March 25, 2017

I Remember: Bright Spots In Dark Days

Thinking back to my fondest Michigan memories, some of them came during the darkest days of my life. I am not only a member of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, but also an employee for the past 25 years. To me, it is much more than just a place to … [Read more...]

Michigan Legislature Approves Energy Package

By Craig Borr, CEO Michigan Electric Cooperative Association After nearly two years of discussion, dialogue, committee hearings and, at times, frustration, the Michigan Legislature passed an energy reform package as their last initiative prior to recess … [Read more...]

Geothermal Systems: The rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated

Many of you have heard or read that the 30 percent tax credit for geothermal heat pumps expired on December 31, 2016. That is completely true. Will the government bring the tax credits back? Maybe…maybe not. Who can predict what the government will do? A … [Read more...]

Dr. Pol: America’s Favorite TV Veterinarian & Local Legend

Don’t let his frank demeanor fool you. Dr. Jan Pol, also known as The Incredible Dr. Pol on National Geographic’s WILD channel, is all heart. Even his journey from his native country, the Netherlands, to rural Michigan was an act of love. Pol was an … [Read more...]

I Remember: The Wonder Of Michigan Always Brings Us Home

The eldest of five siblings, I was the only one born in Michigan while my father was in boot camp. We were stationed in Alaska until I was nine and my youngest brother was almost two when my father decided to end his military career and move us all back … [Read more...]

Wind Energy Is Full Of Wins For Michigan

Michigan farmers, business owners and taxpayers have a lot to gain by embracing wind energy. It offers a drought-resistant cash crop, requires very little land, creates family-supporting jobs in rural areas, and injects much-needed revenue sources into … [Read more...]

Youth Tour: The Power Of Our Future

Energy is more than the ability to do work. Energy powers our imaginations and fuels positive change. That is why, for the last 50 years, approximately 1,800 students from at least 45 states have participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program … [Read more...]

Portable Generator Safety Tips

Carbon Monoxide and Ventilation Using a generator indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES. Exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a deadly poison gas you cannot see or smell. NEVER run a generator indoors or in partly enclosed areas, such as garages. ONLY … [Read more...]

Michigan Co-ops Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders Today With Youth Tour 2017

Designed to inspire the leaders of tomorrow, Youth Tour teaches the brightest students of Michigan about their past—and helps equip them with the skills they need to be Michigan's next generation of energy-minded leaders. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, … [Read more...]

Sky’s The Limit

What happens when you combine a master electrician, educator, licensed contractor and self-described tinkerer? You get Mike Schmerl, an instructor at Northwestern Michigan College and owner of Panoramic Electricity. Since starting his electrical company … [Read more...]