Lines POWER JULY 2008
Official Publication of Powder River Energy Corporation
Start your Engines for the 2008 Annual Meeting Members had such a good time at the Speedway during the 2007 Annual Meeting, we decided to do it again, and the 2008 Annual Meeting is going to be better than ever! Also back by popular demand, the Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon will again be flying over the Speedway. So go ahead and mark those calendars for Saturday August 23, 2008. A business meeting will be held at the Gillette Cam-plex with registration beginning at 2:30 p.m.. During the registration period members will be able to enjoy appetizers and beverages as well as an informational display by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The business meeting will start at 4 p.m. Elections will be held this year to choose one (1) director from each of the following counties: Crook, Johnson, and Sheridan. Again, voting ballots will be included in the August edition of the WREN Magazine. After the business meeting, chances at great door prizes will still be available, including a few large “cash prizes!” Drive over to the Speedway after the meeting and bring the whole gang to our Family Fun Night. Just like last year, all members (and their families) that attend the PRECorp business meeting at the Gillette Cam-plex will receive a free pass for that night’s races, a food voucher, and a chance to win door prizes. In addition, each child under 12 will receive a chance to win a boy’s or girl’s bike. The Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon will also be back. This year, the PRECorp Foundation will be taking live bids for an untethered, long ride over the area (weather permitting). And that’s not all, a Speedway “ride” in one of the race cars will also be auctioned by the PRECorp Foundation. What opportunities! We’re giving attendees the chance to say they’ve either “flown in a hot air balloon” or “ridden in a high speed race car with a professional driver.” Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation.
Don’t forget to vote for your Board of Directors! Ballots will be in the August WREN! visit us at: www.precorp.coop
PRECorp to Sponsor 2008 Sheridan College Rodeo Attention PRECorp members: Want a chance to support your local rodeo talent while enjoying the last few warm days of summer? Then mark your calendars for September 27, 2008 and join Powder River Energy Corporation as they team up with Sheridan College as proud sponsors of the 2008 Sheridan College Rodeo. The Sheridan College Rodeo Team will be joined by 11 other college rodeo teams from Wyoming and the Central Rocky Mountain Region to put on an exciting performance for spectators of all ages. PRECorp members will receive free admission by simply bringing a copy of an electric bill, or by clipping a “get in free pass” which will soon appear in the upcoming September edition of the WREN. So mark your calendar, round up the family and remember to join PRECorp at the Sheridan College Rodeo on September 27th. Help us show the competitors how much we support our local college rodeo team by filling the grandstands at the Sheridan County fairgrounds!
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Join Operation Round Up® Today! There are many non-profits that need assistance, but sometimes, as an individual, it is hard to reach them all, much less sort through funding requests, validity, and community need. That’s why PRECorp is making it easier for members to make a small individual contribution that affects their communities in a big way. Operation RoundUp® gathers voluntary contributions from participating co-op members by “rounding up” their monthly bills to the next dollar – resulting in an average donation of roughly $6 per year, per account. Small change? Lots of small change can equal a big impact. Donations gathered will be awarded to nonprofits and civic organizations in PRECorp communities.
The funds are administered through the PRECorp Foundation which was formed to help maximize the effectiveness of individual donations to PRECorp communities by combining them with other individual donations and distributing those contributions. Making it easier for members by taking care of administrative details is a big benefit of the program, but the best part of Operation RoundUp® is that it is an extension of the “neighbor helping neighbor concept” that built our electric cooperative 62 years ago. Just as those early pioneers of electricity in northeast Wyoming formed an electric cooperative together to provide power to all, so does Operation RoundUp® bring together individual members to provide assistance to communities in need. Signing up is easy. Simply check the box on the Powder River Energy Corporation bill, call the Customer Service department at 800-442-3630 or enroll online at www.precorp.coop.
Summer Safety Tip: Watch For These Signs of Household Electrical Overload • • • •
Lights often flicker, blink or dim momentarily Circuit breakers trip or fuses blow often Cords or wall plates are warm to the touch or discolored Crackling, sizzling or buzzing is heard from outlets
If you have any of these present, you should have a home electrical inspection performed to find and correct hidden hazards. It is well worth the time and investment to have a qualified electrician check your residence and perform a few home repairs and upgrades that will provide protection and safety for your family and home.
CFL BRIGHT NEWS
Q) What wattage can I use? A) CFL packaging explains the incandescent (regular light bulb) wattage to the CFL equivalent. An example: A 14 watt CFL is equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. A simple rule of thumb is incandescent wattage divided by 4 equals the proper CFL size. Always follow the ﬁxture guidelines for sizing bulbs. Q) Can I use the bulb in a three-way lamp? A) A number of manufacturers, including Phillips and GE, offer both dimmable and 3-way CFLs. It is not advised to put an ordinary CFL into a dimmable or 3-way ﬁxture, however.
A publication of Powder River Energy Corporation 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.coop/news Power Lines Editor: Doreen Schaar