June 2024 Powerlines Cover ImageJune Powerlines
Preparing first responders for EVs
Ford Lightning after one year on the job
20 local nonprofits receive $20,244 from Operation Round Up
Lauren Sobczak is our 2024 Youth Tour delegate
Co-op seeks members with unclaimed Capital Credits
Summer rate in effect June to September
You can help lower energy costs and carbon
AC notice for members in load management
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly


May PowerlinesMay 2024 Powerlines Cover
Members, we look forward to seeing you June 14!
Three co-op board directors are unopposed in spring election
Special co-op member price on Marathon water heater
Nick Kuechenmeister promoted to general manager of Polk-Burnett Propane
Co-op awards $144,000 in scholarships to Class of 2024


April PowerlinesApril 2024 Powerlines
Thank you lineworkers, we can always count on you!
Don’t post on power poles, please move over for utility crews
Rebates for co-op members on energy efficient heat pumps
Happy Arbor Day, April 26
A clear right-of-way is a priority for safe, reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members


March Powerlines
Thank you for taking our member survey, we read and value all your commentsMarch 2024 Powerlines
Solar energy seminar March 28
Operation Round Up makes a difference in our community
Get to know Co-op Board Director Wilfred Owens
It's dangerous to build or landscape near utility equipment
Installing new electric service? See new service checklist
Simplify your life with SmartHub


February 2024 PowerlinesFebruary 2024 Powerlines
Guide to the electric grid, the world's most complex machine
Co-op receives high satisfaction score on annual member survey
Get to know Co-op Board Director Joe Metro
Co-op taking applications for 2024 board election
Why does my power go out?
Space heaters can be dangerous and can increase bill
$350 off home performance test, then up to $1,000 rebate on home energy upgrades


January 2024 Powerlines
Reliable power and extraordinary service for today and tomorrow
Make a resolution to boost energy efficiency in 2024 with co-op rebatesJanuary 2024 Powerlines
Run for a seat on the co-op
Get to know your Co-op Board President Ed Gullickson
Outage text alerts for co-op members
Save time and money with SmartHub app
Keep your propane tank clear of ice and snow
Stay clear of galloping power lines


December 2023 PowerlinesDecember 2023 Powerlines
The power of rounding up: Your change is changing lives
Get to know Co-op Board Director Cindy Thorman
Would you like to serve on the co-op board?
Scholarship deadline is Jan. 1
Rebate deadline is Jan. 1
Energy savers for the holiday season
Be prepared for winter storms & power outages
Stay in your vehicle if power lines are down


November 2023 PowerlinesNovember 2023 Powerlines
Polk-Burnett returns $1.58 million to co-op members on November electric bills
Watch for member survey in your email Dec. 1 - 10
Get to know Co-op Board Director Mike Morris
Co-op scholarships
16th Annual Polk-Burnett Holiday Gift Drive
Hunters, be safe, stay away from utilities
Save money with these winter energy savers
4 ways to safeguard your home this winter
Co-op phone extension directory
Please keep your phone number up to date
Give the gift of power and light this holiday season
Rebates for co-op members on energy efficient heat pumps


October 2023 PowerlinesOctober 2023 Powerlines
Local governance is the co-op way
Get to know Co-op Board Director John Ukura
Lower winter rates begin October 1
Special co-op member price on Marathon water heater
Class of 2024: Win a $1,500 co-op scholarship
Nails can seriously hurt lineworkers
Watch out for utility scams
Giveaways for members during Co-op Month in October


September 2023 PowerlinesSeptember 2023 Powerlines
The best way to save energy is not using it in the first place
Cut energy costs and improve comfort in your home
Thank you for switching to paperless billing!
Be prepared for storms and power outages
$135,000 in scholarships to Class of 2024
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Have a safe harvest: Keep equipment clear of power lines
Be safe: Call 811 before you dig
Fall planting guide
If you use a stove for heat, have a plan for power outages


August 2023 Powerlines
Dairyland VP Jeremy Browning is special guest at 85th Annual Meeting
Three incumbents re-elected to co-op board
Operation Round Up donates $28,925 to community programs
Congratulations, safety poster contest winners
$800 rebate on an EV charger
Energy tip: Ceiling fans
Do the Summer Shift: Reduce electricity when demand and cost are highest, summer weekdays


July 2023 Powerlines
Funding scholarships for our next generation of leaders
Georgetown Solar construction begins, energy to benefit local members of Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op
Energy savings hub for federal tax credits and rebates
Co-op hosts EV safety training for first responders
New look coming soon to SmartHub!
Propane prebuy contracts available late July
Be prepared for summer storms and power outages
Enroll to receive peak alerts


June 2023 Powerlines
GM Column: In person, online or over the lines, we're here to serve you
Summer rate in effect June to September
You can help lower energy costs and carbon
A/C notice for members in load management
Dorn and Fogelberg are co-op Youth Tour delegates
Summer energy savers
Operation Round Up supports 28 local nonprofits with $31,750!
Yard planting guide


May 2023 Powerlines
85th Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Day is June 9, with guest speaker from Dairyland Power
Members will see another PCA credit on electric bills this month
Calling all third graders: Enter electrical safety poster contest and win prizes!
Solar energy tours for school and community groups
Special co-op member price on Marathon water heaters
Electric co-op awards $145,500 in scholarships to Class of 2023
Help us protect the endangered Karner blue butterfly


April 2023 Powerlines
Polk-Burnett joins co-op partnership to develop utility-scale solar in rural Wisconsin
Did you know you can buy Evergreen renewable energy blocks?
Good news! Members will see a PCA credit on electric bills this month
Celebrating Lineworker Appreciation Day April 10
2023 co-op board election
Rebates for co-op members on energy efficient heat pumps
A clear right-of-way means safe, reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members


March 2023 Powerlines
Electric rates up this month, first increase since 2010
$350 off performance test for your home
Coming Friday, June 9: Member Appreciation Day and 85th Annual Meeting
Operation Round Up awards $9,000 to help community programs 
Co-op begins outage text alerts for members with cell number on account
It's dangerous to build or landscape near utility equipment
Be safe when using a portable generator


February 2023 Powerlines
Cost of wholesale power up 6.5%, members will see 5% increase on electric bills
Co-op receives high satisfaction score
Members invited to run for co-op board
Beat the peak relieves pressure on the grid and saves money
Space heaters increase your electric bill and can be dangerous
A flexible payment option for co-op members
Solar energy seminar March 16


January 2023 Powerlines
GM Column: Looking back on 2022 and ahead to 2023
Introducing outage text alerts for co-op members
Reliable power: Less than one outage hour per member
Winter load control moves to morning
Run for a seat on the co-op board
Keep your propane tank clear of ice and snow
Save energy and money with co-op rebates


December 2022 Powerlines
High price of fuel and materials will increase cost of electricity
5 ways to stay warm, save energy and money this winter
Electricity is a great value, and we depend on it to power our lives
Operation Round Up reaches $1 Million in giving!
Apply for co-op scholarship by January 1
EnergySense rebate deadline is January 1
What's the difference between Energy Star and Energy Guide
Consider serving on the co-op board


November 2022 Powerlines
Polk-Burnett returns $2.28 million to co-op members on November electric bills
Give the gift of power and light this holiday season
15th Annual Polk-Burnett Holiday Gift Drive
Power cost adjustment on November electric bill
Hunters, be safe, stay away from utilities
Save money and energy on lights this holiday season with co-op rebates
85 co-op scholarships will be awarded to Class of 2023
Get an $800 rebate on a Level 2 EV smart charger


October 2022 Powerlines
Why are we talking about EVs and EV chargers?
Happy Co-op Month!
Lower winter rates begin October 1
Special member price on Marathon® water heaters, $750!
Fall energy savers
Beware of email and phone scams
Class of 2023: Win a $1,500 co-op scholarship
Door prize winners from Member Appreciation Day


September 2022 Powerlines
GM Column: Are you ready for the next big storm?
Cut energy costs and improve comfort in your home
Thank you for rounding up, your generosity makes a difference
Have a safe harvest: Keep equipment clear of power lines
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Congratulations, safety poster contest winners
Class of 2023 scholarships, 85 awarded for $1,500 each!


August 2022 Powerlines
84th Annual Meeting highlights
Fast charging now open in St. Croix Falls
Buy renewable energy blocks from your co-op
Looking for a safe, clean, affordable way to stay warm this winter?
Access to your electric account is easy on SmartHub
Do the Summer Shift: Reduce electricity when demand and cost are high


July 2022 Powerlines
Introducing Georgetown Solar
Member Appreciation Day is August 12
Osceola grads Burrows and Kremer are 2022 Youth Tour delegates
Propane prebuy contracts available late July
Power cost adjustment on July electric bills


June 2022 Powerlines
This is why a clear right-of-way is important
Do the Summer Shift and Beat the Peak to cut cost and carbon
A/C notice for members in load management
Summer rate in effect June to September
Operation Round Up helps teach kids about gardening
You may have unclaimed Capital Credits
Co-op rebates on high efficiency heat pumps


May 2022 Powerlines
You're invited to the 84th Annual Meeting
Working to overcome supply chain disruptions
Electrical Safety Poster Contest for third graders
Special co-op member price on Marathon water heaters
Co-op awards $77,500 in scholarships to Class of 2022


April 2022 Powerlines
Co-op pays out $1 million special Capital Credit retirement
2022 Annual Meeting is online June 10
2022 board election ballots mail April 29
Free EV seminar May 10, $800 charger rebate available
Lineworker appreciation day April 11
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly
Building or landscaping this spring? Call before you dig
Annual herbicide notice for members


March 2022 Powerlines
New construction and your electric service
Move your electric service line from overhead to underground to avoid future damage from storms
Solar and wind rebates, solar seminar April 12
It's dangerous to build or landscape near utilities
Surge protection: keep your electronics safe
Phone extension directory
Operation Round Up spotlight grant


February 2022 Powerlines
GM column: Understanding electricity supply and demand
Four ways to save energy when working from home
Tips to ditch the space heater
Home performance rebate for co-op members
Members invited to run for co-op board
Brighten your yard from dusk to dawn


January 2022 Powerlines
Electric heat pumps: The safe, affordable, efficient choice
2022 work plan: Investing in reliability
Save energy and money with co-op rebates
Run for a seat on the co-op board
Keep your propane tank clear of snow and ice
Respect private property in the right-of-way


December 2021 Powerlines
Reflecting on our 2021 performance
What's the best way to keep warm this winter?
Thank you for completing our annual survey
Rebate and scholarship deadlines
Seeking applications for 2022 board election
Be aware of DOXO and third-party payment sites


November 2021 Powerlines
General manager column: Is an electric vehicle right for you?
Phone extension directory
Electric grid and meter upgrade
Cooking up energy savings this holiday season
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity


October 2021 Powerlines
Powering economic opportunity in our community
FREE SWAG! For members during Co-op Month
Electric co-ops were local before it was cool
Lower winter rates begin October 1
Special member price on Marathon® water heaters
Beware of email and phone scams
Class of 2022: Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship


September 2021 Powerlines
What happens at Dairyland affects us all
Co-op returns $1.5 million in Capital Credits
Co-op can help you make your home EV ready
Co-op to award $67,500 in scholarships to Class of 2022
Have a safe harvest: Keep equipment clear of power lines
Cut energy costs and improve comfort in your home
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Be prepared for storms and power outages
Thank you for rounding up, your small change makes a big difference


August 2021 Powerlines
Co-op members and leaders connect online for 83rd annual meeting
Three incumbents re-elected to co-op board
Do the summer shift to reduce costs and carbon
Looking for a great way to stay warm this winter?
Know what to do if your power goes out
Why it's good to see co-op workers on your property
Drive electric: $800 rebate on level 2 EV smart charger
Buy renewable energy blocks from your co-op
Access to your electric account is easy on SmartHub


July 2021 Powerlines
SunTuria Solar: Celebrating four years of clean, local energy
Member Appreciation Day is Friday, Aug. 13, noon to 3 p.m.
Summer Shift: When we all work together to conserve energy, we all win
Propane prebuy contracts available late July
Congratulations, safety poster contest winners
Solar Energy Seminar: Thursday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m.
Co-op rebates on solar and wind energy system


June 2021 Powerlines
GM Blog: We're working to strengthen the grid and prevent outages
Move your service line out of harm's way
Tree trimming improves service for all
You can help lower energy costs and carbon
Amery grad Nick Hahn chosen as Youth Tour delegate
Co-op supports 16 local nonprofits with $16,470
A/C notice for members in load management
Summer rate in effect June to September
Convenient new option for cash payments


May 2021 Powerlines
Co-op changes security lights to LEDs
Official Notice: 83rd Annual Meeting is June 11
Improve energy efficiency and comfort with a geothermal heat pump
$67,500 in co-op scholarships to Class of 2021
New construction checklist and video for co-op members
May is Electrical Safety Month


April 2021 Powerlines
GM column: Polk-Burnett joins CHARGE EV
Online energy seminar: Electric Vehicle Myths & Facts
Co-op members: Get a rebate on solar and wind systems
Survey helps co-op plan future energy needs
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly
Building or landscaping this spring? Call before you dig
A clear right-of-way means safe, reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members


March 2021 Powerlines
Choose electric to save money and protect the environment
Dairyland expands wind energy
Special co-op member price on Marathon water heater
Operation Round Up awards $28,605 to 28 nonprofits
It's dangerous to build or landscape near utilities
$2,000 scholarship to study co-op law
Know how to report outages and sign up for outage texts


February 2021 Powerlines
Electricity brings value every day
Members invited to run for co-op board
Special member price for Marathon water heaters
Brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Keep away from power lines
Buy electricity when it's convenient for you
New license plate recognizes utility workers


January 2021 Powerlines
Let's connect! Maximize the value of your co-op membership
2021 Work Plan invests $5 million in grid reliability
Save energy and money in 2021 with co-op rebates
Run for a seat on the co-op board
Keep your propane tank clear of snow and ice
4 ways to stay cozy this winter


December 2020 Powerlines
GM column: Investing in the electric grid to improve your service
Thank you for completing co-op survey
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship, deadline Jan. 1
Holiday gift ideas that save money
Co-op rebate deadline is Jan. 2
First notice: Members invited to apply for board election
Winter weather is here, enroll to receive outage text alerts


November 2020 Powerlines
GM column: Electrify your world, benefits of electricity
Polk-Burnett to award 54 scholarships
Get a $5 electric bill credit when you sign up for SmartHub and switch to paperless billing
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
EnergySense rebate deadline is January 20, 2021
License to live: stay in vehicle if power line are down


October 2020 Powerlines
GM column: Co-op members will always come first
Free co-op month giveaways for members
Be aware of these red flags when connecting online
Try these simple steps to fight winter chills and high bills
Lower winter rates begin October 1
Find contact numbers for Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Get a special member price on Marathon water heaters


September 2020 Powerlines
Co-op returns $1.45 million in Capital Credits to members
Co-op to award $67,500 in scholarships to Class of 2021
Have a safe harvest: Keep equipment clear of power lines
Centuria office is Evergreen 100% Green Facility
$300 OFF performance test for your home
Be safe: Call 811 before you dig
Fall planting guide: Thank you for keeping trees out of the right-of-way
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance
September is National Preparedness Month: Be prepared for storms and power outages


August 2020 Powerlines
Co-op leaders conduct annual meeting online
Thorman, Morris, Gullickson re-elected to board
Energy demand and cost peak during hot weather
What's the best deal for keeping warm this winter?


July 2020 Powerlines

Working with Dairyland Power to be future ready
Reduce electricity when grid demand and price peak this summer
Someone you know may have unclaimed Capital Credits
Students: Win a scholarship!
Propane prebuy contracts available late July
Be prepared for summer storms and power outages


June 2020 Powerlines
82nd Annual Meeting is online July 8
Upgrades coming to restore substation outages faster
Special member price on Marathon water heaters
Hannah Orf and Nick Erickson selected for Co-op Youth Tour
Two ways you can lower energy costs and carbon
A/C notice for members in load management
Summer rate in effect June to September
Why it's good to see co-op workers on your property?
Buy Evergreen renewable energy blocks


May 2020 Powerlines
Powering our community during COVID-19 and moving forward
Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Day postponed
Energy efficiency lessons for kids while school's out
$67,500 in co-op scholarships to Class of 2020
Cut energy costs and improve comfort in your home
New construction this summer? Use our handy checklist.
Convert home power line from overhead to underground


April 2020 Powerlines
How will you celebrate Earth Day?
Lineman appreciation day is April 13
Solar energy seminar is May 5: Canceled
Annual meeting is June 5: Postponed to online July 8
Co-op board election in Districts 1, 2 and 3
Annual right-of-way and herbicide notice
Help us protect the Karner blue butterfly


March 2020 Powerlines
Introducing a new SmartHub experience
Member donations help food shelf, libraries and schools
It’s dangerous to build or landscape near utilities
Do you know you can buy renewable energy blocks?
Annual meeting and member appreciation day is June 5
Geothermal energy seminar and rebates from your co-op: Canceled


February 2020 Powerlines
What makes your co-op board powerful?
Make your voice heard in co-op director election
Drive electric: EV rebates, seminar and charging station
Four safety tips for winter
Sign up for outage text alerts
Brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Access to your electric account has never been so easy


January 2020 Powerlines
Thank you for your feedback, we’re happy to hear from you
This is what you told us in 2019; This is how your co-op is responding
Members like co-op, but many say rate is too high
2020 work plan invests in grid reliability
Put money in your pocket with 2020 co-op rebates
Deadline to apply for 2020 board election is March 6
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Keep your propane tank clear of snow and ice


December 2019 Powerlines
May your holiday season be merry and bright
Class of 2020: Win a co-op scholarship and trip to Washington, D.C.
First notice of 2020 board election; now seeking applicants
Light up your holiday season for safety and savings
Operation Round Up: Your small change makes a big difference
Be prepared for winter outages: Sign up for outage texting


November 2019 Powerlines
July storm recovery costs co-op $1.6 million
Fee-based conversion of service line from overhead to underground
Help make the season bright for local kids: 14th annual holiday gift drive
Special co-op member price on electric water heaters, $750!
Get a $5 bill credit when you sign up for SmartHub and switch to paperless billing
Annual notice: Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages; sign up for outage text


October 2019 Powerlines
October is co-op month: Free ice scrapers for co-op members!
Your electric co-op is by the community, for the community
Lower winter rates begin October 1
Co-op returns $1,075,585 in Capital Credits in October; watch your bill!
Halloween energy savers: Pull the plug on energy vampires
Class of 2020: Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Off-peak receiver test is November 20
7 tips for a safe harvest: Keep farm equipment clear of power lines


September 2019 Powerlines
Power restored to 9,000 members, July storm report
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship, 54 will be awarded to Class of 2020
Operation Round Up awards $17,482 to local programs
Clear right-of-way needed for safe, reliable power
Notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Cut energy costs and improve comfort in your home, $300 off home performance test


August 2019 Powerlines
General Manager Column: We're always learning something new
Do the Summer Shift to reduce peak power generation, cost and carbon
Free EV seminar for co-op members Sept. 10
Controlling humidity: Finding your comfort zone
What's the best deal for keeping warm this winter?
Stay in vehicle if power lines are down
Get $5 electric bill credit when you switch to paperless billing


July 2019 Powerlines
Annual meeting highlights: Keeping lights on, making a difference and no rate increase 
Traynor, Owens, Metro re-elected to co-op board 
Propane prebuy contracts available late July
Be prepared for summer storms and power outages
It's dangerous to build or landscape near utilities
Do the Summer Shift and help Beat the Peak
Six summer energy savers for co-op members


June 2019 Powerlines
When you choose to go electric, you are making a smart choice
Cut costs and carbon with Summer Shift and Beat the Peak 
Propane summer fill special
A/C notice for members in load control program
Operation Round Up supports summer reading for kids
46 co-op kids awarded $57,500 in co-op scholarships
Summer rate in effect June to September


May 2019 Powerlines
Get $300 off a home performance test and up to $1,000 in rebates on recommended home improvements
See you at the annual meeting, Friday, June 7
Official notice of 2019 annual meeting and member appreciation day
Geothermal & air source heat pump energy seminar June 11
May is electrical safety month: 8 tips to keep your family safe
Board election ballots mail April 29 to members in districts 4, 5 and 6
Why is it good to see co-op workers on your property?


April 2019 Newsletter
Delivering more renewable energy options
Celebrating Earth Day April 22
2 easy DIY projects to save energy
$300 rebate on home performance test
Help protect the Karner blue butterfly
Building or landscaping this spring? Call before you dig
Mark your calendars: 2019 Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Day
Make your voice heard: 2019 Co-op Board Election
A clear right-of-way ensure safe, reliable power
Annual herbicide notice for members


March 2019 Powerlines
Considering solar? We're here to help
Co-op rebates can help you save on residential solar and wind
Free solar energy seminar April 9
Buy Evergreen renewable energy blocks from your co-op
Food backpack program receives $2,000
Co-op members received $146,000 in rebates in 2018 and saved more than 1 million kWhs of energy
Mark your calendar: 2019 annual meeting and member appreciation day is Friday, June 7


February 2019 Powerlines
You are the heart of the co-op
Co-op electricity is becoming greener
Be prepared for winter storms
Welcome to the co-op board, Jerry Okonek
Special price on Marathon water heaters
Co-op security lights brighten your yard from dusk to dawn
Space heater safety
Apply for a seat on the co-op board
 


January 2019 Powerlines
2019 looks bright for co-op and members
Put money in your pocket in 2019 with co-op rebates
Co-op launches new website
Deadline to apply for 2019 board election is March 8
Be prepared for winter storms and power outages
Safety tip: Keep your propane tank clear of snow and ice


December 2018 Powerlines
Enhancing safety with $694,880 zero-interest loan for Alden Fire Station
12 local programs receive $13,356 from Operation Round Up
99.97% reliable: Building redundancies into co-op electric grid
First notice: Seeking applications for 2019 director election
Thank you for participating in our email survey
Deadline for 2018 EnergySense rebates is Jan. 1, 2019
Deadline for $1,250 co-op scholarship is Jan. 4, 2019


November 2018 Powerlines
Happy Thanksgiving: Thank you for your membership
Delivering power 99.97% of the time
Get $2 rebate on LED holiday lights
Farm animals can be sensitive to electricity
Buy renewable energy blocks for just $1 a month
Help us make the season bright for local kids
3 ways to stay informed if your power goes out


October 2018 Powerlines
It's co-op month: Cooperatives see the future, free mason jar mugs
Lower winter rate begins October 1
Easy bill pay options by phone and online
Get a $250 rebate on an EV charger
Wisconsin Energy Assistance
Win a $1,250 co-op scholarship
Stove heat safety alert
October is fire safety month and cybersecurity month


September 2018 Powerlines
$1,010,000 returned to members as Capital Credits 
$56,250 in scholarships awarded to Class of 2019
$18,165 awarded to local nonprofits by Operation Round Up
Please give us your feedback if you receive an email survey 
Keep farm equipment clear of power lines
Keep power lines clear of trees and branches
First notice: Wisconsin Energy Assistance


August 2018 Powerlines
A name you can trust: Make us your first source for energy information
Sign up for co-op's e-newsletter for reliable and convenient information
Grid resiliency is our ability to bounce back and deliver reliable power
Help us Beat the Peak
Lower your energy bill with co-op rebates
Electric thermal storage is  best deal for keeping warm this winter
Be safe: Stay in your vehicle if power lines are down


July 2018 Powerlines
At 80 years, co-op remains strong
Miller, Brookshaw, Swenson re-elected to board
Co-op rebates and free seminar on solar energy
Propane prebuy contracts in the mail late July
Please don't build or landscape near green utility boxes
Enroll to receive outage texts if your power goes out this summer