Official Publication of Powder River Energy Corporation
MAKE THE SWITCH Never worry about payment deadlines. No more monthly electric bill checks to write. No more searching for postage stamps to mail your bill.
Enroll in the Electronic Payment Plan Call the Customer Service Department at 1-800-442-3630 for more details or to enroll.
Energy Saving Tip
Use Window Coverings to Save on Energy Costs Draperies and shades can help you keep your heating and cooling bills under control. During the heating season, keep the coverings on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. During the summer season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block direct heat from the sun.
Power Lines A publication of Powder River Energy Corp. P. O. Box 930 Sundance, WY 82729 As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/ customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer suggestions and ideas regarding the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy. Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on Powder River Energy’s website at: www.precorp.org/news.htm. Power Lines Editor: Mike Blenkush
Happy New Year! January, 2004
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PRECORP $CHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Each year Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to qualifying graduates of the thirteen high schools in the its service territory (Arvada-Clearmont, Big Horn, Buffalo, Gillette, Hulett, Kaycee, Moorcroft, Newcastle, Sheridan, Sundance, Tongue River, Upton, and Wright). To be eligible to receive a scholarship the applicant’s parents or legal guardians must be members of and receive electric service from PRECorp. The applicant must be a student who is enrolled or plans to enroll in an accredited two-year college, four-year college, or vocational/technical school. The scholarships are available to year 2003 graduating seniors and to students who previously graduated from one of the thirteen high schools in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. Scholarship awards are based on academic excellence and financial need, and are selected by a committee designated by the board of directors of PRECorp. To apply, the student must satisfy the required criteria and complete the scholarship application, which can be obtained from the high school guidance office or directly from PRECorp (Applications for Basin Electric Power Cooperative's scholarship are also available at the guidance offices). For more information please call Kristin Kelly, 1-800-442-3630, Ext. 2362. Applications must be received by PRECorp no later than March 5, 2004.
Expect BIGGER Electric Bills During Winter Months It’s that time of year again! The change of seasons to colder weather means that you will use more electricity, which of course, results in higher electric bills. There are a variety of reasons why electricity usage increases in the winter. Heating is a major factor. If you have electric heat, or use electric space heaters, your electricity usage and electric bill can double and even triple during the winter months. The accompanying graph shows the average monthly kilowatt-hour usage for residential customers on Powder River Energy Corporation’s system and the effect of the winter heating season. Your electric water heater works more in the winter, because people use more hot water and the incoming water is colder. Continued on back page >>>
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Shorter days and longer evenings require more lighting and an increase in other indoor activities, such as television viewing. There is a tendency to cook more hot meals at this time of the year. Also, because of the holidays, larger meals, extra baking, cleaning and visitors will affect your monthly electric bill. If you become aware of the different factors that can increase your electric bill now, the larger winter bills won’t come as a surprise later.
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Kids “Get Charged” with Powder River Energy and the Discovery Channel -by Kristin Kelly
Powder River Energy Corporation is part of a group of Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives embarking on a campaign to ensure that middle and junior high school students in their communities receive quality education on electricity. Powder River Energy is doing this by assisting area schools through a partnership with Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives and the Discovery Channel. The Get Charged! kit contains a variety of educational tools – including videos, CD-ROMS, a Teacher’s Resource Guide, student activity books, and other collateral materials. Science teachers from schools in the Powder River Energy service territory have received these kits and will be implementing the material. The educational kit focuses on electricity, a component of the National Academy of Science’s National Science Education Standards. Powder River Energy has been a member of Touchstone Energy since 2001. Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 600 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 44 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 16 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovations, and a longstanding commitment to communities. Discovery Channel School products have been developed by the world’s most respected brand for television quality and recognized by leading educational groups for their excellence. The Get Charged! program represents a firsttime partnership for Discovery with a non-educational entity to provide content directly to schools. For more information on the Get Charged! kits call Kristin Kelly, Communications Specialist, 800-442-3630, extension 2362.
Statement of Nondiscrimination Powder River Energy Corporation is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of l964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of l973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of l975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization’s program or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Larry Kreuter, Manager of Human Resources. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be filed within l80 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.