September 18, 2014

How We’re Special

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Every October since 1930, nonprofit cooperatives of all kinds have recognized National Cooperative Month as a way to educate the public about how co-ops work and to appreciate their many member-owners. This year, we highlight the seven guiding … [Read more...]

Sault Schools Save Big on Energy Efficiency

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Does energy efficiency add up for schools? Let’s do the math. Not only are students and staff more comfortable and focused, but energy efficiency also helps funds go further. For these reasons and more, the Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools recently … [Read more...]

Michigan Co-op Students Tour D.C.

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Twenty-two high school students representing six Michigan electric co-ops recently joined more than 1,600 other youth from across the country at the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The experience is an extension of the Michigan … [Read more...]

Co-ops Are Different

What makes electric cooperatives different from other types of utilities lies in their core mission. Michigan Country Lines magazine comes to you because you are a member and owner of the local electric “cooperative” that provides the power to your home … [Read more...]

The Power of Grassroots

Craig Borr, MECA President/CEO, greets U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow at an electric co-op meeting in Lansing. MECA and its electric co-op members work to build a close working relationship with elected officials on behalf of the co-ops’ consumer members.

Electric co-op consumer-members can help shape rules and laws that keep electricity reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible. Electric co-ops often ask their consumer-members to get involved when it comes to laws and regulations that … [Read more...]

Governor Says ‘Work Together On Energy, Environmental Issues’

Adaptability has to be the foundation of every energy decision we make,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in his December message on energy and the environment. “First,” he emphasized, “we need to make sure our energy supplies are reliable.” Using the adaptability … [Read more...]

Proposal 3 Is a Power Grab

It was a privilege for me to serve as Michigan’s Attorney General for 37 years. During that period of service to the people of Michigan I gained in-depth experience in the fields of constitutional law, consumer protection and environmental protection. I … [Read more...]

Constitutional Change for All the Wrong Reasons

Michigan voters should think twice about supporting the renewable energy ballot proposal, a constitutional amendment that would lock energy policy into the state constitution and make it extremely difficult for the state to effectively manage its electric … [Read more...]

The Choice Is Clear

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In the coming weeks, electric co-op members throughout the state will be bombarded with print, radio and TV advertisements on the initiatives that will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. It will probably be an election season “media barrage” … [Read more...]

Co-op Electric Meters Are Different

The meter your co-op uses to measure the electricity you consume is different from what other utilities use. For over eight years, Michigan electric co-ops have used a leading technology called automated meter reading (AMR). Automated meters are different … [Read more...]