries. Hot cocoa and snack, bonfire and s'mores. A Children's First! event. Rescheduled from January.
4 Mizpah City Council meets in Mizpah Community Center, 7 p.m.
6 Blackduck Area History and Art Center reopens.
8 Full 'Snow Moon' Candlelight Ski, Sled and Snowshoe at Scenic State Park, 5-8 p.m.
8 Blackduck Dance Team Community Show to raise funds for Dance Camp, 7 p.m. Preschool through 6th grade performances with practice Feb. 5.
8 Family Nordic skiing with EOWSKI at Scenic State Park, 1-3 p.m. More info: 743-7025.
8 ISD 363 South Koochiching-Rainy River School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. Northome ITV studio. 897-5275