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Use common-sense safety for indoor living By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing Communications

As the winter weather pushes us indoors for longer stretches of time, many indoor projects and activities crank up. The onset of cold, windy days prompts many to plug in portable space heaters for placement in strategic areas to keep the toes and fingers warm. Power tools for baking or construction, equipment for fitness and entertainment and other electrical devices begin to pull on a home’s electrical usage. Keep these simple safety tips in mind when using portable heaters or other appliances:

• Make sure all cords are in good condition. They are hazardous when frayed or cracked. • Do not place furniture, baskets or other materials on top of electrical cords. • If an outlet is loose, have it replaced. Outlets with bad contact can overheat leading to fires. • Have any broken wall plates replaced. • Never cut the third prong (safety/ground connection) off of electric plugs. • Use light bulbs with the correct wattage for lamps. Do not use a bulb with more than 60 watts.

• Make sure outlets around sinks and tubs are GFCI equipped before use. • Never use extension cords as permanent wiring. They should only be used with portable appliances and plugged directly into an approved receptacle, power tap or multi-plug adapter. • Older wiring in apartments and homes may not be able to handle the increased electrical demand of modern day appliances and electronics. • Pull electrical plugs out of the wall socket only by the plug and never by the cord.

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Private locates may be necessary in some areas Even when you inspect the ground carefully, buried utility lines seldom give any clue as to their location. Because of this, there might be an unwanted surprise waiting for people doing excavations. Utility lines are buried in cities and towns, in the country, along roads, and sometimes far away from the beaten paths in PRECorp’s territory. In Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties, PRECorp contracts with line locating

staff at ELM. In Crook and Weston counties, PRECorp staff will visit the site free of charge, and mark the location of their lines leading to and including the meter. However, PRECorp (or ELM on behalf of PRECorp) only locate lines up to and including the meter. Sometimes the meter is connected to the house or other structure. Other times it is positioned a distance away. Any underground lines that connect the meter to a structure are the

responsibility of the owner. “At that point homeowners or contractors may think there isn’t anything there, or they make their best guess on where the underground might be,” said PRECorp Safety and Loss Control Coordinator Hoby Hughes. It is a good idea to hire ELM for a private locate if there is any question about underground between the meter and a structure. They can be reached at (406) 728-9343.

Please note our Holiday hours Powder River Energy Corporation offices will be closed for these upcoming holiday observances: Christmas – December 26 AND New Year’s Day – January 2

To report an outage call: 1-888-391-6220.

POWDER RIVER ENERGY CORPORATION 221 Main Street • P.O. Box 930 • Sundance, WY 82729 1-800-442-3630 • Report an Outage: 1-888-391-6220

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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 PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/news.


PRECorp changes Idle Line Retention rates By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing Communications PRECorp recently received approval from the Wyoming Public Service Commission to change the format of its current Idle Service rate structure. The name of the rate has been changed from “Idle Service” to “Idle Line Retention.” Under this rate, customers who have fulfilled their contract for service, but wish to suspend electrical service and leave the line in place for future use may do so. The meter, meter loop, security light and transformer may be removed at the discretion of PRECorp. The poles and line will be left intact.

The change, approved Oct. 3, 2011, moves the structure from an annual rate to a monthly rate for each customer class.

The new monthly rates are as follows: Residential/Seasonal - $15.00 Irrigation - $15.00 General Service - $18.00 General Service CBM - $35.00 Large Power - $79.00 Large Power CBM - $100.00 The Idle Line Retention Rate Tariff will allow the member to have the meter disconnected and continue to pay a minimum charge to ensure the line is left in

place. If you have an idle service on your property, PRECorp will be contacting you in the upcoming months to find out whether you have future plans for this service or would like to have it removed. To retain the idle service, you will be required to pay the idle service charge associated with the type of service it was when energized (e.g., residential, stock well, irrigation, etc.). In order to reactivate a service on the Idle Line Retention rate, a reconnect fee will be charged, plus applicable deposits. A load evaluation form will be required prior to restoration for all classes except for Residential/Seasonal.

Up to $2,500 available to PRECorp members in Conservation Loan

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By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing Communications Specialist Powder River Energy Corporation member/ owners can save now and pay later with the Conservation Loan Program. The program gives members an opportunity to save a little money and leverage several hundred dollars to make some efficiency upgrades to their homes. Conservation Loan Program PRECorp’s Conservation Loan Program offers a zero interest loan up to $2,500 for members to complete energy efficiency improvements such as: upgrading windows, installing energy star appliances, replacing incandescent bulbs with Compact Florescent Light bulbs

POWDER RIVER ENERGY CORPORATION 221 Main Street • P.O. Box 930 • Sundance, WY 82729 1-800-442-3630 • Report an Outage: 1-888-391-6220

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(CFL), or adding insulation. The loan can be paid back over a three-year period. Members wishing to receive a loan must meet certain credit history criteria. Conservation Loans can be used to purchase Energy Star-rated appliances like a new washer and dryer. The loan funds can also be used to purchase new windows, insulation, furnaces and other energy efficient improvements to your home. An average home equity loan has a 6 percent to 8 percent interest rate. If you put the purchase on a credit card, the interest is as high as 21 percent. Our loan is zero percent. To receive an application and hear more about energy efficiency, members should call a PRECorp customer service representative at 1-800-442-3630.

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 PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/news.


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