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June 2017 Powerlines
Co-op awards $45,000 in scholarships to Class of 2017
Operation round-Up donates $19,800 to local programs
Co-op sends high school grads to Washington, D.C. Youth Tour
Summer rates in effect June to September
A/C notice for members in load management program
Propane summer fill special now, pre-buy opens late July
6,000+ cop members use SmartHub, should you?

May 2017 Powerlines
79th Annual Meeting is Friday, June 9
May is electrical safety month, keep your home and family safe
Why it's good to see co-op workers on your property
Co-op rebates can help you save on geothermal systems
Thank you for updating your contact information

April 2017 Powerlines
April 10 is Lineman Appreciation Day; thank you for powering our lives
Three easy ways to celebrate Earth Day every day
May Energy Seminar: Lower Your Summer Electric Bill
A clear right-of-way ensures safe, reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly
Building or landscaping this spring? Call before you dig
Make your voice heard: Vote in co-op board election

March 2017 Powerlines
Change a light, change the world
We're celebrating Earth Day with free LEDs in April
Look for another PCA credit on March electric bill
Get a $5 bill credit when you sign up for SmartHub and switch to paperless billing
Operation Round-Up donates $9,500 to 12 local nonprofits
March can be snowiest month: Get latest outage reports online
Your opinion matters
Stop heat loss, lower your bill and improve comfort with $300 home performance rebate

February 2017 Powerlines
Country living has benefits and challenges: Why electricity costs more in rural areas?
Charging what it costs: PCA credit applied to your February bill
Solar energy coming to Polk-Burnett
Helping you save: Save energy and money in your kitchen
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Helping you save: Give your home a performance test and boost value of your energy dollar, rebates apply
Co-op security lights brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Deadline to file for 2017 board election is March 10

January 2017 Powerlines
Polk-Burnett to develop area's first utility-scale solar
We're keeping your lights on and your rates steady:
general manager's 2016 year in review and 2017 preview 
Save energy and money this New Year with SmartHub
7 energy-saving resolutions for 2017
Put money in your pocket with 2017 rebates from Polk-Burnett
Deadline to apply for 2017 board election is March 10
Safety tip: Keep your propane tank clear of snow and ice
Safety tip: Use space heaters with caution

December 2016 Powerlines
Giving back is co-op way during holidays and all year
Operation Round-Up donates $10,450
Have an energy-efficient holiday season
7 safety tips for the holiday season
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, 9 safety tips to avoid exposure
First notice: Members invited to apply for 2017 director election
Final notice: Scholarship application deadline is January 6

November 2016 Powerlines
Happy Thanksgiving from the general manager
Holiday gift drive is November 28 to December 9
Receive $2 rebate on LED holiday lights
Congratulations, open house prize winners
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Four energy savers for fall
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Looking for the perfect gift? A co-op gift card is always in style 
November cost quiz: How much does a foot of underground cable cost?

October 2016 Powerlines
What does it mean to be a cooperative?
Halloween energy savers: Pull the plug on energy vampires
October cost quiz: How much does a foot of overhead wire cost?
Winter rates begin October 1
Second notice: Wisconsin Energy  Assistance
Easy bill pay options by phone and online
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Get $300 co-op rebates

September 2016 Powerlines
Member Appreciation Open House is Oct. 7
Co-op returns $820,000 in Capital Credits
Operation Round-Up awards $12,440
Class of 2017: Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Safety: Look up to avoid hazards during harvest
Safety: Call 811 before you dig
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance 

September Cost Quiz: How much does a power pole cost?

August 2016 Powerlines
Do the Summer Shift: You can make a difference
Metro, Owens and Traynor elected to co-op board
Strong financials, reliability and technology highlight 78th annual meeting
August Cost Quiz: How much does a padmount transformer cost?

Put money in your pocket with rebates from Polk-Burnett
What's the best deal for keeping warm this winter?
Be Safe: Stay in your vehicle if power lines are down
Member who track electricity on SmartHub use less
Annual meeting drawing winners

July 2016 Powerlines
Outages down 50% for co-op members
You can help lower costs, do the Summer Shift
See your electric bill for another credit in July
The power is in your hands with prepaid billing
July Cost Quiz: How much does a large bucket truck cost?
$300 rebates on home performance test
Watch for propane pre-buy contracts late July
Why are co-op workers on your property?

June 2016 Powerlines
Polk-Burnett ranks in top 25% for reliability
Be prepared for summer storms and outages
Summer rates in effect June to September
Watch for PCA credit on your June bill
EnergySense cuts electricity use by 1 million kWh
A/C notice for members in load management program
Operation Round-Up donates $13,700 to local programs
Sajna and Hansen are 2016 Youth Tour delegates
Co-op awards $45,000 to Class of 2016: See scholarship winners
June cost quiz: How much does an auto-reading meter cost?

May 2016 Powerlines
Official Notice: 78th annual meeting is Friday, June 17
Paul Oman to create original art at annual meeting
Polk-Burnett is upgrading security lights to LEDs
How much does an OCR cost?
Co-op rebates help you save on geothermal systems
Propane summer fill special
Landscaping and structures can be dangerous when too close to electrical equipment
Members win $50 credit for updating contact information

April 2016 Powerlines
PCA credit on your April electric bill
How much does a lightning arrester cost?
A clear right-of-way ensures reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members
April 11 is lineman appreciation day
Celebrate Earth Day April 22 with energy efficiency
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly
April is safe digging month, call before you dig

March 2016 Powerlines
PCA credit on your March electric bill
Operation Round-Up donates $16,050
Members received $175,000 in co-op rebates in 2015
How much does a regulator cost?
Reliable power: System maintenance and upgrades
Safety: Metal theft is dangerous and costly
Safety: Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer, avoid exposure

February 2016 Powerlines
How much does it cost to build and maintain a reliable electric system?
Linemen to replace 49 miles of line and 180 poles in 2016
Give your home an energy vacation
Co-op security lights brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Deadline to file for 2016 board election is March 18
Give your home a performance test and boost your energy dollar
Be prepared for winter storms and outages
Easy bill pay options

January 2016 Powerlines
PCA credit applied to Dec. and Jan. electric bills
New rates cover costs, they do not increase revenue
New Year's resolution: Save energy and money
Put money in your pocket with rebates from Polk-Burnett
Co-op invests $4.5 million in system reliability
Safety: Use space heaters with caution
Deadline to file for 2016 board election is March 18

December 2015 Powerlines
2015 was a strong year for giving back
Deadline for $1,250 co-op scholarship is January 1
Operation Round-Up awards $11,275 to 13 local programs
Do you use more electricity during the holidays? 
6 safety tips for the holiday season
Members invited to apply for 2016 board election
New rates in January 2016 are based on actual costs
Rebates still available for 2015 purchases

November 2015 Powerlines
Turn in your rebate forms for LED holiday lights
Holiday gift drive is Nov. 23 to Dec. 7
Win a $1,250 scholarship, deadline is January 1
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
Congratulations, open house prize winners!
New rates in January 2016 reflect actual costs
Be prepared for winter storms and outages

October 2015 Powerlines
Co-op restructuring rates to recover basic costs
Attend a member rate forum to see what to expect on your bill
Winter rates begin October 1
October is national co-op month
Co-op programs can save you money
Look up to avoid hazards during harvest
Stove heat alert
Off-peak receiver testing is November 18

September 2015 Powerlines
Co-op to return $800,000 in Capital Credits; watch for your check
PCA credit applied to August and September electric bills
Class of 2016: Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Earn rebates on Energy Star appliances and appliance recycling
Operation Round-Up gives $16,800 to community programs
Member appreciation open house is Friday, October 9
Wisconsin Energy Assistance notice
Ed Johansen promoted to operations manager
Your opinion counts: Phone survey in October

August 2015 Powerlines
Meet Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett's new general manager
Co-op introduces rate restructuring at 77th annual meeting
Propane pre-buy and budget programs still available
No deposits, no due dates when you prepay your electric bill 
Put money in your pocket with rebates from Polk-Burnett

July 2015 Powerlines
Advocating for reliable, affordable electricity on Capitol Hill
You can help lower summer power costs: Do the Summer Shift
Summer energy savers: High summer use means high bills
Rate restructuring notice
What is the monthly basic electric charge?
Jeff Traynor appointed to co-o board
Stay in your vehicle if power lines are down
Watch for propane pre-guy contracts this month
Managing your electric account and paying online is easy with SmartHub

June 2015 Powerlines
Summer rate in effect June to September
Youth Tour delegates tour Washington, D.C.
Co-op awards $45,000 in scholarships to Class of 2015
Operation Round-Up awards $13,450 to 17 local programs
A/C notice for members in load management program
Prepare for summer storms and power outages
$300 rebate on home performance test, $750 rebate on upgrades
Safety: Please don't post on utility poles

May 2015 Powerlines
Why you should attend co-op's annual meeting
Member rate forums coming this summer
Schmidt resigns, Stroshane named interim general manager
Wondering how the propane-powered pickup is working out?
It's good to see co-op workers on your property
Co-op incentives can help you save on geothermal systems
Practical pointers for National Electrical Safety Month
Thank you for updating your contact information

April 2015 Powerlines
Rate restructuring in 2016, watch for member forums this summer
Annual herbicide notice
Happy Earth Day: Green energy now totals 12%
Help Polk-Burnett protect the Karner blue butterfly
Building or landscaping? Call before you dig
Vote in co-op board election this spring
Get a $250 rebate on an e-vehicle charger

March 2015 Powerlines
Sorry, No Recycle Day this spring
Operation Round-Up donates $16,300 to local programs
Working to restore power and keep you informed
Download FREE SmartHub app to track electricity
Earn $500/KW rebate on solar PV
Conserve and save with a new ETS heater

February 2015 Powerlines
Democracy at your co-op: 2015 board election, annual meeting
Boost your energy dollar with home performance test, rebates apply
Co-op security lights brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Easy bill pay options by phone and online
Be prepared for winter storms and outages
How much electricity do you use? There's an app for that

January 2015 Powerlines
Co-op lowers energy rate January 1
Keeping the lights on and rates steady: 2015 system and financial forecast
Space heater safety: Space heaters cause 32% of house fires
Your heater works harder in winter, which means bills are higher
More EnergySense rebates for 2015
Deadline to file for 2015 board election is March 20

December 2014 Powerlines
Co-op lowers energy rate January 1
Co-op is not-for-profit, gives $800,000 back and cuts rates by $3.5 million
Co-op supports local youth and community with $45,000 in scholarships and $45,145 in grants
Operation Round-Up awards $7,245 to local programs
Co-op invested $4 million in 2014 to keep the lights on
Community solar development stopped
Propane installs new 45,000 gallon storage tank in Burnett County
Members invited to apply for 2015 board election
Holiday energy and safety tips

November 2014 Powerlines
Co-op to lower energy rate January 1
Fall into savings: helping you conserve and save
9th annual holiday gift drive: make the season bright for local kids
Benson appointed to Propane Services board
Give the gift of power and light this holiday season
Don't forget to turn in rebate forms for holiday LEDs
Scholarship deadline is January 2, 2015
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
Information is powerful with co-op tech tools
Congratulations, open house prize drawing winners

October 2014 Powerlines
Rate relief ends Oct. 31, winter rate begins Nov. 1, co-op lowers energy rate Jan. 1
Class of 2015: Win a co-op scholarship
Get rebates for LED holiday lights
Off-peak testing is November 19
Be prepared for winter storms and outages
October is co-op month, discover the power of co-op membership

September 2014 Powerlines
Class of 2015: Get a $1,250 scholarship from your co-op
Watch for Capital Credit checks in the mail
Co-op member appreciation open house is October 10. You're invited for food and prizes
There's still time: Buy a subscription to our new community solar system for a credit on your electric bill
Wisconsin Energy Assistance notice
Get a $250 rebate on a home performance test and a $750 rebate on upgrades

August 2014 Powerlines
New plug-in electric vehicle on the road
Get e-vehicle rebates, off-peak rates from your co-op
Watch for your Capital Credit check in the mail
Co-op seeking members with unclaimed Capital Credits
Order propane now for winter heating season
Board election results: Thorman, Morris, Gullickson re-elected
Community solar, e-vehicle launched at 76th annual meeting
Operation Round-Up awards $15,050 to local programs

July 2014 Powerlines
Rate Relief totals $2.6 million
Community solar information sessions added in August
Co-op receives economic development award
Co-op funded fire station breaks ground in Grantsburg
Do the summer shift when electricity demand and cost are highest
Summer energy savers and storm tips
Rebates on home performance tests and upgrades
For your security, we can no longer take your credit card information

June 2014 Powerlines
Community solar information meetings
From Sun Belt to Snow Belt, solar energy takes off
Get rebates up to $1,500 on a solar energy system
Rate relief continues, electric bills cut $2.3 million
Propane summer fill special
Class of 2014 co-op scholarship and Youth Tour winners
Operation Round-Up awards $9,500

May 2014 Powerlines
Growing green energy
76th annual meeting, pie and ice-cream social is June 20
Make your voice heard: board election ballots mail May 9
Rate Relief continues: electric bills cut $2.2 million
Marathon water heaters just $500 for co-op members
Practical pointers for National Electrical Safety Month

April 2014 Powerlines
Rate Relief continues, bills reduced $2.1 Million
Free geothermal energy seminar for co-op members
Annual herbicide notice for co-op members
Propane budget billing offers steady prices, price protection
Help protect the Karner butterfly
Building or landscaping this spring? Call before you dig and keep away from transformer boxes
Meet District 6 Director Bob Thorsbakken
Make your voice heard in co-op board election

March 2014 Powerlines
Rate Relief continues, bills reduced $1.9 million
Pull the plug on outdated appliances and save
Sixth-annual Clean Sweep Recycle Day is April 25
Meet District 5 Director Jeff Peterson
Operation Round-Up awards $13,350
Conserve and save with a new ETS heater
Power up after a storm

February 2014 Powerlines
Rate relief continues, savings June to December total $1.8 million
Co-op mission, values, vision
Improve home comfort and energy efficiency with EnergySense rebates
$500/KW rebates on solar energy
Mark your calendar: 76th annual meeting is June 20
Meet District 4 Director Marlyn Bottolfson
Co-op to hold board election in districts 1, 2 and 3
Space heater safety
Brighten your yard from dusk to dawn with co-op security lights

January 2014 Powerlines
Rate Relief extended through April 2014
2104 financial forecast and system improvements
2014 EnergySense rebates
2014 board election offers e-voting, deadline to file is March 21
Co-op website upgrade
Manage electric account and pay online with SmartHub
Keep propane tank clear of snow and ice

 

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