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Attention! Rebate Changes in Effect Changes were recently made in Powder River Energy’s rebate program. Effective January 1, 2007 rebates on water heaters and heating systems will only apply when converting existing heating and cooling appliances from an alternative fuel source such as propane or gas to electricity. The new rebates for fuel conversion to electricity only are: Hot Water Heaters Air to Air Heat Pump GeoThermal Heat Pump Electric Heat

$3/Gal ($150 Max) $100/Ton ($500 Max) $100/Ton ($500 Max) $35/kW ($700 Max)

For more information call our Customer Service Department at 800-442-3630.

2007 PRECorp $cholarships Available Each year Powder River Energy Corporation Awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to qualifying graduates of the thirteen high schools in 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 Powder River Energy. 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 2007 high school 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 Powder River Energy. 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 Powder River Energy offices and online at www.precorp.coop. Students may also apply for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship. This scholarship is also worth $1,000. One student from the entire PRECorp service territory may be chosen. Applications will be available through high school guidance offices, at PRECorp offices and online at www.precorp.coop. For more information please call Kristin Kelly, 1-800-442-3630, Ext. 2362. Applications for the Basin Electric Scholarship must be received no later than February 1, 2007. Applications for the PRECorp Scholarship must be received no later than March 1, 2007.

Electrical Cord Safety Extension cords, with their ability to bring any appliance or lamp within easy reach of an electrical outlet, are one of the most convenient products in the home. But when they are misused, they can be a potential source of danger. Extension cords are generally rated in amps and volts. To determine if an extension cord is properly rated, add the total wattage of each bulb or electrical device, then divide by 120 to calculate the total number of amps. If the total number of amps is equal to or greater than the maximum rating of the cord, you must use a higher rated extension cord. If you were to use a thin cord for a device that draws a lot of current, such as an electric space heater, the cord could overheat and start an electrical fire. A publication of Select the right cord for the job. Larger appliances and power tools use cords Powder River Energy Corporation P.O. Box 930 with three prongs, or conductors, one of which is the ground wire. Sundance, WY 82729 • Never run extension cords through walls, under rugs or furniture, or As an official publication of Powder River Energy across doorways. Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to • Never try to repair a damaged extension cord with electrical tape; communicate to member/customers information replace it. concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer and ideas regarding the safe, • Never overload an extension cord. If any part of the cord feels warm to suggestions efficient, and economical use of electric energy. the touch, the cord is drawing too much power and could cause a fire Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on or shock hazard. Powder River Energy’s website at: • Cover unused outlets on the exension cord to prevent children from www.precorp.coop/community.cfm. making contact with a live circuit.

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Power Lines Editor: Doreen Schaar


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