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Meet Your Directors Your Great Lakes Energy directors are not only part of your local community, but they are also members just like you.

An avid ice-fisherman and skilled woodworker, John LaForge represents District 9, which includes Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm and Ottawa counties. With a focus on community, John and his wife, Sara, spent many years involved in Civitan, an organization that helps disabled children. During the holiday months, you can find him dressed as one of Santa’s helpers at many different venues. LaForge is retired from General Motors and brings 34 years of team building and business management experience. To him, the reward of serving as your director is knowing that the decisions he helps make will continue to benefit members long into the future. That’s the cooperative difference.

Fuel Mix Report The fuel mix characteristics of Great Lakes Energy Cooperative as required by Public Act 141 of 2000 for the 12-month period ending 12/31/18.

Comparison Of Fuel Sources Used Regional average fuel mix used Your co-op’s fuel mix

Fuel Source Coal 25.72% Oil

45.48%

0.20%

0.38%

Gas 12.47%

20.20%

Hydroelectric

1.84%

0.95%

Nuclear 42.63%

26.62%

Renewable Fuels 17.14%

6.37%

Biofuel

0.40%

0.91%

Biomass

0.19%

0.49%

Solar

0.29%

0.13%

Solid Waste Incineration

0.10%

0.04%

Wind

15.93%

4.31%

Wood

0.23%

0.49%

NOTE: Biomass above excludes wood; solid waste incineration includes landfill gas; and wind includes a long-term renewable purchase power contract in Wolverine’s mix.

Your Co-op’s Fuel Mix

Regional Average Fuel Mix

Co-op Members Benefit

Emissions And Waste Comparison lbs/MWh

Great Lakes Energy members received capital credit refunds in December, including local businesses on our lines.

Type Of Emission/Waste

David Hackert (above) of Indian Summer Co-op, Ludington, accepts a $9,935 capital credit refund check from GLE’s Larry Phillips. Refunds were issued as bill credits or checks and were based on electricity purchases made by members in any or all of these years—2017 and 1996. As a member of an electric cooperative, you’re entitled to a share of the margins earned by GLE. Since 2003, Great Lakes Energy has issued over $71.4 million in capital credit refunds to members. It’s part of the cooperative difference.

Your Co-op

Regional Average*

Sulfur Dioxide

1.1

2.4

Carbon Dioxide

959.9

1,916.0

Oxides of Nitrogen High-level Nuclear Waste

0.6

1.3

0.0096

0.0060

*Regional average information was obtained from MPSC website and is for the 12-month period ending 12/31/18. Great Lakes Energy purchases 100% of its electricity from Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc., which provided this fuel mix and environmental data.

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March 2019 GLE  

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